Amazon Smile for Charity
- September 10, 2019
- Savanna Simmons
If you use Amazon as I do, for basic staples, necessities, gifts, and everything in between, you may be leaving a lot of money on the table that could be doing some good. Now, I try to shop local as much as I can, but living 40 miles from town and 120 miles from the nearest Walmart makes Amazon a mighty handy thing in our household.
Amazon has a neat feature (not eligible on the app, sorry!) called AmazonSmile, in which Amazon donates .5% of your eligible purchases to a charity of your choice. By logging into Smile.Amazon.com instead of the standard web address or the app, you can shop just the same as you always do, while helping a charity. There are many to choose from, including local 4-H clubs and FFA’s as well as other worthy organizations. (Your charity of choice has to register with AmazonSmile in order to be eligible. If you don’t see them on the list, reach out to an organizer or leader.)
I have been using my AmazonSmile donations to benefit one of my favorite charities, Working Ranch Cowboys Association. Now, I’m not sure they’d call themselves a charity, more of a hand up to cowboy and ranching families in need due to medical or other situations. (If you don’t know about WRCA, read about it here.) If you don’t have a favorite (hopefully ag-related) charity, please consider WRCA.
Their mission statement is: To Provide Educational Scholarships For Children In Ranching Families And To Provide Humanitarian Relief To Ranching Families.
Here is more information from the Amazon Smile webpage:
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 smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?
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. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
Can I change my charity?
Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”
What charities can I choose from?
You can choose from over one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.
What if my selected charity does not register to participate in the AmazonSmile program or becomes ineligible?
If your selected charity does not register to participate, becomes ineligible, or requests to be removed from the program, you will have a chance to select a different charity to receive the accrued donations that have not yet been disbursed to your charity. If you do not select a different charity, the accrued donations will be distributed to other organizations receiving donations.
If I represent a charitable organization, how can I learn more about registering my organization for AmazonSmile?
Go to org.amazon.com to learn how to register your organization to receive donations.
How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.
Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.
About Savanna Simmons
I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...