FAQ • Giftfluence
Frequently Asked Questions
Search
What is the Giftfluence search engine?
The Giftfluence search engine is a Yahoo! powered search engine that donates every time that you perform a search. You use the search engine the same way you would any other search engine, and each time that you search a donation is made to your favorite cause.
How do I raise money for my favorite cause using the search engine?
Click here to visit the Giftfluence search engine. Select a charity and start searching to give back. To make an even greater impact set the search engine as your homepage
How much can I earn for my cause?
Your daily searches can quickly add up to a meaningful donation! There are no limits in how much your cause can earn
Cause Size Number of Supporters Average Searches Per Day Estimated Donations Per Year
Small 50 2 $365
Medium 500 2 $3,650
Large 2,500 2 $18,250
How does searching lead to donations?
Search engines typically generate revenue through advertisers. Giftfluence's search engine tracks and directs these search generated advertisement dollars towards your selected cause.
What percentage of revenue goes to my cause?
We donate 75% of the revenue generated from sponsored search results to your favorite cause.
How much does this cost me?
Absolutely nothing! Giftfluence is a free way to support your favorite cause. All of the money comes from advertisers on our site
Are the search results high quality?
Giftfluence's search engine is powered by Yahoo! so you know you will get the highest quality results
What happens if I forget to select a cause?
Revenue generated with no charity selected will be pooled together and used for special contests
What stops me from just clicking repeatedly to raise money for my cause?
Any fraudelent searching will result in the user being blocked from the site and the charity being de-listed. Fraudelent searches include but are not limited to: repeated manual clicks, as well as the use of robots or any other automated query or scripting tools. As long as you use Giftfluence honestly, it will not be a problem
How do I make Giftfluence’s Search Engine my homepage?
Google Chrome
Option 1- Set Giftfluence as the search engine for your address bar
  • Open Google Chrome and click on the "customize and control Google Chrome" icon shown here
  • Click on Settings and then click the "Manage Search Engines..." button under the "Search" title
  • Scroll to the bottom of your screen until you see the "Other Search Engines" section depicted here
  • In the "Add a new search engine" field type "Giftfluence Search"
  • In the "Keyword" field type "Giftfluence"
  • Paste the following in the "URL with %s in place of query" field: http://www.giftfluence.com/search-web/?q=%s
  • Click Done and Giftfluence will be your default search engine!

  • Option 2 - Set Giftfluence as your homepage
  • Open Google Chrome and click on the "customize and control Google Chrome" icon shown here
  • Click on Settings and then under "Appearance" check the box "Show Home button"
  • Below "Show Home button," click the link "Change"
  • Select "Open This Page" and paste in this url: http://www.giftfluence.com/search/
  • Giftfluence's search engine will now be your homepage

  • Option 3 - Set Giftfluence as a bookmark
  • Open Google Chrome and click on the "customize and control Google Chrome" icon shown here
  • Open the Bookmark screen by either pressing the Ctrl + D keys simultaneously or clicking the star at the right corner of the address bar (shown here)
  • Type a name that you will recognize as a bookmark, and you can easily access the Giftfluence search engine by clicking the bookmark just below your address bar

  • Mozilla Firefox
    Option 1- Set Giftfluence as your homepage
  • Open Firefox and visit our search engine in a new tab by clicking here
  • Drag and drop the Giftfluence tab onto the Home button (shown here)
  • Click "Yes" to set Giftfluence's search engine as your homepage

  • Option 2 - Set Giftfluence as a bookmark
  • Open Firefox and visit our search engine by clicking here
  • Click the star in the toolbar (seen here)
  • Type a name that you will recognize as a bookmark, and you can easily access the Giftfluence search engine by clicking the bookmark just below your address bar

  • Internet Explorer
    Option 1- Set Giftfluence as your homepage
  • Open Internet Explorer and visit our search engine in a new tab by clicking here
  • Click the "Tools" icon next to the Star icon and click "Internet Options"
  • In the "General" tab click "Use Current" then click "Apply" and "OK" to set Giftfluence's search engine as your homepage

  • Option 2 - Set Giftfluence as a bookmark
  • Open Internet Explorer and visit our search engine by clicking here
  • Press the Ctrl + D keys simultaneously
  • Type a name that you will recognize as a bookmark, and you can easily access the Giftfluence search engine by clicking the bookmark just below your address bar

  • Safari
    Option 1- Set Giftfluence as your homepage
  • Open Safari and visit our search engine in a new tab by clicking here
  • Click "Safari" then click "Preferences"
  • In the "General" tab click "Set to Current Page" to set Giftfluence's search engine as your homepage

  • Option 2 - Set Giftfluence as a bookmark
  • Open Safari and visit our search engine by clicking here
  • Press the ⌘ Command+D keys simultaneously
  • Type a name that you will recognize as a bookmark, and you can easily access the Giftfluence search engine by clicking the bookmark just below your address bar
  • Shop
    What is the Giftfluence shopping platform?
    The Giftfluence shopping platform is an online shopping portal that donates a percent of your purchase price to the cause of your choice whenever you shop online at one of our 500+ retail partners
    How do I raise money for my favorite cause using the shopping platform?
    Click here to visit the Giftfluence shopping portal. Select a charity and start shopping to give back. To make an even greater impact bookmark the page so you can return every time you shop
    How much can I earn for my cause?
    Your daily searches can quickly add up to a meaningful donation! There are no limits in how much your cause can earn
    Cause Size Number of Supporters Average Purchases Per Year Percentage Donated Estimated Donations Per Year
    Small 50 $500 5% $1,250
    Medium 500 $500 5% $12,500
    Large 2,500 $500 5% $62,500
    Where does the money come from?
    The stores pay 100% of the fee. They believe that you will be a loyal customer and are willing to pay to market to socially conscious consumers
    How much does this cost me? Is shopping through Giftfluence more expensive than shopping directly from the retailer?
    The cost to you is absolutely nothing! You receive the same price, experience and level of service as shopping directly through the retailers site. In fact, you may actually save money through special promotions and discounts that our stores share with us. The only difference to you is that you are earning cash back for your cause every time that you shop
    Is shopping through Giftfluence secure?
    Yes! The entire transaction takes place on the store’s website so it is the exact same as if you had shopped directly though their website. Giftfluence does not collect or even see any credit card or personal information
    FAQ For Causes
    What types of causes are eligible for Giftfluence?
    For now, Giftfluence is only open to nonprofit organizations. While you can create an individual fundraiser in support of a charity, all fundraisers must be in support of a non-profit. Once you submit the signup form our team will confirm the details of your charity and will have a page up within 72 hours
    How can I add a cause to Giftfluence?
    Getting started with Giftluence is simple! Just fill out this form and our team will get a page up within 72 hours
    When are donations sent out?
    Donations are calculated quarterly and sent one month in arrears on 2/15, 5/15, 8/15 and 11/15. This means that your check sent July 1st represents donations earned from March 1st through May 31st. The minimum check amount is $20. If your cause has not earned $20 in the previous quarter, the funds will roll over to the next quarter
    How do I change the information on my cause’s page?
    All that you have to do to change the information is to email us at team[at]giftfluence.com and we will make any changes that you would like. If you would like administrative access to make changes yourself let us know and we can set that up as well
    How do I promote my Giftfluence page?
    Once you sign up we will send you guides with all the resources you will need to successfully promote your cause. Additionally, we will send out information once per month with promotional materials that are relevant for the month. If you want more advice on how to successfully raise funds on Giftfluence feel free to reach out!