by Sparo


Magento Platform
Open Source (CE)
1.9, 1.9.1, 1.9.2

Tech Specifications

Current Version:
Stable Build
04 July, 2017
Extensions, Payments & Security, Checkout Enhancements
License Type:
MIT License (MIT)


Integrates with customer checkout page to give your customers the opportunity to donate to the charities which matter to them.


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Sparo enables everyone to do more good—more often—through their everyday purchases. And if you’re a merchant who uses the Magento eCommerce platform, Sparo has made it incredibly simple for you to give your customers the opportunity to give to the charities that matter to them.  When you install this extension, Sparo will provide access to our intuitive charity widget for placement on your shopping cart. This widget will allow your customers to view, search, and select from a broad number of charities that interest them.

Once your customer has selected a charity, and completed the order, the donation is reflected to our Sparo account. The Sparo extension for Magento allows for you to select the percentage of each cart sale would be donated to charity.  Sparo assesses a 2% sales fee for each charitable donation.

A Versatile Donation/Brand Loyalty/Plug-and- Play Tool

The Sparo extension integrates easily into any site’s checkout page and offers a host of benefits.

- Adds a corporate social responsibility program to any e-commerce site.
- Shoppers can select one or more causes or charities to which a portion of the total sale will be donated by the merchant.
- Helps increase loyalty, encourages transaction completion and attracts new customers.
- No coding or adjustments required to your store or shopping experience.
- Allows configuration of the Sparo Merchant ID
- Allows configuration of the Sparo API Key
- Provides a "production-mode"; option that will direct transactions to Sparo's production servers
after integration has been successfully tested

Let’s Get Started

Installing the Sparo Plug-and- Play Magento Extension is simple. However, if you do run into any problems or have questions that are not answered here, please contact us.

Step 1: Download the Sparo App from the Magento App Store.

The Sparo App is installed via the merchant’s website local Magento Admin Panel. Click on Magento Connect Manager and log in.


Step 2: Sign Up with Sparo

Before you launch Sparo, you’ll need to provide a little information, including how much you wish to donate and billing address. Begin by telling us a little about your business If you already have a Sparo Merchant account, click the sign in link up top.


Set Your Donation Percentage

As a Sparo Merchant, you can choose to donate between 2% and 90% of the total sale to Sparo-approved charities. If you're unsure about how much to donate, we recommend you start with 5%. You can always adjust this percentage at any time.


Add Contact and Billing Info

You will be charged a small service fee for each sales transaction associated with a Sparo enabled contribution. Complete the contact information with your current billing address to receive this invoice.


Merchant Agreement

After you complete our signup form, we kindly ask you to agree to our Merchant Agreement. Please review the agreement and make sure your name, your business name and donation percentage is correct.

When you've reviewed the merchant agreement, select the "I agree" checkbox and click the "Save Config" button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.


After you save your configuration, you will be provided with your Account Details including:
- Sparo Merchant ID
- Business Name
- Website
- Email
- Phone

Step 3: Setting Up

When you're ready to activate the Sparo Donation App, click on the "App Settings" tab and configure the settings.

Choose a Widget Theme

Select from the dropdown menu which theme you would like the Sparo Donation App to be installed. (Usually this is your current Magento theme.)


Launch to Production

By default, the Sparo Donation App is in "Test Mode." In order to accept live transactions, you must select "Production" from the dropdown.


Hide/Show App

The Hide/Show app feature lets you toggle the visibility of the Sparo Donation App on your checkout page. Switch to “show” so customers can use it.


Static Blocks

Once you have selected a theme, you will now see two new Static Blocks created under the CMS >> Static Blocks menu:

- Sparo Charity Selection Block
- Sparo Charity Confirmation Block


You will also see two new Widget Instances created: spare_selection and sparo_confirmation. Installing them is simple.

This is the charity selection carousel that should be installed on your shopping cart page.

  1. Add it by selecting the sparo_selection widget to view the edit widget screen
  2. Click "Add Layout Update”
  3. Select Display On: "Specified Page"
  4. Select Page: "Shopping Cart"
  5. Select Block Reference: "Page Header"
  6. Click "Save" in the upper right corner of the page

You should now see the Sparo Donation App appear above your shopping cart.


This will display a confirmation message that a donation has been made to the selected charity after purchase. It should be installed on your one-page checkout success page.

  1. Add it Select the sparo_confirmation widget to view the edit widget screen
  2. Click "Add Layout Update”
  3. Select Display On: "Specified Page"
  4. Select Page: "One Page Checkout Success"
  5. Select Block Reference: "Page Header"
  6. Click "Save" in the upper right corner of the page

You should now see the Sparo confirmation window appear after a donation has been completed.


Ready to Make a Difference

Congratulations! Your store is set to do some good. And that’s good for business. Make sure to tell your customers they can now make a purchase with a purpose.


If you have any questions or want to learn more, please reach out to us:
9812 Falls Rd. Suite 114-156
Potomac, MD 20854

Toll free: (877) 9-SPARO-1
Corporate: (301) 960 3405
Fax: (301) 960 3318
General Email:


Release Notes

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  • Compatible with Open Source (CE) : 1.9 1.9.1 1.9.2
  • Stability: Stable Build
  • Description:

    This version allows any Magento merchant to setup a Sparo account within Magento and auto-generate the blocks and widgets necessary to run the Sparo program in their site.

    Prevent extension from deleting cookies during the sale process in order for the confirmation popup to detect that a charity donation has taken place .


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