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    Like many people I know Amazon plays a large role in my families needs and wants . Its a love hate relationship for
    me but I offset my loathing of the mega-business Amazon by using their Amazon Smile program. Amazon smile would donate a portion of the sale to a charity of my choice.I would send my dollars to a bird rehabilitation facility (A Place called Hope). It adds up to these charities.

    AMAZON sent out an email..they are ending the program. This really is a rotten thing.. These charities are really going to be hurting in a few months


    Dear customer,

    In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. However, after almost a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped. With so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.

    We are writing to let you know that we plan to wind down AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. We will continue to pursue and invest in other areas where we’ve seen we can make meaningful change—from building affordable housing to providing access to computer science education for students in underserved communities to using our logistics infrastructure and technology to assist broad communities impacted by natural disasters.

    To help charities that have been a part of the AmazonSmile program with this transition, we will be providing them with a one-time donation equivalent to three months of what they earned in 2022 through the program, and they will also be able to accrue additional donations until the program officially closes in February. Once AmazonSmile closes, charities will still be able to seek support from Amazon customers by creating their own wish lists.

    As a company, we will continue supporting a wide range of other programs that help thousands of charities and communities across the U.S. For instance:
    Housing Equity Fund: We’re investing $2 billion to build and preserve affordable housing in our hometown communities. In just two years, we’ve provided funding to create more than 14,000 affordable homes—and we expect to build at least 6,000 more in the coming months. These units will host more than 18,000 moderate- to low-income families, many of them with children. In one year alone, our investments have been able to increase the affordable housing stock in communities like Bellevue, Washington and Arlington, Virginia by at least 20%.
    Amazon Future Engineer: We’ve funded computer science curriculum for more than 600,000 students across over 5,000 schools—all in underserved communities. We have plans to reach an additional 1 million students this year. We’ve also provided immediate assistance to 55,000 students in our hometown communities by giving them warm clothes for the winter, food, and school supplies.
    Community Delivery Program: We’ve partnered with food banks in 35 U.S. cities to deliver more than 23 million meals, using our logistics infrastructure to help families in need access healthy food – and we plan to deliver 12 million more meals this year alone. In addition to our delivery services, we’ve also donated 30 million meals in communities across the country.
    Amazon Disaster Relief: We’re using our logistics capabilities, inventory, and cloud technology to provide fast aid to communities affected by natural disasters. For example, we’ve created a Disaster Relief Hub in Atlanta with more than 1 million relief items ready for deployment, our Disaster Relief team has responded to more than 95 natural disasters, and we’ve donated more than 20 million relief products to nonprofits assisting communities on the ground.
    Community Giving: We support hundreds of local nonprofits doing meaningful work in cities where our employees and their families live. For example, each year we donate hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working to build stronger communities, from youth sport leagues, to local community colleges, to shelters for families experiencing homelessness.
    We’ll continue working to make a difference in many ways, and our long-term commitment to our communities remains the same—we’re determined to do every day better for our customers, our employees, and the world at large.

    Thank you for being an Amazon customer.


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    I agree with you 100%. What really burns me is the line stating the program had not grown to create the impact we originally hoped. Sounds like a cop out to me. Yes, unfortunately many great charities will be hurting. The last time I checked www.relentless.com still takes you straight to Amazon, too bad it is still not relentless in the smile program.

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    That sucks Al and this...

    In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. However, after almost a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped. With so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.


    I am sure the affected charities are going to miss the extra funds.

    I liked Amazon when it first started but now it is full of cheap products and you really have to watch what you bought and it is too big for it's britches.

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    That sucks Al and this...

    In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. However, after almost a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped. With so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.


    I am sure the affected charities are going to miss the extra funds.

    I liked Amazon when it first started but now it is full of cheap products. You really have to watch what you bought and it is too big for it's britches.

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    I feel the same I been using Smile since its conception and gave me a little comfort that I was contributing to ASPCA at least a small part that put together with the thousands of people doing the same made some difference.

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    Saw this email last night and was kind of bummed. Our charity (IFAPA - Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association) doesn't seem to be particularly popular as they've only received like $700 and an embarrassing percentage of that has come from our family.
    I can absolutely see how things would feel spread thin, I'd guess the impact is really spread around, but I think that's kind of the idea.
    I'm sure that's just a PR type release.

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    Walmart has been positioning themselves as a direct competitor of Amazon in my area. Maybe they will see this as a perfect opportunity and start offering a similar program. I have as little love for walmart as I do Amazon but it would definitely be a factor to me all other factors equal.
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