February 3, 2023

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Amazon is closing its AmazonSmile charity platform

Amazon is ending its AmazonSmile charity program next month. The closure coincides with a series of cost-cutting measures announced by the e-commerce giant, including laying off thousands of employees.

The AmazonSmile program worked like an overlay for the standard Amazon website, allowing users to shop as usual but choose a charity to which the e-retailer donated 0.5 percent of the cost of all eligible products. Amazon claims that over $377 million has been donated through the program since its inception in 2013, but its closure notice indicated it wasn’t enough to keep the program going.

AmazonSmile will be discontinued on February 20th

“After almost a decade, the program has not grown to have the impact we initially hoped for,” the company said in a press release. “With so many eligible organizations – more than 1 million worldwide – our ability to make an impact has often been scattered too thinly.”

AmazonSmile will be discontinued on February 20th. Charities participating in the program can continue to receive additional donations until the end of the program, and Amazon said it will make a one-time donation to participating charities “equal to three months of what they earned through the program in 2022.”