Pass the Peace: Reward Programs That Help You Donate More

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As the Sunday morning interaction goes, “Peace be with you”…”And also with you!” (Read the inspiration behind the title of this series, here)

Most of us would really love to be able to give more to charitable organizations. But finding a way to fit it in the budget can be difficult. That’s when you get creative! There are lots of reward programs that allow you to donate your points/earnings to specific charities. Here are 3 to check out:

20130105-214143.jpgIbotta: I hope you aren’t tired of hearing me talk about this fav new app (on iOS and Andriod too). Sure you can cash out those offers directly to your Paypal account. But did you know you can also make a donation to a local school or the United Way? Once you reach just $1, you can choose to donate your earnings. Schools are paid quarterly when their accounts reach $100. So join today encourage your PTA to promote Ibotta! Read more about making donations via Ibotta.

receipt hogReceipt Hog: Receipt Hog is market research opportunity that turns your grocery receipts into cash and rewards:

1) Snap pics of your grocery receipts
2) Earn coins and rewards with every receipt
3) Redeem for cash, donations, and more!

I have to admit, this one is not going to make you rich!  It takes a lot of receipts to earn enough coins to cash out at $5 into your personal account.  But it takes just 250 coins to cash out $1 to donate.  The list of organizations include: Pat Tillman Foundation, United Way, Special Olympics, Girl Scouts, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and (close to my heart) World Vision.  Just a few minutes of your time after each shopping trip could add up to generous donations toward one of these great causes.  Just on iTunes for now, coming to Android soon.

crowdtapCrowdtap: I have been a “tapper” for a while now.  This is another “word of mouth” “Influencer Marketing platform”.  Their tag line is “Give insight  Be influential. Get Rewarded”. You participate in market research polls, social media campaigns and even sample shares.  All your actions receive points.  Once again, you can either turn those points in to rewards for yourself or donate them.  You can choose to donate to one of 12 charities including Autism Speaks, Charity Water, Invisible Children and more.

So what do you think about these creative ways to do more giving?  Have you used any of these sites for donating?  Do you have an idea for a creative way to donate to your fave cause.  I would love to hear about it!

Do you have a great idea for a frugal act of kindness? Contact me with the idea and I will give you the full cred in the next Pass the Peace post!

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