Did you know that you can donate to your favourite charity for free by shopping on Amazon?
The ecommerce giant has pledged to donate 0.5% of purchases to charities that are selected by shoppers through its subsidiary website Amazon Smile. This means that when you buy anything on Amazon, you can choose to donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the charitable organisation of your choice.
Amazon Smile has same products and prices, and it’s totally effortless to set up. The credentials you need to log into Amazon Smile are exactly the same as the login details you use for Amazon.
Use Amazon Smile to support IMEC
If you don’t know which charity to support, please consider donating to the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC). IMEC is a non-profit organization that supports porters on Kilimanjaro by campaigning for fairer pay and human rights through the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). KPAP receives all of the donations made to IMEC.
Amazon Smile is one way that conscious tourists can fight back. Although these small contributions are no substitute for direct donations, it goes a long way in helping to raise much-needed funds to create better working conditions for porters.
And it won’t cost you a penny. All you need to do is shop on Amazon as you normally would but with the added step of selecting International Mountain Explorers as the organization you want to donate to. The existence of IMEC is dependant upon private donations and any funds received directly benefit Kilimanjaro's porters, so your contribution via Amazon Smile would be enormously beneficial!
How to donate to IMEC via Amazon Smile
Donating funds to IMEC couldn’t be easier. Simply follow the steps below to get started.
- Visit the following link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1348903 to choose International Mountain Explorers as the charity of choice.
- Sign into Amazon Smile if you are not already signed in. The Amazon Smile website is identical to Amazon in selection and prices.
- Once this is done, you’re all set. Now anytime you purchase from smile.amazon.com, a portion of that money will go to International Mountain Explorers Connection.
How to ensure your browser always uses Amazon Smile
Amazon makes it as easy as possible to donate to not-for-profit organizations such as IMEC with their SmileAlways Chrome extension. Installing SmileAlways will ensure that your computer browser always uses Amazon Smile, even if you forget.
In Firefox, you can use the add-on Smile Redirect.
Unfortunately, these are the only two browsers which have these Chrome extensions available. However, if you do not have Google Chrome or Firefox then you can also bookmark smile.amazon.com to make it easier to return and continue shopping while donating through your purchases on AmazonSmile.
Use Amazon to change the world
Amazon Smile is a quick and easy way to support organizations that help the world’s most vulnerable people. All it takes is a few clicks to support charities (such as IMEC) and help them to continue the great work that they do.
Some people say that changing the world is impossible. But the truth is, that all it takes are a few simple steps to help make the world a better place.
Amazon Smile is probably one of the easiest ways you can make a difference in the lives of people all over the world. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Amazon Smile today and consider supporting your favourite charity today.