Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Amazon Launches AmazonSmile - A Fundraising Mechanism for Nonprofits to Raise Money from Amazon's Customers Through Customers' Purchases

"AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support."

Eligible organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

According to Amazon, a nonprofit is eligible to be available to receive donations through AmazonSmile, "As long as your organization is listed by GuideStar and meets our eligibility criteria, customers will be able to select your organization. However, no donations will be made to your organization until you complete your free registration."

2017 update to this post: What might be the downside to Amazon Smile?  See Marc Gunther's 3/28/17 post, Why Amazon Smile Doesn't Make Me Smile .

For more information:

AmazonSmile Program Details

Register a nonprofit to be eligible for Amazon customers to select your organization to receive donations through AmazonSmile

Be sure to let your organization's current and new clients, supporters, community partners, donors, volunteers, staff, and leaders know that they can choose to give your organization a donation through AmazonSmile when they shop Amazon (for eligible purchases)!

However, according to Amazon's website, "Organizations may not promote AmazonSmile by using any offline marketing channels such as print newsletters, direct mail, flyers, etc. Organizations may use email advertising to spread the word, however, there are email restrictions for charities with headquarters in certain states. Charitable organizations headquartered in one of the states listed below may not send emails that exclusively advertise AmazonSmile, although these organizations may include information about AmazonSmile in emails, such as email newsletters, that also contain other content unrelated to AmazonSmile. These states are: AL, AR, CO, DC, FL, HI, ID, IL, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NM, OH, OK, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, and WY.

"Organizations headquartered in any other state may promote AmazonSmile to their supporters using email marketing dedicated to the promotion of AmazonSmile, or emails that contain AmazonSmile information along with other content.

"Organizations may also spread the word to supporters online using web-site banners, links, widgets, and social media posts. See the AmazonSmile Participation Agreement for more details."

[Note: Concerned, as a nonprofit, about supporting the Amazon corporation's business practices, by pushing AmazonSmile to benefit your organization?  Others are, too.  Read Is It Immoral for Charities to Push 'Amazon Smile? ]

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Google Offers A $30,000 College Scholarship to the Best Google Doodle and A $50,000 Tech Grant for the Winning Child's School

Closing Date for Submissions: March 20th 2014

"Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers.

This year's Doodle 4 Google theme is "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."

"Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more.

"One talented young artist (grades K-12) will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school"

To submit a doodle according to Google's directions, go to  https://www.google.com/doodle4google/start.html

Good luck!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Emergency and Disaster Relief Program Related Investments (PRIs) for U.S. Animal Welfare Organizations Needing Emergency Funding

From The Foundation Center...

[For more information on this low interest emergency relief, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post].  RFP is an acronym for "Request for Proposal".

"ASPCA Offering Program-Related Investments (PRI's) for Emergencies and Disasters
"The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provides program-related investments to animal welfare organizations that have a need for emergency funding. Through this program, short-term low-interest bridge loans of up to $250,000 will be provided to select organizations able to demonstrate emergency need and the ability to repay the funds within  twenty-four months.

"PRIs will be awarded to support animal welfare organizations in cases of natural disasters, including but  not limited to floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail storms, wildfires, windstorms, animal disease outbreaks and epidemics, droughts, and earthquakes; human-caused disasters, including but  not limited to oil spills, fires, infrastructure damage, transportation accidents, hazardous materials release, explosions, and acts of terrorism; and economic emergencies, including but  not limited to cash flow shortages, restructuring, relocation of physical space, leadership transitions, or other economic events that affect daily operations.

"To be eligible, applicants must be an established 501(c)(3) or governmental animal welfare organization located in the United States and in good standing with the ASPCA (applying organizations cannot have any overdue reports for past grants); must be able through their by-laws or board resolution to enter into a loan agreement; and must be willing and able to complete an online application and submit pertinent background materials and organizational financial information.

"ASPCA will consider applications as necessary on an open basis.

"See the ASPCA Web site for complete program guidelines and application instructions."