FYI - The free resources I provide are made possible by the volunteer appreciation gifts that I design and sell through links on this site that add no additional cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
If your school group is already participating in AmazonSmile, you can use this calculator to figure out what your results could have been under the Associates Program.
For example, our PTO received about $130 in AmazonSmile donations the first year we joined the program. Since AmazonSmile donates .5% of qualifying purchases (that's just $5 for every $1,000), that means that our supporters spent $26,000 on Amazon. If we had been participating in the Amazon Associates Program at the time, and supporters spent the same amount on Amazon, we probably would have raised between $800-1,200, assuming our referral fees averaged between 4-6% as they do for many school groups.
$800-1,200 is a lot better than $130 -- especially since these fundraisers are equally easy for supporters.
Double-click the white box in the calculator below to enter your group's AmazonSmile donation amount.
If your school group is not participating in AmazonSmile or Amazon Associates, you can still get a rough idea of how much your group could earn. Click here for my previous blog post showing what other schools are raising.
Don't just settle for doing better than you are with AmazonSmile
Clearly, just by switching to or adding Amazon Associates to your fundraising, you could earn substantially more than with AmazonSmile. If you want to boost your earnings even higher, there are a number of easy ways to boost family participation and earnings to help max out your earnings through the Associates Program. I'll be covering those in more detail in future posts.
Ready to start your own Amazon Associates school fundraiser?
Be sure to check out these resources:
Amazon Fundraising Challenge – Free email course steps you through the process of starting your own profitable Amazon Associates fundraiser. Course delivered in 6 emails.
Amazon school fundraising results – Real-life Amazon fundraising results from schools across the country.
Infographic – Amazon Associates v. Amazon Smile Comparison Guide – How they work, how much they pay, and how to get started.
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