iGive is a reputable Internet site that includes a search engine and online shopping portal and allows users to designate any charitable cause in the U.S. or Canada to receive 1 cent per search or a percentage of each purchase that varies depending on the merchant or service. These donations are made by participating merchants or services, then passed on to charities by iGive periodically at no extra cost to the user. The amounts for each transaction are small, ranging from a few cents to several dollars, but over time, if the site is used consistently, they do add up.
Occasionally, iGive has various promotions that involve additional donations. IBS Impact recently received one of these, customized to support IFFGD, as someone in our group uses iGive on IFFGD’s behalf. It is possible to use iGive without registering, however, if you do, with a small amount of personal information, this allows you to track your individual transactions, accumulated donations and checks issued, and to take a tax-deduction if your chosen cause is eligible in your country. You may set your privacy options as to if your name, contact information and donation amounts are made available to your designated charity. Otherwise, no one has access to any information except you and iGive. In this current promotion, iGive is giving additional donations for each newly registered member before August 31, 2011, as detailed below:
We’ve just surpassed 21,000 “Likes” on Facebook, so we’re celebrating.
We’re inviting 21,000 new people to start using iGive by Aug. 31. They’ll earn $10 or more free for International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD). Actually, you get to do the inviting, we’ll provide the money.
Just send invitees this link or post it on Facebook or other sites (you can even forward this e-mail):
Some Quick Celebration Details:
• $5 is donated just for using iGive through 10/31/11. No purchase necessary.
• Another $5 (or more) is donated if the new member also makes a purchase by 10/31/11.
• Shopping more means helping more. Over 900 great stores participate.
• No pop ups, ads, toolbars, special search engine, or unwanted emails.
• Our Facebook Page has great testimonials: http://www.facebook.com/igive
• New, never before having joined iGive people only qualify for this celebration.
It’s a bit of a race so get those invites out soon. Once 21,000 new members are using the iGive Button (for International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) or other causes) or August 31, 2011 happens, the celebration ends.
Robert N. Grosshandler
P.S. If you want to track how your cause is doing, please visit http://www.iGive.com//html/causestats.cfm
IBS Impact encourages interested readers to consider this free and easy grassroots funding option, either on behalf of IFFGD or another digestive health charity of your choice. Once you click through to the site, there is an option to change the designated charity if desired. Please note that although IFFGD is aware that it has been designated by some supporters and has confirmed that the organization does receive any amounts donated, IFFGD is not involved in this promotion or this blog post. Similarly, IBS Impact is not associated with iGive or any participating merchant on its site and does not receive payments from any source. The purpose of this post is to raise awareness of the need for funding IBS education, advocacy and research and to inform readers of options that they can choose.
For more information on why IBS community support of IBS funding is important, and for additional resources and links, including to sites similar to iGive in the U.S. and U.K., please see this previous blog post.