Are you familiar with Rakuten (formerly Ebates) (https://www.rakuten.com/cash-back-for-change?eeid=50984)? When you make an online purchase through Rakuten, you earn a percentage back on each item. The percentage is set by the merchant. When your cashback amount reaches a minimum amount, they automatically send you a check in the mail or pay you through Pay Pal. Pretty sweet deal, huh? Well, Rakuten has gone one step further. They have instituted Rakuten Cash Back for Change. Once you opt in, the change portion from your quarterly cashback earnings is diverted from your account to three Rakuten nonprofits, and the dollar amount goes directly to you. You get the remaining cash back dollar amount in the method you’ve selected (Pay Pal or physical check). For example, if your next Cash Back would normally be $35.23, the $0.23 would go to their participating charities, and you would get the remaining $35.
Rakuten has partnered with three nonprofits who work to make the world a better place. The Cash Back for Change donations will be split between each of these organizations. The first one is Direct Relief. (https://www.directrelief.org/) It is a humanitarian organization active in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Their mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies by mobilizing and providing essential resources needed for their care.
Eat. Learn. Play. (https://www.eatlearnplay.org/) This organization was founded in 2019 by Stephen and Ayesha Curry. It’s purpose is to make sure that the children in the Oakland California have access to nourishing food, learning opportunities and safe places to play and just be kids.
Girls Inc of Alameda County (https://girlsinc-alameda.org/)https://girlsinc-alameda.org/is a nonprofit organization that was formed to help girls ages 6 to 18 excel in the classroom or in their careers. They support, mentor and guide the girls they work with. The girls learn to value themselves as a whole person, recognize and develop their strength and learn to cope with any challenges they may encounter in life.
Cash Back for Change is a very easy and painless way to give a hands up to our neighbors who could use a helping hand.
On another note, Friday, May 20 is Endangered Species Day and World Bee Day. Do something nice for a critter.
“What you give you get, ten times over.” Yoruba Proverb