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Raise extra funds for WCS

Did you know that you can raise extra funds for the choir just by shopping online via thousands of retail store websites?   And it won't cost you a penny.   What?   How?

Many retailers that operate websites through which you can purchase the retailers' products are signatories to a scheme that means the retailer will donate a small percentage (typically 1-3%) of the purchase amount paid online by you to your selected charity.   There are several companies out there that handle this process in collaboration with the retailers but the two main ones at present are easyfundraising and Give as you Live.   Amazon operates its own separate scheme called Smile but the principle is exactly the same.  The amount raised by each transaction may only be pennies or perhaps a pound or two, but all the little amounts add up in the end. 

Please note that this process works currently only by using the retailer's website or connecting via the handler's website.   It does not work using a retailer's app that you may have downloaded to your mobile phone or tablet.   The technology and software for this has not yet been developed to include it.

Examples of retailers who participate include Virgin Trains, John Lewis, Tui, ASOS, Debenhams, notonthehighstreet.com, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Tesco, the Sock Shop, MusicRoom, Expedia, booking.com, trainline.com, The White Company, Next and many, many more.

To get started with this, the first thing you need to do is open an account with one, an or all of these handlers and to link your account to WCS as the 'cause' to which you would like the donations to go.   Wimbledon Choral Society is already registered with both easyfundraising and Give as you Live so there's nothing you need to do there.    There is a guide here that shows you how to do this for easyfundraising but the process is very similar for Give as you Live.

Once your account has been set up then all you have to do now is ... go shopping online!   To show you how to do this, please see this detailed guide.


Posted: 16:21:33 - 24/01/2019

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