Giving Assistant's mission is to transform everyday shopping into charitable giving. Our charitable loyalty platform - inclusive of a shopping rewards platform and charitable loyalty software - makes it easy to support over 1.5 million registered charities in the U.S. simply when shopping online.
Our terms and conditions reflect our company values and have been carefully established to ensure the continued growth, enjoyment, and advantage of our platform for the community we proudly serve. Please do not hesitate to notify Giving Assistant of any members or organizations benefiting from our platform who are, or may be, in violation of these terms.
Our consumer-facing shopping rewards platform allows shoppers to earn cash back and support their charity favorite cause when shopping at over 3,000 of the most popular brands including Macy's, Target, and Walmart.
Only your email address and password are required to sign up and start saving. Giving Assistant does not require you to install software on your computer, and we do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties. Members can earn cash back on purchases simply by using the website GivingAssistant.org.
Brands pay a commission to Giving Assistant for being sent paying customers, which we return to our shoppers in the form of cash back. Typically the commission is a percentage of the sale, and varies by retailer. Instead of keeping some or all of that money, like most sites, we give 100% of it back to our Power Shoppers, and 50% of it back to our Savvy Shoppers. Shoppers are able to automatically donate any percentage of their cash back to any Eligible Nonprofit of their choice. (See “Eligible Nonprofit” criteria in the Nonprofit Terms and Conditions section below.)
We offer our shoppers four convenient payment methods:
All methods are free and require a minimum cash back accrual of $5.99 USD before payout. You can change your preferred payment method by going to your account page and clicking on “Cash Back” in the left side navigation.
To receive payment of accrued cash back and any other rewards, you must create and maintain an account with Giving Assistant using accurate and up-to-date information including: a valid email address at which you are able to receive email; your first and last name; and a password to protect your account.
If Giving Assistant suspects fraudulent activity is associated with your account, we reserve the right to delay or withhold payment indefinitely. Giving Assistant is not responsible for payments delivered to the wrong address through no fault of Giving Assistant or for errors made by payment partners like PayPal. If eChecks are returned or expired, Giving Assistant will reissue payment if requested. After one year, if you have not claimed or deposited your cash back payment, Giving Assistant reserves the right to reabsorb these earnings.
For information on payment schedules and other cash back topics, please see our FAQs.
Shopper Donations & Tax Deductions. Giving Assistant facilitates shopper's cash back donations to the nonprofit of their choice. You maintain complete control over which charitable organization receives your money, as well as how much of your cash back to donate.
Giving Assistant does not endorse any nonprofit organizations. We cannot verify that the information provided by any organization is accurate, nor can we confirm that donations will be allocated to any specific project or chapter. Only the receiving organization can confirm whether the use of donations is in accordance with any applicable laws. We claim no responsibility nor liability for the outcome of any funds donated by our shoppers.
Giving Assistant does not validate that donations made through Giving Assistant will be tax deductible. Neither these Terms, nor communications from Giving Assistant, nor anything on our website should be construed as tax advice regarding the deductibility of donations through our platform to Eligible Nonprofits. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your tax returns and any tax deductions taken in connection with donations of cash back payments.
Our enterprise grade charitable loyalty software enables online retailers to transform every purchase made by shoppers into support for their nonprofit of choice.
By creating your free nonprofit account on the Giving Assistant website, you accept these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you, the representative of an Eligible Nonprofit (See ‘Eligible Nonprofit’ definition below), must meet the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations in order for a tax deduction to be taken by the donor.
Giving Assistant does not endorse any nonprofit organizations. Only you, the receiving organization, can confirm whether the use of donations is in accordance with any applicable laws. We claim no responsibility or liability for the outcome of any funds donated by our shoppers.
For donations generated from our shopping rewards platform, Giving Assistant sends eChecks to Eligible Nonprofits within 7 days of the nonprofit verifying their payment email address in their Giving Assistant dashboard, typically on a Monday. (After that, donation eChecks are sent quarterly, during the months of February, May, August, and November.) The donation will be returned to the shopper if you, the Eligible Nonprofit to which the donation was allocated, do not accept the funds within 12 months of the shopper's original transaction date.
For donations generated through our charitable loyalty software on our partner websites, Giving Assistant engages with a Donor Advised Fund to facilitate quarterly distributions - February, May, August, and November - which are tax deductible by the Partner. In the event a nonprofit is not eligible or the funds can not reach their intended nonprofit, the funds will be re-granted to an Eligible Nonprofit of the Partner’s choosing.
Giving Assistant is not responsible for the creation of donation receipts nor does it validate that donations made through Giving Assistant will be tax deductible. When applicable, Giving Assistant will provide Eligible Nonprofits with the necessary information for them to create a donation receipt which they can send to the donor directly.
Our terms and conditions reflect our company values.
These terms and conditions provide details regarding the functionality and fair use of Giving Assistant as a fundraising tool. They also serve to identify and define the characteristics that would make an organization ineligible to benefit from Giving Assistant.
To be eligible to use Giving Assistant, organizations must be:
As part of our mandated values as a Certified B Corp which are reflected in our Articles of Incorporation, Giving Assistant is wholly invested in pursuits of unity, beneficence, and global goodwill.
For this reason, we will not qualify organizations that engage in, support, encourage, or promote:
Our terms and conditions have been carefully established to ensure the continued growth, enjoyment, and advantage of our platform for the organizations we proudly serve.
Please do not hesitate to notify Giving Assistant of any organizations benefiting from our platform who are, or may be, in violation of these terms.
“Giving Assistant” means (a) the Giving Assistant website, Giving Assistant mobile application, Giving Assistant downloadable browser applications, Giving Assistant Charitable Loyalty Software, any other digital content owned and provided by Giving Assistant, that accompanies this Agreement; and (b) any bug fixes, upgrades, modified versions, or updates to Giving Assistant (collectively referred to as “Updates”) we subsequently provide to you.
Owner of Computer; All Users Bound; Age Limitation; Software License
You represent and warrant either that you are the owner of the computer and that you have authorized the download and installation of Giving Assistant or that the owner of the computer has authorized you to do so. You agree, with respect to all users of the computer on which you have caused Giving Assistant to reside, to provide a copy of these terms and conditions and to obtain their consent to these terms and conditions before allowing them to use Giving Assistant. Alternatively, if you have the legal right to accept this Agreement on behalf of one or more users of the computer on which you have caused or authorized Giving Assistant to reside, then you hereby accept this Agreement on behalf of all such other users. You understand that the presence of Giving Assistant on any computer is voluntary and that you may remove it at any time. You must be at least 18 years of age to use Giving Assistant. By accepting the terms of this Agreement and using Giving Assistant, you represent that you are over the age of 18. As long as you comply with, and subject to, the terms of this Agreement, Giving Assistant grants to you a non-exclusive, revocable license to use Giving Assistant, in binary executable form only, solely for the purposes described in this Agreement.
You may not rent, lease, loan, resell or otherwise transfer Giving Assistant. You may not permit third parties to benefit from the use or functionality of Giving Assistant. You may not transfer any of the rights granted to you under this Agreement. You may not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble Giving Assistant, or otherwise attempt to discover the source code or structure, sequence and organization of any portion of Giving Assistant that is not distributed in source code form (except to the extent applicable law prohibits such restrictions). You may not modify, or create derivative works based in whole or in part upon, Giving Assistant. You may not copy Giving Assistant. You may not remove any proprietary notices or labels on Giving Assistant. All rights not expressly set forth hereunder are reserved by Giving Assistant, Inc.
Giving Assistant and its licensors shall retain all intellectual property rights within Giving Assistant, except for the rights expressly granted in this Agreement. You may not alter or remove any logo, or trademark (collectively, “Marks”), copyright or other proprietary notice(s) on Giving Assistant. This license does not grant you any right to use marks of Giving Assistant or its licensors.
Upon breach of this Agreement, the above license and your right to use Giving Assistant will terminate immediately and without notice, but all other provisions and terms of this Agreement, except the license grant, will survive termination and continue in effect. Upon termination, you must destroy all copies of Giving Assistant. Giving Assistant, Inc. reserves the right to periodically conduct audits upon advance written notice to verify compliance with the terms of this Agreement.
You represent, warrant and agree as a condition to your use of Giving Assistant, that you will not use Giving Assistant: (i) to violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation; (ii) to infringe the intellectual property rights or proprietary rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, of any third party; (iii) to disseminate information or materials in any form or format (“Content”) that are harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, or otherwise objectionable under applicable laws or community standards. You, not Giving Assistant, remain solely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit, or otherwise disseminate using, or in connection with, Giving Assistant. You acknowledge that all Content that you access using Giving Assistant is at your own risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage to any party resulting there from. This Giving Assistant is provided “as is” and without warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to warranties of fitness for a particular purpose, merchantability and non-infringement. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts so the foregoing limitations may not apply to you.
The Giving Assistant Button (browser extension) is the fastest, easiest way to earn cash back, allowing you to visit your favorite online stores directly and start earning with one quick click. Simply click ‘Activate’ before adding items to your shopping carts at participating stores in order to earn cash back.
Giving Assistant does not install or require you to install any software in order to earn cash back. Members are eligible to earn cash back on their purchases by using only the website Giving Assistant.org. If you use Giving Assistant's browser extension you agree to do so only for your personal use.
When you download the Giving Assistant browser extension we send a small file to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser app. This file is called a cookie. We use this cookie to identify you as a Giving Assistant user and it facilitates the display of the preferences, settings and customization options that you have selected for your Giving Assistant product(s). When the Giving Assistant browser app detects that you are visiting a merchant partner website, it instructs the browser to load instructions and cookies that indicate Giving Assistant is the affiliate/publisher for any purchases made with that specific merchant partner within your current browser session. Your browser is probably set up by default to accept cookies, including Giving Assistant and affiliate/publisher cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to alert you when a cookie is being sent to your computer. You should be aware, however, that Giving Assistant's features will not function properly if you disable cookies on your computer.
Giving Assistant, in its sole discretion, may provide you with Updates to Giving Assistant as part of this Agreement. Giving Assistant will automatically check for the existence of any Update that has released, and in the event that one is available, Giving Assistant adheres to the native plugin update features available from each browser plugin (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Edge.) Nothing herein shall be construed or interpreted as requiring that Giving Assistant provide updates. When browser functionality allows, Giving Assistant will not install any new software or update that in our reasonable judgment has functionality that is materially different from the functionality of the previously installed Giving Assistant without your prior consent. In the case of a browser controlled update that does not allow Giving Assistant to notify you prior to installing the update (Firefox, Chrome, and Safari), Giving Assistant will provide a detailed notice of update and necessary uninstall instructions immediately upon installation.
You understand and agree that the presence of the Giving Assistant browser extension on your computer is voluntary and that you may remove the extension from your computer at any time. To uninstall the browser extension, follow the instructions below:
Giving Assistant, Inc. does not warrant that the Giving Assistant browser extension will be compatible with your hardware or other software installed on your computer system. Compatibility issues may cause your computer's performance to suffer. In the event that the browser extension is not compatible with your hardware or other software installed on your computer system, Giving Assistant's software can be uninstalled. Please refer to the previous section for detailed uninstall directions. Like all software, the Giving Assistant browser extension utilizes some of your computer's resources to run, including system memory and Internet connection. Use of the extension on a computer with inadequate system resources will cause such computer's performance to suffer.
Links to Third Party Sites; Advertisers
Giving Assistant will provide access to other partner websites, services, products or content of third parties. We sometimes utilize special links from these third parties (“affiliate links”) and we receive commissions from any resulting sales. When an affiliate link is clicked you will be taken to the partner website and the commission will be tracked using an affiliate cookie.
Giving Assistant is not responsible for changes to any affiliate partner program and/or any effect on cash back earnings caused by such program change. If a dispute arises with a third party partner, you agree Giving Assistant is under no obligation to become involved.
If the user or licensee of this Product is an agency, department, or other entity of any Government, the use, duplication, reproduction, release, modification, disclosure, or transfer of this Product, or any related documentation of any kind, including technical data, software, and manuals, is restricted by the terms of this Agreement. All other use is prohibited. No rights other than those provided in Agreement are conferred. This product was developed fully at private expense.
You acknowledge, represent and warrant that (a) your installation and/or Use of Giving Assistant will not violate any local, state or federal laws that apply to you or to the Use or installation of Giving Assistant; and (b) Giving Assistant, Inc. is not causing Giving Assistant to be installed on your computer, but has provided Giving Assistant to you, which you are installing of your own volition.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Giving Assistant, its licensors and suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors and employees, from and against any lawsuits, claims, losses, damages, fines and expenses (including attorneys' fees and costs) arising out of your use of Giving Assistant or your breach of this Agreement.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, neither Giving Assistant nor its licensors will be liable, under any legal or equitable theory (whether in an action based in contract, tort, negligence, strict liability or otherwise), for (i) any indirect, special, incidental, consequential or exemplary damages arising out of or in connection with Giving Assistant or other subject matter of this agreement (including but not limited to damages for loss of profits, business interruption, loss of data and computer malfunction), even if advised of the possibility of such damages, or (ii) any amount in the aggregate in excess of the greater of the fees paid by you under this license, and US $100. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply to you.
Contact. Customer Support.
To contact Giving Assistant reach out to our customer support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.