Amazon Shuts Down AmazonSmile Charity Program

  • 20-01-2023 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

AmazonSmile was a charity program launched in 2013 by Amazon.com to help customers make donations to different charities while shopping on the platform. The program allowed customers to select their favorite charity, and Amazon.com would donate 0.5% of their purchase price to the chosen organization. Unfortunately, after 8 years of operation, Amazon recently announced that it is shutting down the AmazonSmile program. 

AmazonSmile was an innovative program that allowed customers to donate to charities of their choice while shopping on the Amazon platform. Customers could select from more than 1 million eligible IRS-recognized US-based public charities. All it took was for customers to log into their Amazon accounts and find their favorite charity. After choosing a charity, 0.5% of their purchase price would be donated to the organization. Amazon has now announced that it will no longer be offering the AmazonSmile program, and all donations made through the program have been stopped.

The end of the AmazonSmile program leaves many charities without a reliable source of donations. Charities that relied on the program for donations are now looking for other sources of funding. For those that were registered with AmazonSmile, there are other options, such as setting up their own donation page or partnering with other donation platforms such as GoFundMe. 

While the end of the AmazonSmile program is a major setback for charities, Amazon has stated that it will continue to support charitable causes in other ways. In addition to its existing donations to nonprofit organizations, Amazon plans to focus on other initiatives such as Amazon SmileCodes, which allows customers to scan codes to directly donate to charities. 
After 8 years of operation, Amazon recently announced the end of its AmazonSmile charity program. While this is a major setback for charities that relied on the program for donations, Amazon has stated that it will continue to support charitable causes in other ways. For those charities that were registered with AmazonSmile, there are other options, such as setting up their own donation page or partnering with other donation platforms.