Donating Part of Your Big Fat Check to Cash Back for Change

Your Big Fat Check can make a big impact! With our Cash Back for Change program, you can donate the change from your quarterly Cash Back payment to our partner nonprofits. All you need to do is opt in to start giving back.

How does it work?

To participate, you’ll need to opt in. You can also do this in your Account Settings. Then, when it’s time to get your Cash Back payment, we’ll automatically donate the change portion to our partner nonprofits and give you the rest. You’ll still get your remaining Cash Back amount via the method you’ve selected (PayPal or physical check). For example, if your next Big Fat Check is $50.85, you’ll get $50 and give $0.85 to nonprofits.

Who can participate?

If you get your Cash Back payment via PayPal or check, you’re eligible to participate! Members who get paid via American Express Membership Rewards® Points aren’t eligible to opt in to the program. You can still help by donating directly to our partner nonprofits.

What nonprofits does it benefit?

We’ve partnered with 3 nonprofits who are committed to making the world a better place. Your Cash Back for Change donations will be split between each of these organizations.

Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization active in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The Direct Relief mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies—without regard to politics, religion or ability to pay. In response to the many natural disasters occurring throughout the US and across the globe, Rakuten partners with Direct Relief to help improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential resources needed for their care and to help lift these communities up again.

Eat. Learn. Play. seeks to unlock the human potential of every child. Founded by three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry and entrepreneur, TV host and New York Times bestselling author Ayesha Curry, the program addresses the Currys’ passion for 3 core pillars vital to a successful childhood: nutrition, education and physical activity. Rakuten and Eat. Learn. Play. team up to prioritize underprivileged children, ensuring they have the necessary food and access to quality education to enable a healthy, active lifestyle that allows them to flourish.

Girls Inc. of Alameda County is a nonprofit organization that focuses on preparing young women ages 6 to 18 to excel in the classroom and in their careers. With activities spanning more than 1,400 sites in 400 cities in the US and Canada, their mission is to focus on the development of each girl as an individual by supporting, mentoring and guiding them. These girls learn to value their whole selves, discover and develop their inherent strengths and receive the support they need to navigate the challenges they face. Rakuten is partnered with Girls Inc. of Alameda to support quality education that positively impacts girls by equipping them with skills to navigate through economic, gender and social barriers in their school years.

Are my Cash Back for Change donations tax deductible?

We will not provide a tax receipt for your Cash Back for Change donations. You can talk to your tax advisor about deductions for any donations you make.

How do I opt out?

In your Account Settings, find Cash Back for Change, and switch the toggle off to opt out. If you change your mind and want to opt in again, simply switch the toggle back on to participate. Be sure to opt in or out before the 1st of the next payment month so your request is processed before we send your Cash Back.

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