Association of State Wetland Managers - Protecting the Nation's Wetlands.

The Wetland Wanderer: Support Wetlands While You Shop

by Brenda Zollitsch

An Easy Way to Support the
Association of State Wetland Managers
while shopping with
AmazonSmilebrenda731141

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ASWM is known for engaging on the national scene with timely responses to emerging issues that protect wetlands – responding to unexpected shifts in national policy, reviewing proposed rules and legislation, meeting time-sensitive requests for technical assistance, and other needs.  However, this work can’t happen without general funding that supports efforts that fall outside our individual grant- and contract-funded projects. Donations, however, do provide this kind of unrestricted support to ASWM. We encourage our supporters to help make this critical, non-project specific work possible by making a donation to our organization.  Our staff is always available to discuss options for making donations with you or you can simply go onto our webpage (http://www.aswm.org/donate-to-aswm) and make a donation through our secure web-based donation link.

As part of our larger effort to secure this kind of funding support, we also want to make you aware of a new, supplemental opportunity to help ASWM:  The online shopping company Amazon.com will make a donation to ASWM when you shop on their site through a new service called AmazonSmile.

brenda731143In 2014, ASWM became a destination charity for Amazon Smile.  AmazonSmile is an incredibly simple, automatic way for those of you who use Amazon to donate to ASWM at no cost to you when you shop. You get the same prices, selection and online shopping experience as you do on Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

If you already shop regularly on Amazon.com, we hope you will sign-up and designate ASWM as your charity of choice.  We are always looking to find ways to help our supporters connect with ASWM and support our wetland work.  A portion of each purchase from Amazon goes to the shopper’s destination charity, in this case ASWM.

An Important Caveat: What Amazon Smile does (and doesn’t do) for ASWM

It is important to understand, however, that only 0.5% or .005 of each purchase is donated to ASWM.  This means that while there are benefits to ASWM’s participation, this effort complements, but does not replace ASWM’s ongoing efforts to receive donations, memberships, grants and contracts.

Think about it this way:  If you make a $500 purchase, $2.50 will be donated to ASWM.  If you buy something for $19.99, your donation will be 10 cents.  Consequently, lots of donations over time will make the greatest impact from this donation service.  At ASWM, we value every penny contributed to support our work.

Please note that donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation directly to ASWM, please go to: http://www.aswm.org/donate-to-aswm.

Three Easy Steps to Use AmazonSmile:

1) Log in to the Amazon Smile page before making your order for the donation to come to ASWM. Log in on the following page:  http://smile.amazon.com.

  • You can do this either through your computer or your mobile device.
  • You may want to bookmark this page, as logging into the normal Amazon.com webpage will not allow you to make donations.

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2) On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select ASWM as your charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.

They will have highlighted charities.  You can choose from almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.

In the box entitled Or Pick Your Own Charitable Organization type in “Association of State Wetland Managers.

Each time your return to AmazonSmile, your purchases will result in a donation to
brenda731145ASWM, unless you change your destination charity.  Every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to ASWM (THANK YOU!).

You can use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.   However, you have to log in through smile.amazon.com in order to make the donation.

3) Purchase products that are eligible for AmazonSmile donations.

brenda731146Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. Eligible products are marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

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And that’s it!  Once you begin shopping, Amazon will donate 0.5% of each purchase price from each eligible AmazonSmile purchase that you make to ASWM! 

Thank you for supporting ASWM and we’d love to hear from you about your experience with AmazonSmile.

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