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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Program
The eScrip program is a proven and powerful fundraising program that allows participating merchants to contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school or organization of your choice.

Shop with eScrip Merchant Partners
ESI has entered into agreements with major national and regional merchants and service companies for the eScrip program. Merchants from a broad range of industries are targeted for ongoing program enrollment. In addition, ESI is glad to contact your favorite merchants with program and enrollment information.

Reporting
ESI takes care of all bookkeeping and deposits for you, providing fundraising coordinators and supporters with detailed reports. All merchant donations are deposited into your organization's account monthly using the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) system. The payment system upon which this is based is the very latest in reliable, secure technology.

Security Questions
ESI places a tremendous value on the relationships it has with eScrip program participants across the country. Safeguarding personal information is one of our highest commitments.

About the Company
ESI is a California (San Mateo) based corporation dedicated to establishing relationships between commerce and community to provide resources to organizations that support children.

Fundraising Potential
Based on expenditures of $400 per month, at participating merchants, the chart below illustrates the extraordinary fundraising power of the eScrip program. Expenditures can be for food, clothing, travel and entertainment, as well as miscellaneous family purchases. AND, keep in mind that with the eScrip program, extended family and friends who live in and out of town can also participate, supporting your worthwhile programs.

Number of Supporters Average Amount Spent Monthly Total Contribution per Year
50 $400 $12,000
100 $400 $24,000
200 $400 $48,000
500 $400 $120,000

Based on 5% average merchant donation.
Does not reflect 15% administration fee.
These numbers are for illustrative purposes only.
Merchant contribution percentages vary by merchant, please check eScrip merchant contributions in your area.

Fundraising Coordinators
Your group's success with the eScrip program is dependant on you, the group coordinator, to distribute materials that encourage members of your community to participate in the program. We provide all the materials that make it easy to register supporters and deliver meaningful reports that show your contributions earned.


About the Program

What is the eScrip program?
Introduced by Electronic Scrip Inc. (ESI), the eScrip program is a fundraising program that allows participating merchants to contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school or organization of your choice. (See eScrip merchant list for participating merchants and cards accepted by each merchant.) Paper-based fundraising programs have become a proven benefit to schools, churches, organizations, and to all the children involved with these participating organizations. The eScrip program brings an unprecedented ease of use and many other advantages to fundraising programs -- it's the best vehicle for simple, year-round fundraising. The eScrip program streamlines the whole fundraising process and puts everyone -- the organization, the kids, their parents, and the community -- in the winner's circle.

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How do I sign up?
Simply register online or contact your fundraising coordinator.

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Is it a special card?
No, to use the program, you simply register your existing grocery loyalty cards, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, diners Club, debit/ATM cards and merchant cards such as OfficeMax and use them everytime you shop. These merchants have agreed to donate a percentage of your expenditures to your enrolled school or organization.

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How does the eScrip program work?

  • Supporters register any or all of their existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program.
  • Participating national, regional and local merchants will make contributions to enrolled organizations, based on purchases made by supporters, who use their registered grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards. The eScrip program will continually contract new merchants.
  • By using these registered cards at participating merchants, supporters generate donations based on a percentage of purchases as determined by each merchant or service provider.
  • Every month the enrolled organizations receive all merchant contributions made on behalf of all participants. A summarized report listing supporters, merchants, and contributions amounts are available online.

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What cards does the eScrip program accept for registration?
Grocery loyalty cards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and debit/ATM cards.

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How will I know which of my cards have been registered?
Go to My eScrip to view or update your registered cards.

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Can I have family members register their cards?
Yes, our merchants include participants from across the United States. You simply send a registration form to extended family/friends for their participation with the eScrip program. You may either register online or download registration forms from our web site.

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Can I enroll my spouse's card under my name?
Yes you can. You may list all household family cards under one supporter ID. If both spouses have the same credit card number, you only need to list it once. If they have different card numbers, list all card numbers in the database.

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I currently purchase paper scrip, why should I do this?
The eScrip program is being offered as a convenient way to participate in scrip fundraising. With the eScrip program, you do not need to pre-purchase paper certificates prior to making a purchase. Also, you will not "run out" of paper certificates, since you always have your registered cards with you for purchases. The eScrip program is also great for times you don't have scrip, last minute shopping, holidays, travel, and business/corporate expenses. Also, the eScrip program covers a wide range of merchants that organizations may not "stock" in paper. Merchants are pleased with the ease of the eScrip program and the many compelling benefits it provides. Some merchants may discontinue their paper program for the eScrip program.

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Can card registrants support more than one organization?
Yes, the donation can be split up to three ways. You can easily select up to 3 groups during your initial online registration or go to My eScrip to update your account information online.

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How do card registrants change the organization they wish to support?
Go to My eScrip to update your account information online or send email to supporters@escrip.com.

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Shop with eScrip Merchant Partners

Who are the retailers signed up for the program?
ESI has secured and is in the process of securing contracts with major, national, regional and local retailers from a broad selection of industries. The merchant list will be growing on a continual basis. With the broad choices of merchants available, your supporters will have the opportunity to support your organization with a majority of their purchases.

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Will other merchants be added to the eScrip merchant list?
ESI continues to work with and contract merchants from a broad cross section of categories to allow supporters many choices in consumer spending that can now add up to increased contributions to your school.

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When do you add merchants? How do I find out about new merchants?
ESI is continuously negotiating with a large number of merchants. For the most up to date merchant list - see our website at www.escrip.com

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How can local merchants and retailers participate?
Any merchant who accepts a loyalty, credit/debit/ATM card transactions for payment can participate in the program. If you know of any merchants you would like to have on the program, make a "Suggested Merchant list" including name, address and phone number of those merchants. If known, also provide the name of the contact person. We recommend that you return this with your enrollment form. ESI will make contact with these merchants with program information. Interested merchants are encouraged to check our website for further information.

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If an eScrip participating grocery store is using a loyalty card to track purchases, how do I get a card?
Visit your local participating grocery store to apply and receive your grocery loyalty card. You must then register the card with the eScrip program. When making purchases, use your loyalty card and pay with any method you prefer (cash, check, debit/ATM, or credit card). It is the grocery loyalty card that automatically tracks the contribution to your organization.

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What about airline miles and other rewards associated with these cards?
The eScrip contributions you earn by using an eScrip registered debit or credit card have nothing to do with the benefits that may be offered by the debit/credit card provider, and you will still continue to earn these benefits from these providers. This is the beauty of registering all the cards you frequently use - you earn for your favorite group, while still earning rewards from your debit/credit card provider - a real win-win!

eScrip does have partnerships with other rewards companies that administer the contributions you earn for such things as eScrip Dining (administered by Rewards Network) and online shopping (administered by Incentive Networks). These companies do offer eScrip contributions when using their services. They may also offer other types of rewards, such as airline miles, cash back, or other rewards. In these cases you will have to choose the type of reward you prefer, but you can not get both, or all, of their rewards offerings (called "Double Dipping"). However, you will still continue to receive any rewards you earn from your Debit/Credit card provider, even if you use these services.

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Will participation in the eScrip program prevent me from getting my usual club card discount at the cash register- even if I pay with a check or cash?
No, all club card discounts remain in place and run in conjunction with our program.

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Are there any exclusion to purchases made on the eScrip program?
Participating merchants may have certain exclusions to purchases. Please see the eScrip merchant list for exclusions.

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Why do merchants want to participate in eScrip?
The eScrip program builds mutually beneficial relationships between schools and the business community, strengthening community ties as a whole.

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Why are some of the contribution percentages lower than the paper percentages?
The convenient use of eScrip allows each and every purchase to be tracked for a contribution to your organization. This higher volume translates into increased earnings for organizations. And, eScrip has contracted with merchants whom have never before participated in paper fundraising programs, further expanding the choices available to supporters.

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In what regions is eScrip available?
eScrip is a national program with representation from merchants in communities across the nation. Organizations that contribute to the direct education of youth are welcome to participate with the merchant list available in their region, or the national merchant list.

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Reporting

How will I know how much I have contributed using the eScrip program?
Monthly statements are available online by accessing My eScrip. Your organization will also receive a consolidated report showing the amount contributed in your name. Reports online are available for both group coordinators and supporters of the program.

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How will extended member's eScrip purchases be tracked toward my family's commitment? (Tuition schools)
ESI provides each organization a report listing eScrip program participants and their phone number. In the event that the school or organization does not recognize a name, they may contact that person and determine whom to credit.

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Why isn't my password accepted when I try to "sign on" to My eScrip?
Passwords are case sensitive. Make sure your CAPS LOCK key is properly set. Additionally, passwords must not contain any spaces or special characters. Double check to make sure that you entered your password and username correctly. If you are experiencing difficulties send email to supporters@escrip.com.

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Security

Is it safe to be giving our credit card numbers out in this way?
ESI has contracted with a national processor who provides state-of-the-art technology for administration of the eScrip program. ESI's process involves flagging these card numbers for program use. The participating retailers provide the processor with the purchase information so a donation amount can be applied. ESI's systems have met the strict requirements of the participating merchants in the area of security, safety and confidentiality. For additional information read our privacy policy.

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What about privacy and security of my personal information?
ESI places a tremendous value on the relationships it has with eScrip program participants across the country. Safeguarding personal information is one of our highest commitments. ESI will not license, sell, exchange or distribute any specific information about its eScrip participants to any third parties who are not directly involved in the eScrip program. By participating in the eScrip program, you are authorizing ESI to use information relating to your registered card transactions for the limited purposes of processing rebates to your designated organization and providing cumulative reports to your organization. No purchase details are given to ESI for the eScrip program. For additional information read our privacy policy.

The eScrip program uses state-of-the art technology for customer support and administration. These systems have met strict requirements, in the areas of security and safety, of participating merchants and processors. (See eScrip program terms and conditions on the card registration forms for specific details.)

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About the Company

Who is ESI?
ESI is a California (San Mateo) based corporation dedicated to establishing relationships between commerce and community to provide resources to organizations that support children. ESI's board and officers include individuals with diverse backgrounds that include computer technology, banking systems, marketing, accounting, fundraising, and the non-profit sector.

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How do I know this is a legitimate program?
ESI is a registered corporation in the state of California. The best reference we can put forward is the caliber of retailers that ESI is enrolling on the program. These retailers are entrusting ESI to run a quality, safe, and very visible program using their names and their donations.

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Who are the founders of ESI?
Ian Diery - CEO & President
Scott Adams - CFO
Richard Sutch - EVP Sales & Marketing
Joanne Remillard - EVP Community Groups
Mark Allarea - EVP Operations

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Fundraising Coordinators

My organization is interested in joining the eScrip program. What is the process? What will I receive in the mail?
You may download an enrollment form from the web site, and follow the directions on the form to send it to us. Once your group has been enrolled, you will receive an email confirmation notice, and then a welcome kit will be emailed to your group This will help you get started with the eScrip program.

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What types of organizations can participate in the eScrip program?
The eScrip program is a program for schools and organizations that directly support the education of youth. Individual merchants may have a group funding focus which means they will contribute to specific group types.

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Will this program affect our non-profit status?
It is illegal for us to provide tax information. You must ask the advice of your own tax professional. However, this program is designed to be run by volunteers in your organization and the funds are designated as contributions from the merchants, which should not change your organization's tax status. Again, we recommend that you seek the advice of a tax professional.

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How and how often will our organization get paid?
Your organization can expect to be paid approximately 60 days from month's end. Payment is contingent upon ESI receiving funds from merchant partners. This time allotment covers merchant billing, reconciliation by merchants, debit transfers of money from merchants and credit to your organization's account. All deposits to your organization are made by Electronic Funds Transfer. This process safeguards against lost checks and delayed deposits by busy volunteers. It is the safest way to ensure that money is directly and safely deposited into your organization's account. The first payment will be sent 60 days after close of the first month of the program. Subsequent payments will then be in regular 30-day intervals. Your bank statement will identify the funds transfer into your organization's account.

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I represent an organization and I have enrolled in the eScrip program. What will my GROUP welcome email include?
It will include:

  • Confirmation letter of enrollment
  • Instructions and promotional information about program use
  • Links to: Promotional Materials, Flyers, Program Information

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My organization is not enrolled but is listed on your site - why is this?
We have included Data from a nationwide list of schools.

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If we are listed, but not enrolled, how do we become actively enrolled?
Complete the group enrollment form which includes the coordinator's name and contact information, email address and a copy of a voided check. Return the enrollment form to ESI at the address provided on the form.

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As a listed group, why would we want to become enrolled and active?
You may already have families (supporters) who have registered with eScrip and have chosen to support your organization. Their shopping could add up to contributions for your group, but you need to be actively enrolled in order to begin receiving funding.

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