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How to automatically donate now that AmazonSmile is shut down

February 22, 2023

How to automatically donate now that AmazonSmile is shut down

In February 2023, Amazon officially shut down its AmazonSmile program after running it since its launch in 2013. According to the website for the now-defunct philanthropic program, AmazonSmile helped donate more than $450 million to hundreds of thousands of charities over the past ten years.

How AmazonSmile worked

AmazonSmile worked by automatically donating 0.5 percent of the purchase price of your Amazon orders to the cause of your choice. In order for a donation to be made, shoppers needed to start at, rather than the website’s main URL or app. 

The best AmazonSmile replacement

If you’re looking for a way to continue your automatic giving now that Amazon’s program is no longer in existence, Givebacks is a terrific AmazonSmile replacement. Like AmazonSmile, Givebacks makes it easy to automatically power donations when you shop, at no cost to you. 

But unlike Amazon, Givebacks works with 15,000+ online merchants and retailers and 10,000+ local restaurants, creating many more opportunities for giving back. When you shop and dine at participating stores and restaurants, those merchants automatically donate a percentage to the cause of your choice. Givebacks partners typically offer higher percentages for donations as well, ranging from 1-5 percent.

To get started with Givebacks, all you have to do is create an account, select a cause you want to support, securely link your card, and then shop and dine like you normally do. Donations will automatically be made to your choice of millions of great causes, with no need to spend extra money or time. 

While we’re sorry to see that Amazon shifted their focus away from this charitable program, we’re happy to offer you an AmazonSmile replacement that empowers you to make a difference with every purchase.