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How to donate to charities with Alexa


Feeling generous but don't want to fill out long donation forms? Through Alexa Donations, you can easily donate to select charities. All it takes is Amazon Pay and a simple voice command to make a small difference in the world.


What to know about Alexa donations


Alexa's Donate to Charity feature cannot process donations directly from credit card issuers or registered cards that are not linked to the Smile Amazon platform. Unless you have your Amazon account payment information, no transactions can be completed.



Additionally, Amazon charges a 2.2% transaction fee of each donation along with a $0.30 authorization fee. This means that $2.50 is valued for every $100 donated to the charity of your choice. Other donation processors, like Charity Navigator, charge lower transaction fees, ensuring that more of your donation goes to the intended recipient.


How to donate to your favorite charity using Alexa

To start donating to your favorite charity using Alexa, download the Amazon Alexa app from the Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android .


Once downloaded, visit pay.amazon.com to ensure you have a default credit card on file with Amazon Pay. All Amazon account holders are automatically enrolled in Amazon Pay without having to sign up separately.


From there, open the app or sign in to any Alexa-enabled device and say, "Alexa, donate to [name of charity]. "


Alexa will ask "How much do you want to donate?" If it's less than $5, Alexa will ask you to choose a donation amount between $5 and $200.


Once you've entered the donation amount, Alexa will ask you to confirm the donation. If you say "Yes", Alexa will donate using the default credit card on file with your Amazon Pay account. If you say "No", Alexa will confirm that you will not make your donation.


Which charities accept donations with Alexa?

For a list of all the charities that use Alexa, visit Alexa Giving.


As of this writing, as of August 2021, there are over 380 eligible charities accepting voice donations. Some of the most popular include the American Heart Association, the Cancer Research Institute, and the American Red Cross. Lesser-known charities like Fast Act (Friends Advancing Summit Schools Track and Cross Country Teams) and Arizona Small Dog Rescue are also available.


To find charities, use the search bar at the top of the Alexa Giving page.



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