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How Your PTO Can Benefit From the AmazonSmile Program

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The AmazonSmile program allows you to make a donation to charity when you shop on Amazon. Although it is not a large amount, it adds up over time. This program is a great way to supplement your charitable contributions without spending a lot of money. It is also free to set up and use, and there are no membership fees or other costs involved. If you already use Amazon, setting up an account with AmazonSmile is easy.

Once you have signed up for the program, you can visit the website to select your favorite charity. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of your eligible purchases to the charity. This is excluding any shipping fees and taxes. You can also make larger donations directly to the charity. There are no additional fees, and you can even use PayPal to make your purchases.

You can choose from more than a million charities to donate to. Most of these are 501(c)(3) nonprofits and have been rated by the IRS as a non-profit organization. To qualify, you must select a charity from the list when you create your Amazon account. The selection will be stored in your account.

In November 2018, AmazonSmile registered almost one million charities. It’s worth noting that these donations aren’t tax-deductible, so it is best to consult your tax advisor for any tax questions. You can donate to a different charity every time you shop on and AmazonSmile, or you can use a combination of both. One of the biggest advantages of using AmazonSmile is that you’ll still get the same prices as on, but you’ll get to support the charity of your choice.

Donating to charity is an easy and convenient way to support a good cause. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your purchases to a registered charitable organization. This is done automatically through AmazonSmile. The donation amounts will be combined with those of other customers. Your donations are generally transferred to registered charities within 45 days.

You can also join the AmazonSmile affiliate program, but you must be sure your organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3). This can be difficult for nonprofit organizations, so it is important to make sure your organization is registered with AmazonSmile. If your PTO wants to participate, consider signing up for a free webinar on the subject.

Once you’re registered, Amazon Smile will automatically transfer your existing information to your new account. This includes items you’ve already purchased or saved to your wish list. Once set up, you can use your mobile app to use Amazon Smile. You’ll need a valid email address and an account administrator. After this, you’ll need to verify your bank account information and upload a copy of a voided check to verify the information.

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support nonprofits while shopping online. It allows you to designate a charity that receives a percentage of your purchases. For example, the Friends of the Hawaii Kai Public Library can be designated as a charity. As long as you designate the charity, your donations will add up over time.