Feeling generous but don’t want to fill out lengthy donation forms? Through Alexa Donations, you can easily donate to select charities. All you need is Amazon Pay and a simple voice command to make a little 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 cards on file that are not tied to the Amazon Pay platform. Unless you have Amazon account payment info, no transaction can be completed.
Additionally, Amazon takes a 2.2% transaction fee out of each donation along with a $0.30 authorization fee. This means $2.50 is assessed for every $100 donation 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
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 register separately.
From there, open the app or access any Alexa-enabled device and say: “Alexa, make a donation to [name of charity].”
Alexa will ask “How much do you want to donate?” If below $5, Alexa will ask you to choose a donation amount between $5 and $200.
Once you state the donation amount, Alexa will ask you to confirm the donation. If you say “Yes,” Alexa will proceed to donate using the default credit card on file with your Amazon Pay account. If you say “No”, Alexa will confirm she will not make your donation.
Which Charities Accept Donations Using Alexa?
For a list of all charities using Alexa, visit Alexa Donations.
As of this writing in August 2021, there are more than 380 eligible charities that accept voice donations. Some of the more popular ones include the American Heart Association, the Cancer Research Institute, and the American Red Cross. There are even more lesser-known charities available such as Fast Act (Friends Advancing Summit Schools Track and Cross Country Teams) and the Arizona Small Dog Rescue.
To search for charities, use the Search bar at the top of the Alexa Donations page.
How Do I View My Donations?
To view all of your charitable transactions, simply log in to pay.amazon.com using your Amazon login credentials and view all of your purchases under the “Orders” tab. Unfortunately, Amazon does not separate regular orders (e.g., household items) and donations, so you may have to do a little legwork to retrieve your donation history for tax purposes.
A Neat Way to Donate Using Alexa
Alexa’s Charity Donation feature is an excellent way for you to make donations quickly. With more than 300 charities supported, there is no shortage of good causes to vouch for. No longer is filling out forms on the charity’s own website a necessity. Simply own an Amazon Pay account, an Alexa-enabled device, and a quick wake word will put dollars towards your favorite cause.