iGive.com is a unique program that raises funds for a variety of charitable organizations that started in 1997. Reaching out to iGive, Lenna Scott, Director of Strategic Partnerships for iGive.com, was kind enough to share some information about what they do and why everyone should sign-up and be an active part of giving to their favorite organization while shopping online.
LifeWithCats: Thank you, so much, Lenna, for your time and sharing of information. Can you share a little bit about what iGive is and does?
Lenna Scott: iGive really is as simple as it sounds. It is a free service to causes and members. iGive members generate donations by shopping at any of our 1,700+ stores with no costs, obligations or hidden fees. It’s all automatic. After using an iGive link to the store’s website you shop as you normally would. There are no extra steps.
LWC: What sort of charities are involved?
LS: We have over 35,000 worthy causes and if your cause isn’t listed – it’s easy and free to add it. That means your kid’s marching band, a local animal shelter, a theater troupe, breast cancer research, or a community food bank. You tell us where to send the money; we don’t decide for you.
LWC: How many animal-related charities are represented?
LS: Currently we have almost 16,000 animal-related causes.
LWC: If a rescue or shelter were interested in participating, what might the process entail for them to become recipients of donations?
LS: People list causes, so first,as an individual iGive member, During the sign-up process you’ll get a chance to list your cause. If it isn’t already there, you’ll need to supply a valid mailing address and contact email for your cause so they can get checks!
LWC: How does the general public become involved in supporting the charity of their choice?
LS: Our members and causes spread the word. Using Facebook, email, flyers at meetings, and simply telling friends. We even give them a special link to share. Then, all somebody has to do is use that link. And, if they want to choose or list a different cause, that’s quick to do, too.
LWC: How much money have you been able to raise through iGive?
LS: Our members have donated over $8 Million to their favorite causes by shopping online through iGive.com.
LWC: Is there anything that someone would be surprised to learn about iGive?
LS: Because of the power of our members, a number of retailers offer iGive special coupons and deals to pass along to them. So while shopping through iGive.com will never cost you more, a lot of times iGive shoppers pay less. It’s a win-win.
LWC: Anything else?
LS: So many people use Amazon Smile to already help a favorite cause. By using iGive WITH Amazon Smile, a supporter more than doubles the amount of the donation. We work great together.
Whether a member uses a mobile device or laptop / desktop, we have ways to make it even easier to help. We have apps for IOS and Android, and browser add-ons for all of the popular browsers, like Firefox and Chrome.