Amazon Smile – When You Shop, Amazon Gives
Now you can support The Counseling Solutions Group, Inc. (CSG) without lifting a finger—or at least not more than one. AmazonSmile is the no-cost and straightforward way to donate to our parent organization, The Counseling Solutions Group, Inc. It now works on the Amazon Shopping app for iPhone and Android.
That means it’s easier than ever to support our work anytime, anywhere.
Through the AmazonSmile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice—at no cost to you. You’ll get the same prices, selection, and service found on Amazon.com, but now Amazon gives 0.5% of its cut to a good cause.
Why Use AmazonSmile
Sure, 50 cents on a $100 tablet might not seem like a considerable donation. And it’s not a substitute for the generous contributions you regularly make to the CSG through campaigns like End of Year Giving.
But as any frequent Amazon shopper knows, your purchases add up.
Previously, AmazonSmile required the user to shop using their browser—either on a desktop computer or through the mobile browser on a smartphone. That meant when you shopped in the official Amazon app, you weren’t contributing to your chosen charity—even if you had already activated AmazonSmile.
By adding AmazonSmile to its official app, Amazon is making the program available anytime, anywhere. So now, when you buy a blender from the back seat or a printer from the patio—The Counseling Solutions Group, Inc. still gets that 0.5%.
How to Activate AmazonSmile on Your iPhone or Android
Step 1: Join AmazonSmile
If you aren’t yet an AmazonSmile member, sign up at smile.amazon.com using a web browser (mobile or desktop). You’ll sign in with your Amazon credentials, and the site will walk you through the process. Amazon will ask you to choose your favorite charity, and this step is where you search for and select “Counseling Solutions Group.”
Step 2: Open the Amazon Shopping app on your phone
Step 3: Open Settings within the app
Open Settings by tapping the three horizontal lines (aka the “hamburger”) at the top left (or possibly at the bottom right) and tapping “Settings.”
Step 4: Tap AmazonSmile
Step 5: Tap the button for “Turn on AmazonSmile”
You’ll need to follow the three-step setup process. Note that Amazon requires you to turn on notifications to be able to use AmazonSmile on your phone.
Step 6: Make a note of your renewal date
Amazon asks that you renew your AmazonSmile donation every six months. This step is easy but required. When six months are up, you’ll have to choose your favorite charity again. If you don’t, purchases made until you do will not count.
Step 7: Confirm that AmazonSmile is active before your next purchase
Look for AmazonSmile at the top of the app as you browse. You’ll also see your chosen charity on the confirmation screen.