How iGive Works
(see also iGive Button - How It Works)
iGive really is as simple as it sounds. iGive members can generate donations by shopping at any of our 1,200+ stores. There are no costs, obligations, nor any hidden fees.
iGive is a free service to causes and members.
SHOPPING: It's all automatic! You don't need to enter any codes, notify the store, or iGive. When iGive members shop via our special links (starting at the iGive.com web site, the iGive Newsletter, or having installed the iGive Button), tracking enables us to identify the purchases of each individual iGive member with a member ID number. Causes always receive 100% of the donation amount which is advertised on our web site (iGive.com receives fees separately from the amounts that go to the cause).
You shop the same way as you would without starting at iGive.
When you do start with iGive, our stores automatically send us the needed information (order amount, order date, and your ID number which identifies the user to iGive.com but is meaningless to the online store) so that we can track the donation to each member's designated cause. When you successfully link to an iGive store, your visit will be immediately visible in the You recently visited box. NOTE: not all coupons/offers you find online or get directly from the store will be valid in combination with iGive. For coupons/offers you CAN use with iGive, check out the store's detail page on iGive or search our Deals & Coupons tab.
You can create your own list of favorite stores under My Stores.
After being reported to us, your transactions can be reviewed in your shopping report under Stats. It can take up to 30 days after they've shipped (or travel has commenced) for purchases to get posted to your report, although the average is about 10 days. In-store exchanges may void donations. Please review any posted store exceptions.
NOTE: See also Amazon - Reporting
CONFLICTS: The use of the protection software "Ad Block" and "Ghostery" will prevent iGive from working properly.
iGive Causes: Goals and Strategy
Donation checks are mailed monthly.
Every month, we calculate the funds due your cause based upon fundraising activities that happened approximately 75 days ago. That allows enough time for returns to be reported and for advertisers to pay us, so that we can pay your cause. You can always see how your cause is doing under Cause.
iGive began in 1997 and through word of mouth has grown to 300,000+ members supporting 50,000+ causes/charities and have raised over $6,000,000.
We provide many on site tools to help members and causes spread the word to their friends and neighbors. Together we can reach our goal that one day all consumer transactions will contain a percentage which benefits causes close to home. Visit the Cause Toolbox.
Article ID: 115, Created On: 4/9/2010, Modified: 6/14/2013