Search, shop, shmooze and help raise money for Raynaud’s! The Association is now a registered charity that make it easy to support our cause, including: AmazonSmile, Bravelets™, Goodsearch.com, Facebook Causes and American Express’ Members Give™ Online Program. Here’s how they work:
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Raynaud’s Association every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our cause. There is no cap on the amount Amazon will donate and almost every physical product sold by the company is eligible, which means tens of millions of items.
Just go to the site for the first time, type in “Raynaud’s Association” in the “other” charity choice box as your selected non-profit organization, and 0.5% of the price of all of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases will now go to benefit the Raynaud’s Association. If you use this link, our organization will already be selected for you! Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations.
Everything else about the Amazon online shopping experience stays the same, including the shopping cart, wish lists and shipping options. The prices will also be the same, so there’s no up-charge to buyers for these donations. Remember to bookmark the page so that you continue to help fellow Raynaud’s sufferers with each Amazon shopping trip!
Bravelets™ are bracelets and other jewelry accessories designed to represent a symbol of hope, strength and courage, a statement of bravery in the toughest of times. The primary theme across the collection is the triangle. To quote the web site: “The triangle is the strongest geometric shape. Bravelets™ bracelets are worn to help you be strong and brave in tough situations.”
Raynaud’s Awareness Bravelets™ incorporate the colors blue and purple into many of the jewelry choices. As others notice our colorful fingers, let’s hope these Bravelets™ work to open up a dialogue among friends, family and associates and help spread the word about Raynaud’s. That’s critical because the majority of the millions of Raynaud’s sufferers have no idea that that their discomfort is caused by a medical condition. And for those aware Raynaud’s sufferers seeing your Bravelets™, it’s a statement that we’re not alone!
The Raynaud’s Association is participating in the American Express® Members Give™Online Program. The program offers a number of convenient ways to donate to your favorite charities:
- Donate dollars with your American Express Card
- Redeem Membership Rewards® points to make a donation
- Set up recurring donations
- Spread your donation out over the year
Charity Certificates: Give your friends and loved ones a gift that will help make a difference. You get the tax deduction, and the recipient has the freedom to make a donation to their choice of over one million participating charities (including our cause!). We hope you’ll take advantage of this great new program. For more information, go to https://www.americanexpress.com/us/content/members-give.html.
Please bookmark these sites and pass the word along to your family and friends!
Facebook.com is a social networking site that recently launched Causes on Facebook to help non-profit organizations spread their word and raise funds through the Facebook network. A fellow Frostie in Calgary has created a Cause group for the Raynaud’s Association. If you’re a Facebook member, you can view our page our Causes link.
If you’re not a Facebook member, please think about joining. This is a wonderful way to help promote the organization’s mission of increasing awareness, education and support for Raynaud’s sufferers.
GoodSearch.com is a search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it’s powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter “Raynaud’s Association” as the charity you want to support. Just 500 of us searching four times a day will raise about $7,300 in a year without anyone spending a dime!
GoodShop.com is a gateway to over 100 great stores including Target, Macy’s, The Gap, Best Buy, Nordstrom, PetSmart, Staples and WalMart. These major brands have teamed up with GoodSearch to share a percentage of every sale with the Raynaud’s Association. So the next time you’re looking for a new book, computer, DVD, pair of shoes or clothing, go to GoodShop first at www.goodshop.com.
It’s simple. No username or password is required. Just designate the Raynaud’s Association as your favorite charity, click on the store’s logo from the GoodShop site and then shop as you normally would.
You’ll get the same great prices, but every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting our cause with donations that average around 3% of each sale – but can exceed 20%!