An easy way to help out Immanuel if you shop online is to use Amazon Smile. Amazon has set up a program where 501(c)(3) charities like Immanuel can register with Amazon and allow people to divert a portion of their Amazon purchases to the charity.
Signing up is easy – browse to smile.amazon.com. On your first visit you will be asked to select a charity to receive your donations. In the search box type “Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Bellevue” and you will find us – make sure that the Immanuel you select is the one in Bellevue, NE:
(If you just search for Immanuel or Immanuel Lutheran you will find dozens of results to sort through, but you will find us eventually.)
Once you have selected us as your charity, the only thing left to do is to make sure that when you shop, you browse to smile.amazon.com rather than just www.amazon.com – purchases made at the main www page will *not* initiate donations.
For Amazon questions check their Smile FAQ page – here are some basic points from Amazon:
- Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
- Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
- How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.
- Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.
For ILC questions, contact the Finance Board chair Jim Schmidt or Finance Board member Andy Galbraith.
Thanks for your support!