Scrip – FAQ

Which merchants offer scrip?

THS is partnering with Great Lakes Scrip Center which offers more than 300 of the country’s biggest brands including grocery, department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, home improvement and much more. A complete list of merchants can be found at:

How much will the scrip program benefit Temple Har Shalom & Mountain Top School?

There is no limit to the fundraising dollars that can be generated by scrip purchases. Just by using scrip gift cards to pay for your normal weekly purchases, you can easily raise $500 or more per year. It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work! 

Is participation in the scrip program mandatory?

THS asks that all members help fundraise to meet our program and educational goals that are not covered by basic dues. While this is a volunteer fundraising program, our hope is that all families participate in this easy way to raise money that does not ask for an out-of pocket contribution. We simply ask that you use a scrip gift card instead of other forms of payment when you shop. 

Are scrip card purchases tax deductible?

The amount of rebate per each scrip gift card that is purchased is tax deductible. Only the rebate amount that is given back to THS, not the total amount of the card, is considered charitable giving to our organization.  THS asks that you track your own scrip contribution and consult with your personal accountant on tax rules and regulations. 

How much do scrip cards cost?

Most scrip cards are available in denominations ranging from $10-$100. There is no maximum to how many scrip cards can be purchased.

How do I pay for scrip?

We offer two ways to purchase scrip gift cards. The most convenient and quickest way is to enroll in “PrestoPay,” a feature that connects your scrip account with a specified checking or savings account, and ensures secure and timely processing of every scrip order. A convenience fee of 15 cents (less than the price of a stamp) is added to each total order, not gift card. When placing orders with PrestoPay the order will instantly be placed into our system from the comfort of your personal computer.

If you choose to pay with check or cash, the order will not be placed until our office receives payment and the check clears.

Is PrestoPay Secure?

Yes. PrestoPay is an online payment system created by Great Lakes Scrip Center. It is similar to  PayPal, Venmo or any other online 3rd party payment system.  In order to set up an account, Great Lakes Scrip Center requires a multi step verification process and requires a 2-step authentication every time you create a purchase.

Are electronic scrip cards available?

Yes. ScripNow eCards are electronic gift cards that can be purchased and available immediately paid by your PrestoPay account.  Cards can be printed out or scanned on your smart phone. You can also send ScripNow as gifts via e-mail, with the option to add a personal message, and schedule a delivery for a specific date up to a year in advance for birthdays, thank-you’s, graduations and more.

While not all, most merchants offer ScripNow eCards.

Is there an app for scrip? is an easy mobile site from any smart phone to purchase, store and use your ScripNow eCards. There is no app to download but by adding the mobile site to your home screen, it will function like any other app you use on your phone.

How/When will my scrip orders be processed?

Simply visit or to fill out your order whenever you are in need of scrip gift cards. We will process all physical scrip cards paid with cash, check or PrestoPay on a monthly basis and pay for all applicable shipping charges. You may pick them up in the main office when they arrive.

Remember, there is no wait when purchasing ScripNow eCards!

Will there still be scrip cards available to purchase in the main office?

Yes. We will keep a stock of local grocery store scrip cards in the office for immediate purchase. You may stop in during regular business hours with a cash or check to complete an order.

Do scrip cards expire?

There are no expiration dates on any SCRIP cards.

What if I lose my scrip cards?

Unfortunately these cards are like cash. If you lose the card, there is no reimbursement.

What else should I know about scrip?

To save yourself time and generate much needed dollars for our temple, think about pre-ordering scrip to cover your anticipated grocery purchases, Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts, teacher, coach or counselor thank-yous, college textbooks, special occasion outfits, office and school supplies and even pharmacy needs. With a little advance planning your regular spending will greatly benefit our organization

This sounds complicated, is it?

No. Once you set up your scrip account all of its components are integrated weather you use the mobile site ( or the regular version (  Creating an account takes the same amount of time as setting up any type of online profile and payment system. Once your family account and PrestoPay accounts are complete you are free to shop and support our temple and school at your convenience. Scrip gift cards are no different from buying a gift card directly from a retailer, except when you buy through this program, our community benefits.   

How do I set up an account?

Follow this link to easily set up your scrip account! 

What if I have further questions about scrip?

There are two points of contact for help:

*Rachel Rosenblatt:

*Great Lakes Scrip Center: or (800) 727-4715.