Important News About Amazon Fundraising
As of April 2019, the Thompson School PTO is no longer part of the Amazon Associates program. But you can still support the school with AmazonSmile!
AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon and provides the same product selection, pricing, and convenient shopping. When you start your Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com and choose Thompson PTO as your charity of choice, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Thompson PTO.
Amazon makes a direct deposit into our PTO bank account each month. We then use that money to support all of the school programming the PTO organizes: enrichment, field trips, school supplies, and more. Your Amazon Prime membership still applies, too! Learn more about AmazonSmile.
To set up the Thompson School PTO as your charity, you can:
- go directly to the Thompson School PTO AmazonSmile account
- go to smile.amazon.com and search for “Thompson School PTO”
- watch this video on how to choose an AmazonSmile charity.
Frequently Asked Questions
0.5% sounds minimal; is it really worth it?
Totally. It adds up over time, and it’s easy passive income for the PTO, especially if you’re already there ordering things on Amazon. Amazon makes an automatic deposit into our PTO bank account each month. We then use that money in the same way as all our other PTO fundraising: enrichment, field trips, school supplies, etc.
How will I know which products are eligible?
Tens of millions of products on Amazon are eligible for donations. You’ll see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
Can I see how my purchases are helping Thompson over time?
Yes! This is a really nice feature of AmazonSmile. When you’re logged in at smile.amazon.com, click on the “supporting” link in the top left of the page and you’ll see a running total of how much money your purchases are generating for the PTO.
Will I still be able to use my Amazon Prime membership?
Yes! You can enjoy your free one-day and two-day shipping and help Thompson at the same time.
What if I purchase through the Amazon app or the regular Amazon.com website?
Unfortunately, we won’t get a percentage. For your charity of choice to get the AmazonSmile donation, you have to do your shopping through smile.amazon.com in a browser.
Helpful tip: already have a cart full of items on Amazon.com but forgot to start shopping at AmazonSmile? No problem! With your items in the cart, simply type smile.amazon.com into your browser’s address bar and hit enter. You’ll then be brought to AmazonSmile, and all of your items will still be in your cart. In fact, some browsers, like Chrome, have an extension that will remind you to shop through AmazonSmile when you visit Amazon.com—quite convenient!
OK, I’m on board! How can I remember to order on AmazonSmile?
Some things that have worked for others are:
- Put a sticky note on your computer screen.
- Bookmark smile.amazon.com on your computer.
- Create an icon for smile.amazon.com on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone (instructions below).
How do I create an AmazonSmile/Thompson School PTO Home screen icon?
- Open up your phone’s web browser and go to smile.amazon.com.
- Add the icon to your Home screen. Here’s how:
- iPhone: At the bottom of your iPhone screen, you’ll see an icon depicting an arrow that looks like it’s trying to get away from a square. Tap this button, then tap “Add to Home Screen.”
- Android: click the 3 dots in the upper right corner of your screen, then tap “Add to Home Screen.”
- You’ll be asked to choose a name for the Home screen icon. Name your icon whatever you like and save it. When you’re done, the icon will show up on your phone’s Home screen, just like any other app.
- Now when you want to shop on AmazonSmile from your phone, simply click your new AmazonSmile Home screen icon!
Are you a visual learner? Watch this video for the same instructions: http://lifehacker.com/5809338/add-web-site-bookmarks-to-your-iphones-homescreen
There are so many charities involved with AmazonSmile; can I support more than one?
Not at the same time, but you can change your selected charity whenever you’d like! We totally understand that you might have more than just the Thompson School PTO in mind to support as you do your AmazonSmile shopping, so if you want to donate to us on a few orders and then select another awesome nonprofit for a few transactions, that’s great! AmazonSmile is just one of the many ways you can support Thompson School.
Thank you for your support, and happy shopping!