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A Guide to Amazon’s Donation Program for Non-Profits

Learn more about Amazon’s in-kind and monetary donation programs and how your nonprofit can start receiving donations from Amazon.

Amazon—well-known for its comprehensive offering of food, furniture, clothes, and home and personal care products through its multinational e-commerce site—but what donations can it offer your nonprofit organization?

We did the research for you, to help your nonprofit start receiving donations from Amazon. Learn more about Amazon’s donation program initiatives below.

Does Amazon donate products to nonprofits?

Amazon donates most of their surplus inventory to nonprofits through a program called Good360. Their surplus inventory consists of usable items that are overstocked, returned, cosmetically damaged, or near expiration.

To get donations from Amazon and other corporate donors through Good360, register your organization here. Registration is free, but be sure to keep in mind that the site charges a small administrative fee on donated products, which covers the shipping, handling and processing of the item. To register with Good360, note that your organization must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt recognized public charity, a school, VOAD Member, church, newly developed organization or under a 501(c)(3) group exemption.

Currently, Good360 only serves organizations that are based in the United States and Canada. Amazon donates products to organizations in Europe through In Kind Direct International. For more information on Good360, check out their FAQs.

What companies similar to Amazon also donate?

If you are looking for product and gift card donations, the following companies also donate. Select any of the links below to be directed to the company's donation program information.

See our blog posts on Walmart's donation program, Costco's donation program and Target's donation program for more donation information

Outside of department stores, the following regional grocery and supermarket chains also donate:

Does Amazon donate meals through Whole Foods?

To kick-off Hunger Action Month, on September 1, 2020, Whole Foods launched a program called Nourishing Our Neighborhoods. This program entailed Whole Foods purchasing 19 refrigerated vans which will provide the receiving organizations with 20,000 pounds of food per week.

For more information on Whole Foods’ Nourishing Our Neighborhoods program, and a list of receiving organizations check out this blog post.

Does Amazon provide any monetary donations?

Amazon donates monetary contributions through their program called AmazonSmile. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to charitable organizations selected by the customer at checkout, at no additional cost to the customer. In 2020, AmazonSmile donated over $60 million to registered nonprofits.

In order to register to receive donations through AmazonSmile, you must be an official representative of a charitable organization. All AmazonSmile donations are distributed using electronic transfer. Click here for more detailed information and FAQs on AmazonSmile.

Where can I find the aforementioned Amazon donation request information?

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