Fundraising through the Year


1.  Shop through Amazon Smile rather than the regular site.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I sign up for AmazonSmile to support Virginia Gators of Harrisonburg?

The simplest way to sign up is to click this link: and sign into your amazon account as you normally do.  After signing in, you will see a page that states, “Your shopping will support Valley Area Swim Team, Inc.”  AmazonSmile will remember your charitable selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.  AmazonSmile can also be reached by clicking on the AmazonSmile logo on the left side of our team webpage. Please note we are listed as Valley Area Swim Team on the AmazonSmile site.

How do I make sure my Amazon purchases are always supporting our team?

Make sure you are logged into  before placing your order.  You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.  


2.  Make purchases through Swim Outlet by going to our team website first.

Need to make a purchase at Swim Outlet?  A portion of all proceeds go back to our team if you shop through our team account.  Rather than going directly to the Swim Outlet website, go to our team website and click on the Swim Outlet logo on the left side of the home page under “Important Links” or click on this link: .  You will see a banner near the top of the page that states, “You are shopping through the Virginia Gators Harrisonburg Swimming affiliate account.”  


3.  Learn about RaiseRight below and let me know if you are interested in joining.

Virginia Gators of Harrisonburg has partnered with RaiseRight, a company that helps organizations fundraise with gift card purchases.  The great thing about RaiseRight is both our team and YOU benefit! Earn money every day on the purchases you’re already making just by paying with a gift card you ordered from RaiseRight.

How does RaiseRight work?

Purchase gift cards through RaiseRight from over 750 retailers.  Rebates in the amount of 1% up to 19% of the gift card total will be earned.  The total rebate amount will be split between the team and you with 25% of the total rebate supporting the team and 75% of the rebate being applied directly to your Gators account to help cover monthly charges.  For example: If you order a $100 gas card and there is a 3% rebate (for a total of $3), then the team receives 25% ($.75) and your Virginia Gators account is credited 75% ($2.25). It adds up quickly!

What type of gift cards can I purchase through RaiseRight?

Check out the website to view all the available stores that give rebates for gift card purchases.  Everything from gas stations, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Lowes, CVS, Panera, Chipotle, and many of the stores at the Valley Mall are represented.

There are 3 different types of gift cards that are available depending on the retailer.  

1)  RaiseRight® eGift cards: Over 380 retailer brands offer ScripNow, which are eGift cards that you can buy and receive instantly via their app. Then you can print them off or redeem them from your phone when you’re on-the-go.  

2) Physical Gift Cards:  These are the same gift cards you see at the store. You’re probably familiar with giving them as a gift, but you can also use them for your own spending and earn even more. RaiseRIght offers physical gift cards to over 700 retailers.  Our team Coordinator places orders for physical gift cards several times a year and they arrive 2-3 days later for distribution.  Unlike the RaiseRight eGift cards, physical cards are not processed immediately, but at specific times through out the year by our team Coordinator who will receive all the cards and distribute them upon arrival.  

3) ReloadNow® and Reload:  You can order a reloadable physical gift card from RaiseRight which you can add funds to when your balance is low. Over 120 retailer brands offer either ReloadNow or Reload that will add funds to your card immediately or overnight respectively, which means you won’t have to wait for a new card to ship.


How do I pay for the gift cards through Scrip?

When you sign-up for Scrip you will have the option to also sign up for Presto Pay (similar to Paypal). PrestoPay securely links a bank account to your ShopWithScrip account so you can choose electronic debit when you checkout online. You create a secret PIN number to use at checkout, so you know your account is protected.  Please note there is a small convenience fee of approximately $0.15 per order. Although Scrip does not require you to sign up for Presto Pay, our team is requiring sign up to avoid having to collect physical checks from members monthly.

How do I sign up?

If you interested in signing up for this great fundraising program, please reply by email to [email protected] with your name and phone number, and you will be sent enrollment instructions.