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Shop for a cause: rewards programs benefit nonprofits

Staff Report~ 12/10/2014

NORTH VALLEY – Holidays always include lots of shopping – gifts, decorations, groceries, and more. These purchases can benefit community nonprofit organizations through rewards programs. Multiple nonprofits are enrolled in these programs, including many local community organizations.

AmazonSmile

Amazon.com is a staple of online shoppers. AmazonSmile donates 0.05 percent of your purchase total to the charity of your choice. To use AmazonSmile, visit www.smile.amazon.com. Multiple local nonprofits are AmazonSmile beneficiaries, including Anthem Pets, Arizona Boston Terrier Rescue, Boulder Creek High School Band, Foothills Animal Rescue, Musical Theatre of Anthem, and Starlight Community Theater.

Fry’s Community Rewards

Enroll in Fry’s Community Rewards program and support the nonprofit of your choice with each shopping trip. Sign up with your Fry’s V.I.P. card, then select the organization you’d like to benefit. Sign up here: www.frysfood.com/topic/new-community-rewards-program. A variety of community organizations are enrolled in the Fry’s program, including Anthem Pets, Arizona Boston Terrier Rescue, Boulder Creek High School Band, Foothills Animal Rescue, and Musical Theatre of Anthem.

iGive.com

iGive.com works with participating retailers and nonprofits to donate through purchases. Shoppers enroll online at iGive.com, then click the iGive button on participating stores’ Web sites. Over 1,500 stores currently participate in this free service. If the charity you would like to support is not listed, ask them to join iGive.  Local rescues Anthem Pets and the Arizona Boston Terrier Rescue both participate in iGive.

Albertsons Community Partners

Community organizations earn a percentage of participating sales through the Albertsons Community Partners program. Participants use a key tag when shopping at Albertsons and earn credit for their charity. See more about this program at www.albertsons.com/our-company/community-partners. The Boulder Creek High School Band and Foothills Animal Rescue participate in Albertsons’ program.

These applications benefit nonprofits with no purchases necessary. They offer donations for nonprofits based on the miles walked by participants.

ResQwalk

Take your dog for a walk and support animal rescues at the same time through the ResQwalk app, available for Apple and Google play users. Each week, ResQwalk announces a donation pool, and in order for a rescue to receive donations from the pool, its supporters check in to the app when they go for a walk. Each walker's distance is recorded in the user profile and added to the rescue's weekly sum. At the end of the week, donations are paid out to the rescues proportionally to the total distance walked. See more information at www.resqwalk.com.

 WoofTrax

WoofTrax’s tagline is “take your walk for a dog.” When participants use this free Android and iPhone app, funds for every mile they walk are donated to the pet rescue of their choice. To get the app, see www.wooftrax.com. Participating local rescues include Anthem Pets, Arizona Humane Society, Foothills Animal Rescue, HALO Animal Rescue, and Yavapai Humane Society.