Sadly GRRMF and all other organizations supported by AmazonSmile received a letter of their program being discontinued. We want to sincerely thank everyone who picked us as your charity and because of you, we received a donation every quarter based on the generosity of your orders through Amazon. We will continue to receive the regular percentage of any AmazonSmile eligible product you continue to order through February 19th. Many of us are stocking up for those extra supplies we need all year long to make this last donation the best to date!
Here is an excerpt of the communication you likely received as well. While we are saddened by their decision, we thank Amazon for supporting this program for charities through the many years and thank their employees for all the hard work they continue to do each and every day to support our communities.
In 2013, we launched AmazonSmile to make it easier for customers to support their favorite charities. However, after almost a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact that we had originally hoped. With so many eligible organizations—more than 1 million globally—our ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.
We are writing to let you know that we plan to wind down AmazonSmile by February 20, 2023. We will continue to pursue and invest in other areas where we’ve seen we can make meaningful change—from building affordable housing to providing access to computer science education for students in underserved communities to using our logistics infrastructure and technology to assist broad communities impacted by natural disasters.
To help charities that have been a part of the AmazonSmile program with this transition, we will be providing them with a one-time donation equivalent to three months of what they earned in 2022 through the program, and they will also be able to accrue additional donations until the program officially closes in February. Once AmazonSmile closes, charities will still be able to seek support from Amazon customers by creating their own wish lists.
We’ll continue working to make a difference in many ways, and our long-term commitment to our communities remains the same—we’re determined to do every day better for our customers, our employees, and the world at large.
Thank you for being an Amazon customer.
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