What is AmazonSmile?

If you’re looking for a great way to give back, Amazon has an awesome program called AmazonSmile that allows you to donate money to a nonprofit of your choice, and it actually doesn’t cost you anything!

All you have to do is activate this program on the Amazon shopping app you already have. 

Or, if you’re not shopping on your phone, you can type smile.amazon.com/ch/85-2557839 into your browser and plug into the program that way.

Once you’re part of the program, your Amazon shopping experience remains the same. All the same, products are available. All the same, discounts apply, and the prices don’t change.  The only difference is Amazon will make a donation to the Alliance Foundation and we will be able to help people build a Path to Prosperity.

Who pays for the donations?

If the prices are still the same on my Amazon purchases, how am I donating?

You aren’t donating directly. Amazon is actually making the donation.

By signing up with AmazonSmile, you’re telling Amazon where you’d like the donation to go.

Do small donations make a difference?

A great example of an organization that would benefit a lot from AmazonSmile donations is the Alliance Foundation.

This is a charity where even small donations make a big difference.  

This is because they’re helping hungry people get meals and homeless people find shelter. 

Your small donation, which happens automatically when you make a purchase through AmazonSmile, could literally be the difference between someone having a meal tomorrow, or going hungry!

How do I sign up for Amazon Smile?

The first step is to join AmazonSmile. The easiest way to do this is to use your web browser to access smile.amazon.com/ch/85-2557839. Once there, use your Amazon sign-in information, and they will walk you through a simple sign-up process.

During this process, Amazon will ask you to choose your favorite charity. Although this program allows you to contribute to more than one charity, we recommend starting with the Alliance Foundation as a way to make a significant difference with a small amount of money right away.

Download the Amazon shopping app

The next step is to download the Amazon shopping app. You probably already have this app on your phone, but if not, you can download it from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Once you have the app on your phone, you can simply tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left-hand corner, tap ‘settings,’ and then tap ‘AmazonSmile.’

How to use AmazonSmile

Once you’ve chosen ‘AmazonSmile,’ all you have to do is tap the button that says, ‘turn on AmazonSmile’, follow the three-step set-up process, and you’re good to go.

At this point, you can keep shopping on Amazon the same way you always do, and AmazonSmile donations will happen automatically.

What are AmazonSmile charity lists?

If you enjoy giving back and want to take it to the next level, you can make purchases on Amazon and have items delivered directly to your charity of choice.

If you want to participate in this program, we recommend that you contact us to inquire if there are any specific items we might need. 

Once you know what we need, you may contribute through AmazonSmile charity lists.

Renewing AmazonSmile

To keep using the AmazonSmile program, you’ll need to renew the app twice a year. This is super easy since Amazon will send you a reminder with instructions. The whole process takes less than a minute. However, it is important to complete this simple process because without doing so, Amazon will silently turn-off your contributions to the Alliance Foundation.

Why AmazonSmile

We’ve already covered a few reasons why AmazonSmile is such an awesome program.

It’s worth repeating that the most obvious advantage is that it literally costs you nothing!

This is an amazing opportunity for those of us who would love to help but don’t have extra cash to give away. 

What we can give, however, is the decision to empower a charity that you know is actually making a difference in people’s lives. 

That’s no small thing!

You get to make the choice of who gets the money.

It may seem like the amounts are small (Amazon gives .5% of your purchases). But two things are worth keeping in mind.

The first is that all of the needs out there aren’t huge. Your purchase today won’t solve world hunger, but it might buy someone a meal tomorrow.

The second thing that’s worth keeping in mind is that all of your  Amazon purchases combined with other people’s purchases will actually add up to a more significant dollar amount over time. 

Also, when we give, it becomes a great reminder that we’re all connected. Everything we do has an impact on the people around us. Intentional giving to a  charity like the Alliance Foundation helps us to be more conscious that our choices really make a difference.

Last, consider AmazonSmile the first step on your journey as a giver. As you become more successful and have more resources, your ability to make an impact will only grow!

Again, the setup is super simple!  You can just type smile.amazon.com/ch/85-2557839 into your browser to plug into the program!

 

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