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Amazon Donates While You Shop

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to type in the link for AmazonSmile each time you shop. Now it’s easy to install AmazonSmile in your web browser so you don’t have to remember to use it every time you shop at Amazon. The extension will simply redirect you to AmazonSmile so every purchase you make allows Amazon to make a donation.

Install the AmazonSmile extension for Google Chrome

Install the AmazonSmile extension for Mozilla Firefox

Install the AmazonSmile extension for Apple Safari

If you shop from your iPhone or iPad, you will need to do the following once on each device:

  1. Open Safari and type smile.amazon.com in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open.

  2. Touch the share button (looks like a box with an arrow) to the left of the website address.

  3. Touch Add to Home Screen. Touch Add.

  4. Remove the old Amazon app from your iPhone and iPad so that you will always shop at Amazon through AmazonSmile.

  5. Hold your finger on the original Amazon app until it wiggles.

  6. Touch the black ‘X’ to delete the app from your iPhone/iPad.

  7. You will see an alert that your Amazon data will be deleted. This will not delete your Amazon account or any of your wish lists or order history. It’s simply the data the app saved on your device.

If you would rather use the link instead, every time you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% to Catalyst Academy. 

You Could Give Up a Luxury This Giving Tuesday and Give Back Instead!

Giving Tuesday is entering its seventh year, and has become a great way to kickoff the charitable season. People tend to get overwhelmed by the holidays and Black Friday, so the hashtag #GivingTuesday was created as a reminder to support the idea of “giving back” and philanthropy in general. The power of social media has been the driving force behind Giving Tuesday, and has connected nonprofit organizations to giving people all over the world.

Nonprofit organizations rely on the kindness of the community in order to operate and help others. For instance, in 2018, because of your generosity, Catalyst Academy has spoken to over 1,200 individuals in group presentations. And we’ve provided over 50 families with individual coaching. Some of the groups that we’ve supported include career center training, social service organizations, churches, library programs, park and recreation departments, as well as various companies and their employees.

A lot of people think that one must have a large savings account or a bonus in their paycheck in order to donate to a cause; it’s simply not true. If you want to make an impact on the world by giving a little extra to someone who needs it, you could give up a luxury for a day and donate instead! Luxuries are things that make us comfortable and happy, but are unnecessary for survival. Parting with a luxury for a day is easy and giving back could make you feel even happier than enjoying the luxury!

This year, Giving Tuesday is on November 27th, and Catalyst Academy is asking that you give up a luxury for a day by selecting an option from our menu. Your kindness and thoughtful decision to donate will make it possible for us to help an individual, family, or group in need. We teach people to steer clear of things like becoming financial fragile or how to bounce back from it, avoiding bankruptcy, eviction, or overcoming something like an expensive health emergency. We’ve helped many people because you, and we’d like to continue helping many more. We are proud of our testimonials from real people who have utilized our services, and we can’t thank you enough for making it possible.