Shop Amazon or eScrip for GAIS
Amazon.com and Amazon.de
Almost all of us spend money on Amazon, right? Please consider shopping through smile.amazon.com for GAIS. Amazon will donate up to 0.5% of purchases to GAIS. This adds up given our modern online shopping habits! It works with Amazon Prime, and all you have to do once you’ve signed up is surf to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com to shop.
Head to smile.amazon.com and add a charity to support on your account. Unfortunately, Amazon is currently pulling out of date information from our GuideStar charity tax report, so you will need to add the following charity: The German American School Society Of San Francisco. You can find it by searching for “German American” — note that it was founded in 1988 and is in Menlo Park, CA.
Then, drag the “smile.amazon” graphic to your bookmarks bar, and use that link when you want to buy from Amazon. It is easy and will help the school a lot. Thank you!
eScrip is a program with a long history that has recently made changes. You can shop and have merchants donate to GAIS if you are signed up through eScrip. It is easier than it used to be, so please consider it!
At escrip.com, you register and then add your loyalty cards to have certain shops (for example Bianchini’s) donate to GAIS, and register your debit or credit cards to have other merchants donate (for example Draeger’s). Unfortunately, Safeways no longer participates, but you can check the merchants here to see whether you shop at any of them.
You will also need to search for and add “German-American International School” to your account, but when you sign up, the system takes you through this process. You can add up to 2 other non-profit organizations to support as well.
With your eScrip account, you will also have access to an online mall where certain merchants like Nordstrom, HP and Target have significant percentages of your purchases directed to GAIS as a donation. This requires a little more thought on your part than the eScrip program above, since you need to surf to the eScrip mall and click through their links for GAIS to get the benefit. However the donation percentage can be as high as 5%!