Make A Difference While You Shop With Amazon Smile

I wanted to take a quick second to point out an amazing way to make an impact via your favorite charity while shopping online! Amazon Smile is a feature within Amazon’s website that allows you to search and buy your favorite products, and Amazon will automatically donate a portion of your purchase amount to the charitable organization of your choice.

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Touring what will soon be a water well pumping station in Ndibai, Kenya, during a mission trip my wife and I went on in 2015.

The great thing is that there are almost one million 501(c)(3) public charities that are available for you to choose from. The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5%* ($0.05 for every $10) of your purchase from eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Please note, however, that the donation amount excludes portions of the sale such as gift-wrapping fees, shipping and handling, taxes and service fees. Occasionally Amazon will increase the donation amount on select products for a limited promational period.

The way it works is that you use your existing Amazon account, and just go to AmazonSmile. During your first visit to the site, you will be prompted to select your favorite charity, which you can change at any time, as often as you’d like. Going forward, whenever you go to AmazonSmile, your settings will be remembered. You will also see all of your shopping cart, Wish Lists, registries and all other account settings just the same as before, so no worries there. 🙂

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In conclusion, it’s the exact same Amazon you know and love, with an automated touch of generosity. Just a fun fact before I go:

Amazon, as of Q3 2016, earned $32.7 Billion in revenue. Let’s just say that a quarter of those sales were from AmazonSmile, totaling $8,175,000,000! If AmazonSmile donates 0.05% of that total, it will equal $408,750,000!!!! Almost 409 MILLION DOLLARS! WOW!

I strongly encourage you to spread the word and share this article with your friends. Knowledge is power and with only 6% of the US population shopping Amazon regularly, think of how much more money can be donated! All you’re doing is typing an extra word into the Amazon.com address and selecting a charity in just a few minutes and the rest is done for you!

Leave a comment below with the charity you selected! Would love to start a conversation with you! 🙂

*Unfortunately, AmazonSmile does not allow you to use these purchases as a tax deduction. Donations are considered to be made by the AmazonSmile Foundation.
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