I Give Project
We’ve found another easy way to make money toward our goal of getting houses for future staff. Best of all, it’s by doing something that most of you, are already doing! Who knew that God could use online shopping for His purposes!
I discovered online shopping last year and did most of my Christmas shopping online. It saved gas and kept me out of the mall during the crazy shopping days. “I Give” has 724 online stores that give a percentage of your purchase amount to us, once you sign up and purchase an item. The percentages range from .08% all the way up to 26%. You may think, “I don’t do enough online shopping to make a difference.” As I looked at the list, I had shopped online at several of these stores last year. Some of the online stores affiliated with “I Give” that I already use are: Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble; Best Buy.com, Cheap Tickets, Dell, E-bay, Rental car companies, Snapfish, Hotwire, Expedia, Travelocity, Apple iTunes, iPod stores, etc. If you’ve booked a plane ticket, car, or hotel online this past year, part of your purchase price could have helped us out. The list is very comprehensive. Go to: http://www.igive.com to see the complete list of stores.
This whole process is easy. Go to: http://www.igive.com/FBCTC It will take you about 3 minutes to sign up. Then all you do is shop online like normal. When you are on the websites of one of the companies of “I Give,” a small pop-up comes up in the left corner to let you know that this website is one of their companies. It tells you what percentage of your purchase we’ll receive. You don’t have to do anything else!! It is all automatic. Once you sign up, restart your computer for this to start working. If you don’t want to restart your computer now, just wait to shop until you turn your computer on the next day and it will be automatic. It looks like you can even get a tax donation receipt from the company at the end of the year!
“I Give” will also donate an extra $5 to us when you make your first online purchase within 45 days of joining. Those $5 donations can really add up so shop online and encourage others to do so.
They have one more interesting feature that I’ve signed up for through “I Give.” It’s called, “ISearchIGive.” I downloaded the “ISearchIGive” internet search toolbar from the “I Give” webpage. http://www.igive.com Let me speak English. It’s like what you do when you use “Google, Yahoo, etc. ” or another internet search engine to find information or a web site. They’ll give us .02 for any web site we visit until September 30th and .01 after that date for any web site visited using “ISearchIGive.” (It’s very easy or believe me I couldn’t do it!) It shows up on your internet explorer toolbar. A couple of my friends have already done this and we’ve gotten .48 cents in just the last day by using it for our internet searches! Can you imagine if we multiply this out to the 500 of you on the e-mail list? You don’t even have to buy anything for us to get the money through “ISearchIGive.” If you have questions, please let me know.
Please stop reading right now and go to: http://www.igive.com/FBCTC and sign up right now. If you don’t, you’ll have good intentions but will probably forget to do it!