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Amazon.com Customers Can Now Donate to Major Non-Profit Organizations Using Their Amazon Accounts
SEATTLE, Oct 21, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon Payments, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that leading nonprofit organizations are accepting Amazon Payments just in time for holiday giving, making it just as easy to donate to your favorite charity as it is to shop on Amazon. Organizations such as American Red Cross, UNICEF, Greenpeace, Nature Conservancy, Feeding America, Heifer International, Autism Society of America, International Federation for Animal Welfare, Children's Miracle Network and United Way of King County now allow Amazon customers to make donations quickly and securely using information from their Amazon.com account. Customers can visit www.amazon.com/holidaygiving from now through January 10, 2009 to learn more about "Holiday Giving with Amazon Payments."

"As the holiday season approaches, we're pleased to be able to provide Amazon customers a convenient way to support a range of nonprofit organizations," said Mark Stabingas, General Manager of Amazon Payments. "With Amazon Payments, nonprofit organizations now have a simple and cost efficient way to process online donations while leveraging the fraud detection and risk management controls that Amazon Payments provides as part of the service."

"With a significant percentage of consumers making purchases online, it is a priority for Children's Miracle Network to incorporate online giving into our fundraising efforts. Children's Miracle Network has raised $3.8 billion for children's hospitals over the past 26 years by making the donation process as simple and straight-forward as possible," said Brian Hazelgren, Chief Development Officer for Children's Miracle Network. "Working with Amazon Payments allows us to build upon our successful 'low-dollar, high-volume' fundraising efforts in a time- and cost-efficient campaign."

"The U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Amazon Payments are working together to make it easier for people to donate," said Esther Choi, Assistant Director of Interactive Marketing for the U.S Fund for UNICEF. "We are glad that Amazon customers are easily able to make online donations and help continue the mission of saving the lives of thousands of children around the world."

"When emergencies strike, whether it affects your neighbor next door or someone halfway around the world, people want to quickly put their need to give into action to help people in crisis. A simple and efficient way to help people through the Red Cross is by making an online donation. Amazon Payments empowers our donors with a convenient way to channel their compassion and make donations online quickly and easily," said Jeff Towers, Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross.

"Feeding America depends on the generosity of donors to help our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors," said Elizabeth Nielsen, Online Fundraising Manager. "It's important that we provide our donors with an easy and secure online experience. By enabling Amazon Payments, we are offering donors a simple and familiar way to make a contribution online."

Additionally, Convio, a software and services provider to the nonprofit community has integrated Amazon Payments into its software platform. "Convio works with a number of nonprofits who are looking for ways to cut costs and streamline fundraising efforts," said Fred Waugh, Vice President of Convio. "By leveraging Amazon Payments, we help our clients focus more on their fundraising efforts as opposed to the infrastructure required to accept donations."

Nonprofits can take advantage of Amazon Payments solutions to make it easy for millions of Amazon.com customers to donate via a trusted payment experience on their website. They can choose from a portfolio of easy-to-integrate, cost effective, and reliable Amazon Payments solutions to enable one-time and recurring donations or sell goods for fundraising. Nonprofits can sign up and start using Amazon Payments today at www.amazonpayments.com/nonprofits.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel; Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.ca, and www.amazon.cn.

As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

About Amazon Payments

Amazon Payments provides consumers, merchants, and developers the simple and trusted way to pay and get paid online. Amazon Payments enables consumers to send and receive payments for goods or services by using the payment methods already associated with their Amazon.com accounts. Merchants and developers can also take advantage of a portfolio of payment and checkout solutions, such as Checkout by Amazon, Amazon Simple Pay and Amazon Flexible Payments Services, to enable tens of millions of Amazon customers to complete purchases on their websites and applications. Go to http://www.amazonpayments.com for more details.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

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