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Donate With Membership Rewards® Points

You can now redeem Membership Rewards points to make donations through Members Give to over 1,000,000+ registered 501c3 charities. You can redeem points in increments of 1,000, 5,000 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, and 500,000 toward donations made in either your name or as a gift on behalf of a friend or loved one. All standard Membership Rewards program terms and conditions apply.

1. How can I use my Membership Rewards points to make donations through Members Give?
2. Can I change my mind after I have redeemed Membership Rewards points for a charitable donation?
3. ow many Membership Rewards points can be redeemed to make a donation?  Is there a limit?
4. What if I want to redeem points in a different amount than what you offer through Members Give (increments of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, and 500,000?
5. If I make a donation using Membership Rewards points, is the donation tax deductible?
6. What is the dollar amount that will be donated if I choose to redeem Membership Rewards points?
7. If I am not enrolled in the Membership Rewards program and would like to enroll, what do I do?
8. Is there a fee for using Membership Rewards points to make donations to a charity?
9. How can I find out more about the charities before selecting them for a donation?
10. Is there a way for me to make an anonymous donation?
11. If I make a donation as a gift, how will the gift recipient be notified?
12. Will I receive a receipt confirming the donation?

1. How can I use my Membership Rewards points to make donations through Members Give?

Using Membership Rewards points to make a donation has never been easier. Once you access Members Give (americanexpress.com/give) you will be able to do the following things:

  • Choose the charity to which you would like a donation to be made
  • Check your Membership Rewards point balance
  • Decide how many Membership Rewards points you would like to redeem:

You will be able to pick from 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, and 500,000 point increments. In addition to redeeming points you will also have the option to make a monetary donation to any of the charities offered through the site. At any time you can visit Members Give and review the history of all your donations. [back to top]

2. Can I change my mind after I have redeemed Membership Rewards points for a charitable donation?

Like all other redemptions made via the Membership Rewards program, requests to redeem points to make a donation are considered permanent. [back to top]

3. How many Membership Rewards points can be redeemed to make a donation? Is there a limit?

No, there is no limit to the number of points you can redeem for donation, provided you have the available point balance in your Membership Rewards account. Donations must be made in pre-set increments of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, or 500,000 points, but you can redeem multiple increments to reach the amount you would like to donate. [back to top]

4. What if I want to redeem a different amount of points than what is offered through the preset increments on the site? (Increments of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000 and 500,000 points)

As long as you have the available point balance in your Membership Rewards account you can request multiple transactions. For example, if you would like to redeem 3,000 points you can process three requests of 1,000 points each. However, you can only redeem points in the 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, and 500,000 points increments. [back to top]

5. If I donate using Membership Rewards points, is the donation tax deductible?

Please consult your tax advisor regarding the tax deductibility of a donation made using Membership Rewards points. [back to top]

6. What is the dollar amount that will be donated if I choose to redeem Membership Rewards points?

For every 1,000 points, $10 will be donated to the charity of your choice.

Please note that there is an upcoming change for redeeming Membership Rewards points for donation. Beginning January 2, 2014, the charity of your choice will receive $5 for every 1,000 points redeemed after 500,000 points have been redeemed through Members Give in a calendar year. For redemptions up to 500,000 points in a calendar year, the charity will continue to receive $10 for every 1,000 points that you redeem. [back to top]

7. If I am not enrolled in the Membership Rewards program and would like to enroll, what do I do?

Enrolling in the Membership Rewards program is as easy as visiting the Membership Rewards website at americanexpress.com/rewards and accessing our enroll area. Individual terms and conditions as well as annual program fees apply. Some Cards are not eligible for enrollment. Click here to visit Membership Rewards online. [back to top]

8. Is there a fee for using Membership Rewards points to make donations to a charity?

No, there is no fee to redeem points through Members Give; however the point increment you select will be permanently and automatically deducted from your Membership Rewards account. [back to top]

9. How can I find out more about the charities before selecting them for a donation?

You can review information, including program and financial details, on any charity listed in Members Give, by searching for a charity and clicking on its name. A summary of each charity, the background and financial status will then appear. [back to top]

10. Is there a way for me to make an anonymous donation?

Yes, at the end of the transaction it will give you the option to be anonymous. Simply uncheck the boxes that say "please send the charity my name, email and address." [back to top]

11. If I make a donation as a gift, how will the gift recipient be notified?

An email will be sent out to the gift recipient to inform them of this donation. [back to top]

12. Will I receive a receipt confirming the donation?

Yes, at the end of the transaction you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your redemption of points for donations and/or your monetary donation charged to the American Express Card and a transaction number for tracking purposes.

 

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