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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Alexa, I Want to Make A Donation


Did you know you can donate to charity using your Amazon Alexa? Well, Charity Navigator just became one of eighty-three charities that can accept donations through Amazon Alexa (and we’re hoping more and more get added soon). 

Amazon’s donate function is just another innovation in a long line of new ways to donate (see your friend’s Facebook fundraiser for their favorite cause, a GoFundMe supporting your local community, or even Amazon’s Smile program, which you can use to give back while you shop). Charity Navigator is thrilled to be a part of the small, but ever-growing, program that Amazon has started in order to make the donation process more accessible to individuals



Here’s how it works: 

Charities have to start accepting donations through Amazon Pay in order to receive donations from Amazon. When you decide to give through your Alexa, the 83 charities will receive donations through their Amazon Pay account. One good piece about this program is charities have a lower processing rate than sellers on Amazon Pay, which means that more of your donation is actually getting in the hands of the charity. (To read more about donation processing fees, which happen in almost every online donation, read our tips here).

After charities receive their first donation through Amazon Pay, they have to wait 14 days (only once) to receive their donation. Afterwards, charities receive your donation in the same day that you’ve donated -- sometimes other processors can take up to three or four weeks to send the check to the charity.

Make sure you get a tax receipt from the charity you’ve donated to! Amazon will send you a confirmation of the donation but they do not send a tax receipt

So, what are you waiting for? Check out Amazon’s Alexa donate feature & see if one of your favorite organizations is listed!

Written by Sara Nason, Marketing Manager at Charity Navigator.

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