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Posted: August 6, 2016

Round up spare change for APS kids and schools

The APS Education Foundation launches APSCents.

The APS Education Foundation has partnered with Albuquerque-based CaringCent to provide donors a unique and easy way to contribute to the Foundation.

CaringCent’s technology allows people to round up their spare change and give it to the APS Foundation, much like what you see at grocery store counter donation boxes – but CaringCent does it all electronically via your credit purchases. The program with the APS Education Foundation is called APSCents.

APSCents is available for use with most credit cards, making implementation easy. With every credit/debit card purchase, change will automatically be rounded up to the nearest dollar, which will go directly to the APS Education Foundation. For example, a purchase made at a restaurant for $35.20 means that the amount would be rounded to $36, with 80 cents going to the Foundation. Additionally, all donations are tax-deductible, and APSCents provides donors contribution records at year-end.

Go to to sign up to donate (beginning late Wednesday, Aug. 10). 

“Fundraising becomes more and more challenging each year with so many worthwhile causes looking for donations,” said Phill Casaus, Executive Director of the APS Education Foundation. “We are excited about partnering with a great Albuquerque company and making giving so much easier for our donor base.”

The Foundation supports a variety of competitive granting programs that benefit APS classrooms and schools. In 2015-16, it awarded nearly $500,000 in grants. Most centered on key academic needs, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), Fine Arts, Literacy and clubs/activities that keep students engaged in school. Awards are based on innovation, impact and need.

“Today, many of our supporters make donations at checkout counters across our city and, if given the choice, they would prefer to support our students,” Casaus added. “With APSCents, they now have this option.  We know that many of our supporters live on a finite budget.  APSCents makes supporting our students affordable for families of all types.”

CaringCent was born when co-founder Jim Wills was at the grocery store. He was asked at the checkout counter to give to an obscure charity. This video sums up the experience he is hoping to change:

Round Up Spare Change for APS Kids and Schools from APS in Motion on Vimeo.