AmazonSmile: Making Your Purchases Matter More

One of my favorite internet memes shows a mat with the words asking the delivery driver to “please hide the packages from husband.” The picture in the meme shows a welcome mat with a not very well-hidden package under it. Well-hidden packages notwithstanding, Amazon is a popular way to enjoy easy shopping!

A very cool thing about Amazon that is often over-looked is AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), which offers the same benefits of its sister website, Amazon.com, but with one distinct difference. When users shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation contributes .05 percent of eligible purchase to the charity of your choice. Especially for frequent Amazon users, this addition perk is a great way to give to MAF effortlessly.

Granted, .05 percent is not a ton. My 20 purchases on AmazonSmile have only generated $2.68 for MAF. But, the AmazonSmile Foundation, through people choosing MAF as their designated charity, has to date donated $14,224.19. That’s a good amount generated by just a few clicks!

AmazonSmile is a great way to supplement your regular giving to MAF painlessly while you shop. The website is the same and you can even use your Amazon Prime for free shipping. You pay no extra on your purchases, it is a win-win! So, use AmazonSmile whenever you shop online and encourage your friends and family to do so, too.

You can look up more information on AmazonSmile. I checked out, ”thebalancesmb.com” for info for this article.

By Craig Talsma, Advocate Wing Manager

Northern Region

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