Amazon Is Donating 5 Percent of Purchases to Charity Today

Shop for a good cause.

If you have a long list of items sitting in your Amazon cart, today is a great day to finally checkout. As a way of celebrating being voted number one in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), Amazon is donating 5 percent of AmazonSmile eligible purchases today. For those who haven’t heard of Amazon’s do-good shopping feature, AmazonSmile is a featured section of the retail site where shoppers can choose to have a portion of the proceeds from their purchases (millions of items are eligible) go to a selected charity. 

10,000 customers were surveyed about the perceptions of quality and value for retailers nationwide for the index, and Amazon received the top customer satisfaction spot. Amazon customers can always donate a small portion of their purchases to charity by using smile.amazon.com, but to say thank you for the ACSI vote, they are donating ten times the standard donation rate (0.5 percent) until 11:59 p.m. (PT) tonight (March 16). Featured charities include charity: water, The Nature Conservancy, Doctors Without Borders, the American Red Cross, or the ASPCA, but you can choose one of one million plus charitable organization using the search tool.

Need some suggestions on what to buy on your feel-good shopping spree? Here are some of our editor’s favorite AmazonSmile-eligible finds.

1

MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker

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Not only does this travel mug keep your daily dose of caffeine warm, it also allows you to make a quality energy shot on the go. A must-have for espresso lovers.

To buy: $60; smile.amazon.com.


2

Brush Egg Cleaner

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This silicone scrub board gets your makeup brushes truly clean in an easy way: just add cleanser to the head of the brush swirl the bristles against this textured scrubber.

To buy: $3; smile.amazon.com.


3

Wine Glass Markers

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Write everyone’s names at the party directly on your wine glasses with these markers—not only does their metallic sheen look great, but all writing and drawings will come off in the wash.

To Buy: $10; smile.amazon.com.



4

Wireless Bluetooth Receiver

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Why spend money on a new Bluetooth speaker system when you can just upgrade your old one with this clever gadget? Just attach via RCA, 3.5mm jack input, or A/V, and you’ll be able to stream your tunes from your tablet or smartphone.

To buy: $23, smile.amazon.com.


5

Angora Cardi Nail Polish

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This muted dusty rose is the most popular nail polish color on Pinterest (it has more than 400,000 repins!), and for good reason—it looks great on any skin tone.

To buy: $9; smile.amazon.com.


6

LED Reading Light

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Want to upgrade from the standard clip-on reading light that shines a spotlight on only a portion of the page? Illuminate the whole page with this innovative LED book light—it sits on top of the page and illuminates from the side.
To buy: $22, smile.amazon.com.