How does GivingTrain.com work?
GivingTrain.com has partnered with each of the retailers
shown on the site. In return for providing these sites with customers,
each of the retailers has agreed to pay GivingTrain.com a commission.
In order to receive this commission, a customer must purchase goods from the
retailer using one of the links located on this website. In essence,
GivingTrain.com is an online mall that rewards your organization based on your
supporter's shopping habits.
This is all you have to do:
1. Select what organization you want to support.
2. Click on the link to the retailer you want to
4. Complete your purchase.
5. When completed a donation of up to 20% of the total sale (excluding shipping and
taxes), from each transaction will be donated to
the organization of
NO EXTRA COSTS ARE INCURRED.
NO PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COLLECTED BY THIS SITE.
Why would an organization be interested in using
Every day, more and more people shop online. The
overwhelming majority of those people go directly to a site to shop.
GivingTrain.com believes that these consumers, who also comprise an
organizations potential donors, would welcome the opportunity to support an
organization in another form, especially when there are no additional costs to
them. In essence, the consumer benefits from the knowledge they are
contributing through their everyday purchases, and a recipient
organization has now
established an additional means of fundraising with no additional costs to
Benefits to consumers:
1) Knowledge they are supporting a cause they care about with every
dollar spent online.
2) Knowledge they are buying products directly from a site they want
to purchase from.
3) Access to sales and other deals they might otherwise not know
Benefits to organizations:
1) Creation of additional fundraising tool.
2) No additional costs to maintain/support the site.
How does an organization join?
Membership is free. All that needs to be done is
send an email to us and we will follow-up promptly to answer any questions
and get your site set up.
How will my organization be paid?
Donations are paid to participating organizations on a monthly
basis, with a one-month lag. For example, all qualifying purchases
made in January will be paid by March 15th. This lag
allows for product returns, cancellations, or exchanges, which might alter
the donation level.
Checks will be sent directly to the organization. To
simplify the process, checks will only be written when an organizations
balance exceeds $25. If donations for a particular month fall below
this $25 threshold, the total will be carried forward to the next month.
much will my organization receive?
Up to 20% of each transaction will be donated to your organization.
Each merchant partner has a clearly identified donation percentage or flat fee associated with it. To see how much of each transaction will be donated, click the button below.
Can an organization have multiple causes?
Yes! The beauty of GivingTrain.com is that it
allows an organization to have multiple causes supported. For
example, a school can set up a site specific to a sport, a department, or
scholarship. Unless specified, each organization will initially be
set up with one specific page, with proceeds going to the schools general
To set up additional causes, simply send us an email,
telling us what additional programs you would like to set up, identify a
contact person, and specify where checks should be sent.
What does an organization have to do?
Nothing. Ideally, we would expect an organization
would want to spread the word to their communities, either through an
email to their supporters making them aware of this new mechanism (which
we can supply), or via a link displayed on the organizations website
itself. This link will be customized for each organization, allowing
a user to go directly to a schools site.
While there are no requirements for an organization to
help promote the site, simple steps like those mentioned above can improve
overall performance of this program and result in greater donations.