Shopping affiliate schemes

Your PTA could be earning commission from money spent online by signing up to a shopping reward scheme. Sign up today and spread the word!

Take the amount you're likely to spend online in the next month or so and multiply it by the number of parents at your school. If your PTA could earn 3-4% without having to ask parents for donations or to attend events, just think how much you might make.

While individual companies, such as Scholastic, offer a kickback, there are several companies whose reward schemes incorporate leading retailers such as Amazon, Tesco, NEXT, John Lewis and hundreds more. Your PTA could benefit every time a parent uses one of these fundraising websites to access their chosen online shop.

Or with a new scheme from ESPO earn money for the school and also for the shopper from instore purchases with participating retailers including Sainsbury’s and Argos. My School Fund is an exciting initiative that combines the spending power of parents, guardians, school staff and other individuals to help boost school budgets. It’s free for schools to register and in effect offers FREE MONEY!

There are no hidden charges for using these schemes, either to parents or your PTA, and all the product prices, offers, terms and delivery details are exactly the same as going straight to the individual websites. The only difference is that the children at your school will benefit from every purchase. So get your PTA signed up and send details out to all your parents now and at key times throughout the year.

If parents are likely to forget to shop through the affiliate scheme, many allow them to download a 'donation reminder' as a browser extension on their computer, which will prompt the user to claim cashback when they're shopping online.

To make it easier for users who shop on their phones and tablets, both TheGivingMachine and Give as you Live offer a mobile app. They're free to download and make raising money on mobile devices more user-friendly.

Whichever device they're using, parents can simply select their nominated charity when they register, then shop with their favourite online retailers as normal. The average amount raised is £2.10 per person, per month – with 200 families supporting your scheme, you'd earn £420 per month for doing nothing!