igive.com is a site where you are supposed to be able to earn money for a chosen charity by doing internet searches (1 penny each) and buying things from a wide variety of merchants (a percentage of your purchase is donated). Unlike most other cashback and charity donation sites, Amazon.com is one of the places you can earn money. I do a lot of my shopping on Amazon and thought it would be great for a portion of that to go to my favorite charity. All the positive reviews here on Viewpoints convinced me it was legitimate and I decided to give it a go. My charity wasn't listed, but it is a relatively easy process to add new causes. I filled out the form and in no time the money was adding up. After just a few months I was sent an email saying a check was on its way; I asked my charity's director to let me know when it arrived. It never did. After the required 90 day waiting period for missing checks, I contacted igive to report the missing check (by email, I never could get them to give me any other means to contact them). They emailed back that they would send a new check the following month. I waited and waited but it never came. After the 90 days I contacted igive again and supposedly another check was sent, but that one never turned up either. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt the first time, the second time I was clinging to straws, but by the third time I have to accept that igive.com is a scam and my charity will not get any money from them. Funny enough, after posting a similar negative review on another site I received a comment from igive customer support assuring me they were legitimate, but they only gave me the same email address I had used before along with a lot of excuses. No money ever came. So I'm afraid they are all talk and no action. I have since deleted my account and removed my charity from their list of causes as I would not want my cause associated with such a dishonest company. I can only assume all these glowing reviews for igive have been written by people who are unable to check if their cause actually receives the money promised by igive. I can accept that a check might go missing once, but three times in a row is clearly just a scam. AVOID.
San Antonio, TX