How to Use AmazonSmile to Support CCAoA [2022]

July 13, 2022


This year, Amazon Prime Day is July 12-13. Before you take advantage of the sales, be sure to set Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) as your preferred charity in AmazonSmile.


What is AmazonSmile?

Amazon makes a donation to nonprofits like Child Care Aware® of America every time shoppers purchase from AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same as—same products, same prices, same service. AND you get to help our cause at no cost to you! When shoppers use the AmazonSmile link to shop from, Amazon then donates 0.5% of eligible products' prices to the organization of your choice.

Be sure to visit AmazonSmile and make a purchase on Amazon Prime Day, or any day, to support our work. When you donate to Child Care Aware® of America, your money goes toward advancing comprehensive and inclusive policies, practices, research and solutions for child care. Your contributions will help transform child care infrastructure by centering the system around the lived experiences and needs of children, families and their communities.

To learn more about how CCAoA works toward our vision that every family in the United States has access to a high-quality, affordable child care system, please read our 2021 Annual Report.

Child care providers and CCR&Rs can also participate in AmazonSmile. To accept donations, your organization must be in the United States or US territories, a 501(c)3 and be in good standing with the IRS. Learn more about how you can collect donations through AmazonSmile here.


What is Prime Day?

Each year, Amazon sets more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Amazon Prime members. You can think of Prime Day like Black Friday, but exclusive to Amazon. If you plan on taking advantage of any of the thousands of discounts this week (July 12-13, 2022), we hope you'll set CCAoA as your preferred organization in AmazonSmile before you checkout. Below are instructions on how to support us on Prime Day—and any other time you're purchasing from Amazon.


4 Steps to Start Supporting Child Care Aware® of America on AmazonSmile

  1. Select Child Care Aware® of America as your charity of choice. To do this, visit:
  2. Bookmark as your preferred link to shop on Amazon. Always check that the URL says rather than just
  3. Each time you shop at, Amazon automatically donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to CCAoA.
  4. Sit back and celebrate your generosity.

Looking for other ways to support our work through donations, partnerships or sponsorships? Please email me at And, as always, thank you for supporting Child Care Aware® of America!


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April Dodge-Ostendorf

Written by April Dodge-Ostendorf

April Dodge-Ostendorf, MSW, is the Chief of Staff at Child Care Aware® of America. She has 20 years of professional experience advancing social service systems for children and families at local, state and national levels. April’s current work includes building cross-organizational knowledge and capacity for effective partnership engagement, fund development, and strategic alignment.