One of the great things about sponsoring a child through Plant-a-Book International is that 100% of your donations (less PayPal/banking fees) go directly to support our Nairobi Kids. Yet, while PAB is run wholly by volunteers on a very lean budget, the organization does incur administrative costs. The biggest administrative cost incurred by the organization is the postage needed to mail sponsors letters from their sponsored children three times per year. In addition, PAB is required by law to pay filing fees of approximately $70 per year and sustains various other administrative costs for things like operating the website, printer ink, paper, etc. Some sponsors generously contribute to these costs by rounding up their orders in the Online Shop or otherwise specifically directing a donation to “Postage/Administrative Costs.” The remainder has historically been covered by Brenda (the PAB director) from her own pocket.
We would love some extra help with getting these administrative costs covered! There are several online services that allow supporters to raise money for charity at absolutely no cost to the supporter. Last year we raised about $35 from a combination of these services with only a small fraction of our sponsor community participating. With your help we hope to see a big increase in that number for 2014! We urge you to give the services below a try. This is also an easy way for friends and family to support our Nairobi Kids at no cost to them. Remember, for a small organization like Plant-a-Book International, every penny counts!
Goodsearch: Use Goodsearch.com (powered by Yahoo!) as your search engine and they will donate a penny to PAB every time you do a search! Simply type “Plant-a-Book” in the box labeled “Who do you search for?” and search away! Making Goodsearch.com your homepage can make it easier to remember to use the site for your searches.
GoodDining: Register your credit or debit cards with Gooddining and up to 6% of the cost of your meal will be donated to PAB when you dine at participating restaurants. Visit Gooddining.com to register your cards and find participating restaurants in your area.
GoodSwipe: Register your most frequently used credit or debit card and up to 2.4% of the cost of your total purchase at participating businesses will be automatically donated to Plant-a-Book. Participating businesses include: Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Quiznos, Red Robin, Dollar General, Foot Locker, and various movie theater chains.
Igive: Help PAB every time you shop online by shopping through igive.com. Simply register with igive and specify Plant-a-Book to receive the donations. Click on the link for the store you wish to shop at and PAB will automatically receive a percentage of your purchase. Participating stores include many popular online retailers, such as Amazon, Target, Kohls, GAP, Pottery Barn, Overstock, Orbitz, Expedia, Nordstrom, Drugstore.com, and many more.
AmazonSmile: Amazon shoppers can earn a donation for PAB equal to 0.5% of their purchase by shopping through Smile.Amazon.com. AmazonSmile delivers the same products and prices as the regular Amazon site. Simply designate Plant-a-Book as your charity of choice.
Thank you for your support!
~submitted by Brooke