Many people have the intention to do more for charity but when life gets a little hectic, it can be so easy to put it at the back of your mind.
What if there was a way to donate to charity without changing your normal routine – and at no extra cost?
This is where Amazon Smile steps in. It is thought that Amazon has around 65 million Prime members worldwide. So it is more than likely that you hold an Amazon account or someone in your household does.
What is Amazon Smile and how does it work?
Amazon Smile allows you to shop, using your normal amazon account, for millions of products at the same low prices that the regular Amazon site allows.
The difference is that with each purchase you make through Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5 per cent of the net purchase price of the product you buy.
You can just shop as normal for those last minute gifts, that book you’ve wanted to read for ages or those bin bags you forgot from the supermarket. But by doing so on Amazon Smile, you’re helping to support a charity.
The contribution from Amazon is based on the eligible product’s price alone and excludes VAT, shipping fees and returns. Eligible products are marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.
It has just launched in the UK, but started in the US four years ago. During that time Amazon has donated over $62 million (£47 million) charities.
There are 10 UK charities to choose from and enrolment for all UK charities registered with the Charity commission will open next year.
The charities currently available are:
British Red Cross – Enables vulnerable people in the UK and overseas to prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their communities
Cancer Research UK – Pioneering research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured
Magic Breakfast – Delivers healthy breakfasts to schools in disadvantaged areas of the UK, to ensure that no child starts their day too hungry to learn
Marie Curie – Provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families
The Royal British Legion – Provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity – Provides specialist healthcare services for children and young people throughout the North West, as well as nationally and internationally
RSPCA – Specialises in animal rescue & furthering the welfare cause for all animals
Save the Children – Works to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm in the UK and around the world
Scottish Women’s Aid – Working towards the prevention of domestic abuse in Scotland
Stonewall – Campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people
Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager at amazon said, “We’re offering a simple way for customers to support good causes ahead of the busiest shopping period of the year.
“Over time, we hope to see similar success here as in the US, where over $62 million has been donated to over 230,000 charities since launching.”
You might already donate regularly to a charity but there is no harm in doing in a little extra, especially when it doesn’t involve any extra money coming out of your pocket.