How does it work?
Online shopping merchants (example: Target.com, Amazon.com) use a form of advertising called
"Affiliate Marketing" to pay web sites for sending visits to their site. Rather than pay a small amount for
each visit, the merchants pay a larger sales commission when visits turn into purchases. This is
sometimes called "pay for performance" marketing. This is how OURewards generates funds for groups
that use our system.
When your group enrolls in our Impact Shopping program, we will create an Impact Shopping Page,
prominently branded with your logo. This is your unique starting point for all your supporters. Using a
customized link, they have 1-click access directly to your Impact Shopping Page. When a shopper arrives
at your Impact Shopping Page, they search any of the 500 or so merchants available simply by typing a
particular item, category or store in the search box, or shop directly at any of the merchants listed in the
alphabetical, drop-down menu, or by clicking on the specific merchant banner image rotating through
the Impact Shopping Page. Purchases that start at your Online Mall automatically earn commissions for
your group: no log in or password registration required, no codes to enter, no complicated instructions!
Site administrators will have access to a regularly updated, web-based Dashboard that lets you track
your program's activity and see how much money you have earn.
How much is the commission?
Commissions vary by merchant and by product purchased,
typically between 1% and 15%. Today our clients earn about
6% on average. These commissions can add up quickly. For
example, in 2012 each U.S. adult will spend about $90 per
month online. So if you have 1,000 supporters, you could be
earning $5,000 every month for your group.
It's important to remember that these funds are paid directly
by the merchants. The Impact Shopping Page is a free service
to your group. We get paid by taking a small share of the
total commissions paid by the merchants (20%) For more
details see our Terms of Service agreement at
What can our supporters buy?
Supporters can buy almost anything available at the merchants on the Impact Shopping Page - it is a
gateway to an extraordinary range of brands across all major shopping categories. Clothing, home and
garden items, baby products, personal electronics, music and books, movie tickets, office supplies,
sporting goods, automotive needs, and much more including gift cards for retailers, restaurants, and
events. New merchants are added regularly, so the selection continues to grow and grow over time.
Are we eligible to participate?
Yes, because any organized group that has supporters can use OURewards: school boosters, churches,
youth programs, charities --- almost any organization that operates at the community, regional or
national level. You do not need to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Please note: Impact Shopping reserves the
right of final approval for any group seeking to enroll. The only restriction is that the purchases made
must be shipped to valid US addresses. Internationally shipped items do not count.
Who can use our group's Impact Shopping Site?
Today most people regularly shop online: for convenience, selection and easy price comparisons. So
practically everyone who supports your organization -- and all the people they share the Impact
Shopping site with - can support your group by using your site whenever they buy online. They just visit
your page and begin their shopping.
How do my members/supporters find out about our Impact Shopping Site?
You tell your members about your Impact Shopping Site by using the OUReminder ™ app. This is an
online invitation to shop at the Impact Shopping Site, which goes out to your supporters every 10-15
days. It reminds them about how your Impact Shopping Site raises money for your group and lets them
know about special promotions and savings that may be available. You simply upload your email list,
and the automatic technology will do the rest. OUReminder is working for groups of all sizes and types,
delivering an easy, no-effort way to assure that your supporters do not miss a chance to help out each
time they shop online.
We also encourage you to notify your supporters through your regular newsletter or email list, your
group website, Facebook Profile page updates, Twitter, blogs, flyers, or any other method that reaches
out to your supporter
Does this replace our other fundraising activities?
Impact Shopping supplements your other fundraising efforts by creating an ongoing stream of
additional funds - new money that is not a donation. We encourage you to continue any other
fundraising activities that work well for your group. Additionally, your Impact Shopping site enables the
family and friends of your supporters to participate in a way that does not require a cash donation - so
the reach of your support base can grow significantly.
How and when does my group get paid?
All funds your group raises via your Impact Shopping site are displayed on your Dashboard so you can
easily track your earnings. As payments are received they are held in an escrow account, to be moved
through direct deposit to your organization's bank account, safeguarding against lost and delayed
deposits. Your bank statement verifies the transfer of funds. Payment from merchants typically occurs
30-60 days after shipment, providing time for returned merchandise and other normal business issues.
You receive your funds within 30 days after payment is received. During this time Impact Shopping
audits and confirms that all commissions due to you have been properly paid.
How can I be sure that the all commissions we earn are paid to our group?
Impact Shopping maintains a strict, multi-party audit trail to ensure: a) that merchants pay the full
commission amount due, and b) that every dollar received from merchants is appropriately paid, client
by client. An independent CPA firm performs an audit to confirm that all reports received from the
various merchants exactly match OURewards' data. A copy of the CPA firm's confirmation report is
available electronically to every OURewards client.
How does my group get started?
It's simple; just visit our online sign-up, follow the easy do-it-yourself instructions and your Impact
Shopping site will be done in a matter of minutes and ready to start earning money for your group. For
more information contact us