When You Buy From Amazon, You Help Advance Natural Medicine
1/21/2015
Robert Olson, INM Development Director
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
by: Robert Olson, INM Development Director

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Institute for Natural Medicine
Starting this January, the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM) is eligible to receive donations from Amazon when their customers shop on a new version of the company's website – smile.amazon.com. Amazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to INM on behalf of customers who pick the Institute for Natural Medicine as their charity through their new website.

For every million dollars as a group we spend on Amazon, the INM would receive $5000....

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for individuals and businesses to support the Institute for Natural Medicine every time someone shops, at no cost to them. When shopping at smile.amazon.com, Amazon states the customer will find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to INM. Shoppers use their same account on Amazon.com and SmileAmazon.com. The individuals shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On the customer’s first visit to smile.amazon.com, they need to select the Institute for Natural Medicine to receive donations from eligible purchases before they begin shopping. Amazon will remember the customer’s selection, and then every eligible purchase they make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

There is no cap on the amount Amazon will donate and almost every physical product sold by the company is eligible, which means tens of millions of items. Digital goods are not included, but that may come in the future.

INM Board Chair Michelle Simon indicated INM would primarily use the proceeds to support state associations efforts to obtain licensure. She said if someone were to buy the oil painting, Dockside Liverpool at Night, by John Akinson Grimshaw for $495,000 and designated the INM as the charity, the INM would receive almost $2500.00. “For every million dollars as a group we spend on Amazon, the INM would receive $5000.” She said, “Shop SmileAmazon and spread the word.”

Donations are made by the Amazon Foundation and are not tax deductible by purchaser.
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