AmazonSmile Will Shut Down in February
Amazon launched AmazonSmile a decade ago, in 2013, providing an easy way for shoppers to donate to their favorite charity.
AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. The donation will be made at no extra cost and there are almost a million public charities to choose from.
But the program will end soon. Amazon says that it has not grown to create the impact that it had originally hoped. With so many eligible organizations available, Amazon says the ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.
The online retailer has already announced back in January that it will wind down AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. In recent days it also sent out emails to customers announcing the end of the program.
Amazon says it will continue to pursue and invest in other areas where hey can make meaningful change, from building affordable housing to providing access to computer science education for students in underserved communities to using its logistics infrastructure and technology to help during natural disasters.
Amazon will also make a onetime donation, equivalent to three months of what they earned in 2022 through the program, to help charities that have been a part of AmazonSmile with this transition.
The move to end AmazonSmile comes as the company is looking to cut expenses amid a worsening economic outlook and slowing growth. Amazon has also instituted a hiring freeze across its corporate workforce and is laying off thousands of workers.
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