Hello UUCS Family,
As Stewardship Council Chair, I wanted to reach out and alert you to an update that is being changed in the way we collect donations when you choose to shop at Amazon.com.
In past years we have encouraged our Members and Friends to use our Amazon Affiliate link posted at the top of the UUCS website. This link would register your purchases in association with our UUCS affiliate account, and Amazon would donate a portion of your total purchases back to UUCS. Due to some compliance concerns that we have been unable to get further clarification on from their corporate headquarters, Amazon has decided to withdraw our participation in this Affiliate Program.
We have contacted Amazon for clarification on this decision without much luck. Our Board President, Linda Leible has written a letter to Jeff Bezos asking for help in clarifying this decision, but as of yet, we have not received a response.
So, we have decided to move forward and return to our use of the Amazon Smiles program that will still allow you to shop at Amazon and have a portion of your total purchases donated back to UUCS. Although the donation percentage is a bit lower through the Amazon Smiles program compared to the Affiliate option, we feel using the Amazon Smiles program will still be a positive revenue stream that will help provide support to UUCS programs and services.
Thank you for your continued support of UUCS as you shop for items as you normally would through Amazon.com. If we hear of any updates on our status with the Amazon Affiliate program, we’ll let you know.
Moving forward, please continue to use the Amazon link at the top of the UUCS website when you shop at Amazon. Just note that you’ll be directed to the UUCS Amazon Smiles landing page, so your shopping experience may look a bit different.
In generosity and love,
UUCS Stewardship Council Chair