What is Sparo?
SPARO is the only online charity application completely embedded at checkout on participating retailer sites that allows shoppers to purchase what they like, through sites they already trust, while supporting their favorite causes. There’s absolutely no cost to shoppers or nonprofits because participating retailers make the donations based on predetermined amounts (to cover their charitable commitments and to keep Sparo running the program).
Where do donations come from?
Our participating merchants agree to donate a percentage of the purchase to a charity selected by the shopper. There is no cost to the shopper or non-profit. The shopper must select to donate through Sparo option on the checkout page of a participating merchant.
What percentage of my purchase goes to charity?
The percentage donated varies from one merchant to another. You can find the % that each merchant has agreed to donate on the merchant listing page.
Are there any costs to me?
There are absolutely no costs to being a Sparo member.
How can I find out where the donations accrued through my activities have gone too?
You can find a full listing of your donations under your profile > total donations to date after your log in.
What causes and charities can I support?
Please find the full listing of charities enrolled in Sparo on the Charities listing page.
Can I donate to more than 1 charity?
You can donate to as many charities as you wish. However, for every purchase you can only select one charity to donate too. Alternatively, you can save donations to your piggy bank and later select various charities to donate too.
How quickly do donations reach my non-profit recipient?
]Donations are disbursed within 90 of initial purchase.
What if I have a problem with an online order?
Please contact the retailer directly. Be sure to save all confirmations sent from the retailer in case there is an issue on their end.
What is the Piggy Bank and how does it work?
The Piggy Bank allows you to accumulate donations for later disbursement. You can also select to donate to various charities at the same time. There is however a time-limit on the Piggy Bank. We are eager to get the funds to the organizations we support within a reasonable timeframe. Therefore if you do not donate within 6 months of your initial purchase, Sparo will make the donation on your behalf to a listed charity.
Where do I find out a full list of non-profits enrolled in Sparo?
Please click on the link to find a listing of all charities and non-profits enrolled in Sparo.
Where do I find out the full list of participating merchants?
Please click on the link to find a listing of all participating merchants.
What is the tuition assistance program and tuition bank?
One of Sparo’s missions is to help students enrolled in a US accredited College/University to pay for college tuition. Sparo sets aside a percentage of every dollar charged to the merchant to run the Sparo program for tuition assistance. When the tuition bank reaches $5,000 , Sparo awards the funds to an enrolled student in the Sparo tuition program.
How can I enroll in the Tuition Assistance Program?
You must be enrolled in a US accredited University or College program in order to be eligible for Sparo’s tuition assistance. Please go to (include link) and fill out all the necessary information to enroll.
How can I spread the word about Sparo?
We would you love to share the word about Sparo and have other members join and make this world a better place. Simply, go to your profile page and opt to share any of the activities you have recently completed.
What if I can’t find my favorite charity?
If you don’t see your favorite charity just enter their information on the form here and we will work to get them added to our program.
What if I can’t find my favorite merchant?
If you don’t see the retailer you’re looking for just enter their information on the form here and we will work to get them added to our program.
What if I return an item that was purchased with a donation? Will the charity I selected still get the donation amount?
All returns and cancellations will be refunded to the merchant, including donation amount.
Are the donations taxes deductible?
Since the merchant is donating to the charities on your behalf, only they can deduct taxes on the donations.
Registration and Account FAQ
Is my Personal information safe?
How do I change my email address, password, and preference?
Log in to Sparo, click on the Your Account link at the top of the page, then go to Account Information> Update My account Information (include link).
Do you share my information with the causes I support?
Unfortunately, not every non-profit organization has the technical capability to receive shared information, so we can’t guarantee a charity will necessarily know that a donation came from you personally.
Do you have my account information from the retailers I visit and purchase from?
No. We do not capture any payment information from participating retailers.
How do I cancel my Sparo account?
If you’d like to cancel your account, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that if you have an available giving balance that you donate all of those funds prior to closing your account.