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Donate to the Amigos When You Shop
By Charles Falzon

Thank you to all those who have recently renewed their memberships. We try not to hammer our members by constantly asking for money even though it is constantly needed. We understand it gets confusing and frustrating. Membership dues and donations: what’s the difference? Suffice it to say we are working on ways to keep our membership and donation requests as clear and simple as possible.

But it is worth reminding our readers, members, and donors that the activities of the Amigos de Bolsa Chica are supported entirely from membership dues, private donations, grants and fundraisers. Like any organization or business, the Amigos must meet the costs of payroll for our small, part-time staff, insurance, phones, website, storage unit, newsletter and educational materials printing, and a myriad of other expenses that are necessary to fulfill our pledge to preserve and restore the Bolsa Chica, and to educate people about the importance of wetlands. All contributions to Amigos de Bolsa Chica are tax-deductible (FIN 33-0752003) as allowed by law under IRS Code Section 501(c)3. Although the tax code was recently revised, you can still deduct if you itemize.

In addition to asking for membership dues and donations, there are a few other very simple ways to support the Amigos de Bolsa Chica—donate when you shop.

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Donate to Amigos de Bolsa Chica every time you shop on Amazon by using Amazon Smile. Go to smile.amazon.com and designate the Amigos as the charity you support. That’s it, you are done. You can also go to smile.amazon.com/ch/33-0752003 to start shopping. If you use this link, you can simply keep it in your bookmarks and you will not have to register or designate Amigos de Bolsa Chica as the organization you want to support before you shop. Either way, Amazon will automatically donate .05% of your purchase to Amigos de Bolsa Chica. It could not be easier. Start shopping with Amazon Smile today!

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eScrip is a year-round way for you to contribute to the Amigos just by using your credit cards when you shop. Here is how it works: Go to www.escrip.com. Click on the sign up link on the top of the page. Complete the registration and set up a user name and password. Choose the Amigos de Bolsa Chica as one of the groups you want to support. Register one or more credit or debit cards and that is it. When you use the cards that you registered, eScrip merchants make a donation to Amigos de Bolsa Chica. Shop online, buy groceries, or dine out to make a difference for the Amigos. On the e-Scrip website you can look to see what businesses, both online and in the community, help you to support the Amigos.

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Ralphs Community Contribution Program makes it possible to donate every time you shop at Ralphs. All you need is a Rewards or a Plus card and an online account. If you have a Rewards or a Plus card, go to https://www.ralphs.com/ and sign in to your account, select the My Account tab to confirm your address and phone number, then select the Amigos de Bolsa Chica as the organization that you wish to support. The Amigos de Bolsa Chica will now display in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program section of your account. Simply use your card every time you shop for Ralphs discounts, and the Amigos will get a small contribution. The Amigos should also appear at the bottom of your store receipts. If you have not yet set up your online account go to https://www.ralphs.com/topic/community-contribution-2 and follow the instructions.