Amazon to discontinue its charity donation program
Amazon to discontinue its charity donation program that raised nearly $500 million as layoffs continue!
Amazon has donated about $500 million to charities since the program AmazonSmile launched in 2013.
In a notice to customers posted to its website, Amazon said that it plans to “wind down” AmazonSmile by February 20.
“After almost a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped,” the company said.
“With so many eligible organizations – more than 1 million globally – our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin,” it added.
The average donation to charities was less than $230, according to Amazon.
Reactions continue to pour in on Twitter timeline following Amazon’s announcement regarding AmazonSmile:
Amazon Smile shutting down is extremely disappointing.
Not because of what it raised for any individual charity – most donations were modest – but the fact that Amazon will now hand pick charities that align w/ corporate interests, gatekeeping millions of worthy charities.
— Michael Ringenbach (@mringenbach) January 18, 2023
I should have known that #AmazonSmile was too good for this world.
"…the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped."
Sure as hell looks like it made an impact to me. pic.twitter.com/mnRuXtEmJJ
— Boter Bug (@BoterBug) January 19, 2023
A MEGA corporation (aka @amazon) shutting down #AmazonSmile (which helps smaller nonprofits) under the guise of "we couldn't do as much as we wished" is gaslighting and creating a false narrative.
UM, no. Amazon doesn't want to share what it earned with others. That is all.🖕 https://t.co/2BTKHlPFAs
— Kelli Russell Agodon (@KelliAgodon) January 19, 2023
I love when Amazon says in the announcement to shut down Amazon Smile, “the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped”.
Umm you could have upped the percentage cut / more money and then maybe it will create the impact you had hoped. 🤔 #AmazonSmile
— Robbie Cooper (@itsrobbiecooper) January 19, 2023