Amazon Kills AmazonSmile Charity Donation Program
Amazon also highlighted other ongoing charitable efforts at the company, including a $2 billion investment into the Housing Equity Fund; its Amazon Future Engineer program, which funds computer science curriculums for students in underserved communities; its efforts to work with food banks; its efforts to support disaster relief and its community giving initiative, which supports local nonprofits.
The soon-to-be-defunct program allowed Amazon shoppers to donate 0.5% of their eligible purchase cost to a charity of their choice. Since its inception in 2013, AmazonSmile has made more than $400 million in donations to U.S. charities and more than $449 million to charitable organizations globally, according to the retailer.
The move is the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures for the e-commerce retailer, which plans to dismiss more than 18,000 workers in layoffs that began last year, Retail Leader reported earlier in January.