Who used Amazon Smile?

Unfortunatley, I guess not enough folks used the Amazon Smile website. I got an email from Amazon today saying that they are shutting down the service due to “limited impact”. Here’s the email.

Dear customer,

In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. However, after almost a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped. With so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.

We are writing to let you know that we plan to wind down AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. We will continue to pursue and invest in other areas where we’ve seen we can make meaningful change—from building affordable housing to providing access to computer science education for students in underserved communities to using our logistics infrastructure and technology to assist broad communities impacted by natural disasters.

To help charities that have been a part of the AmazonSmile program with this transition, we will be providing them with a one-time donation equivalent to three months of what they earned in 2022 through the program, and they will also be able to accrue additional donations until the program officially closes in February. Once AmazonSmile closes, charities will still be able to seek support from Amazon customers by creating their own wish lists.

As a company, we will continue supporting a wide range of other programs that help thousands of charities and communities across the U.S. For instance:

  • Housing Equity Fund: We’re investing $2 billion to build and preserve affordable housing in our hometown communities. In just two years, we’ve provided funding to create more than 14,000 affordable homes—and we expect to build at least 6,000 more in the coming months. These units will host more than 18,000 moderate- to low-income families, many of them with children. In one year alone, our investments have been able to increase the affordable housing stock in communities like Bellevue, Washington and Arlington, Virginia by at least 20%.
  • Amazon Future Engineer: We’ve funded computer science curriculum for more than 600,000 students across over 5,000 schools—all in underserved communities. We have plans to reach an additional 1 million students this year. We’ve also provided immediate assistance to 55,000 students in our hometown communities by giving them warm clothes for the winter, food, and school supplies.
  • Community Delivery Program: We’ve partnered with food banks in 35 U.S. cities to deliver more than 23 million meals, using our logistics infrastructure to help families in need access healthy food – and we plan to deliver 12 million more meals this year alone. In addition to our delivery services, we’ve also donated 30 million meals in communities across the country.
  • Amazon Disaster Relief: We’re using our logistics capabilities, inventory, and cloud technology to provide fast aid to communities affected by natural disasters. For example, we’ve created a Disaster Relief Hub in Atlanta with more than 1 million relief items ready for deployment, our Disaster Relief team has responded to more than 95 natural disasters, and we’ve donated more than 20 million relief products to nonprofits assisting communities on the ground.
  • Community Giving: We support hundreds of local nonprofits doing meaningful work in cities where our employees and their families live. For example, each year we donate hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working to build stronger communities, from youth sport leagues, to local community colleges, to shelters for families experiencing homelessness.

We’ll continue working to make a difference in many ways, and our long-term commitment to our communities remains the same—we’re determined to do every day better for our customers, our employees, and the world at large.

Thank you for being an Amazon customer.

I’m hoping that these new initiatives will be helpful to their intended target communities.
'38Packard

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Sad to see them discontinue the AmazonSmile service. I used to support a cultural organization via AmazonSmile. I can still support the organization, and just bump up my contribution to them to cover what AmazonSmile added.

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We used AmazonSmile for a long time. We didn’t generate gobs of cash for our selected charity, but we liked knowing a little bit more was heading there as we spent money buying things from Amazon.

By the same token, we just bought a birdhouse and pole this week. The price was the same on Amazon compared to the actual manufacturer and both offered free shipping.

The manufacturer got the business, not Amazon.

And my most recent prescription was with Amazon because they were half the price of Costco… but I found out that Costplusdrugs (Mark Cuban) is about half the price of Amazon. Guess who gets the next order?

Rob
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

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When you make a purchase using PayPal they give you the option of donating $1 to charity (either one they select or one you designate). Seems simple and easy.

DB2

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DB2–
"When you make a purchase using PayPal they give you the option of donating $1 to charity (either one they select or one you designate). Seems simple and easy. "

  • Yup, definitely better than “Network for Good” which charges donor a fixed fee + % to complete the transaction. Some of their transaction charges were awful.
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We used it to support our church; sad to see it discontinued. Every little bit helps!

Cheers!
Murph
BL Home Fool

Same here. I’ve always thought AmazonSmile was a great idea. It’s a pity they are shutting it down.

I’ve got to call my wife. Her non-profit in Key West gets big support from the Key West community who sue Amazon Smile to support the work her non-profit with physically and mentally disadvantaged people. My wife’s job is to include these beautiful souls in the community by finding those who are capable, jobs at grocery stores, gas stations, gardening, etc.

Test landscaper I know is a young man, 40, who is one of her clients and who has severely short attention span when you talk to him. He responds to color and sound more than the spoken word. My wife built him a six hoop basketball board at chest level at work. Then she painted each hoop a different color. Then when a sound disturbs him, he walks to the board and drops a bean bag through the color he associates with the sound.

My wife had this idea about the color green and her idea worked: She found this guy a perfect job in a cruel world which thinks, first-glance, this lovable man with a child’s mind is stupid. She found him work in a plant store, seeding small pots, and growing flowers. Amazing fit! The plant store owner can give this guy 100 pots to seed and he’ll be done before noon. And he names every flower he grows. He pull weeds. You want focus on weeds? This guy exalts at idenitfying and pulling them from all growing plants, either in bigger pots or in the ground. He talks to the weeds and tells them he’s sorry, but his flowers come first.

And now, no Amazon Smile? Bad news, but I appreciate it. I’ll call her momentarily. It was a big part in funding this initiative in our community involvement of these beautiful people. Glad I saw this here. Will call her now to break the news softly.

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I also use Amazon Smile, but there is an alternative. It is called iGive ( https://www.igive.com/ ). It has a pop-up in the lower right corner of your screen, which can be mostly minimized. Pick the charity you want and go with it.

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Our alumni association used it to raise a little extra funds. Not sure how much it raised in total but every bit helps. Since I mostly only buy books on Amazon, my “donations” might have added up to $100 over the years.

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