Amazon will end 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 acted as an overlay for the default Amazon site, allowing users to shop as normal but choose a charity to which the e-retailer would donate 0.5 percent of the cost of all eligible products. Amazon claims more than $377 million has been donated through the program since it launched in 2013, but the closure notice suggested that was not enough to keep the program going.
AmazonSmile will end on February 20
“After nearly a decade, the program has not grown to create the impact we originally hoped,” the company said in a press release. “With so many eligible organizations – over 1 million worldwide – our ability to make an impact was often spread too thin.”
AmazonSmile will end on February 20. Charities participating in the program can still receive additional donations until the program closes, and Amazon said it will make a one-time donation to participating charities “equivalent to three months of what they earned through the program in 2022.”