Amazon Smile FAQ


Thank you for your consideration of supporting Catholic Charities Madison via AmazonSmile!
Using the AmazonSmile program is easy and free.


What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Catholic Charities Madison every time you shop, at no cost to you. When shopping at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com. The only difference is that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price (0.5%) to us.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com on your computer or mobile device. During your first visit to AmazonSmile, you'll need to select a charitable organization before you begin shopping. There are multiple Catholic Charities organizations on AmazonSmile. Please be sure to choose the Catholic Charities located in Madison, WI. Our "official" business name is Catholic Charities Inc., but entering "Catholic Charities Madison" also works:

Catholic Charities Amazon Smile

Amazon will remember you chose our Catholic Charities agency so you won't have to do this process again. Add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and shop.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, wish list, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, Amazon may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Will the charity see what I purchase?

No. We see nothing about the transaction. AmazonSmile Foundation electronically submits donation amounts directly into our bank account.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

No. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.