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To: Amazon UK

Amazon - play fair with TheGivingMachine Charity

Amazon - play fair with TheGivingMachine Charity

Stop cutting our income by 80% and give us the rates you publicly state on your website for everyone so we can restore vital income to thousands of great causes.

Why is this important?

Amazon partner with thousands of other websites and businesses and pay sales commissions for the sales that generates for them. Their standard rates start around 5% and go up to 11%.
https://affiliate-program.amazon.co.uk/help/operating/schedule

When TheGivingMachine.co.uk first started working with Amazon, they paid us the standard rates but for some reason, they didn't like the fact that we gave away our income to schools, other charities and community groups all across the UK.

Amazon cut our % from 5% to 3% and then more recently to 1%.
This is an unfair business practice and we need your help to get that changed.

Please sign up and help Amazon understand that this is wrong and they should restore this vital income to thousands of great causes across the UK.

Why does this matter? Over £400,000 in charitable income has been lost so far and this affects thousands of smaller organisations, many too small to be charities, across the UK but serving some of the most vulnerable.

It is wrong that "for profit" businesses can make at least 5x as much income from Amazon than we can - all because we want to make the world a better place.

Thank you
Richard Morris
co-founder and CEO
TheGivingMachine

TheGivingMachine is a registered charity (1159320) and a company limited by guarantee (09017447 England)
Correspondence Address: 49a The Shearers, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 4AZ
Registered Address: 14a Grange Park, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23 2HX


Reasons for signing

  • It is completely unfair that profit making organisations are paid up to 11% in commission from Amazon and charities have been reduced to basically nothing - there is no sense to this at all - all companies should be treated the same and fairly! How on earth is it right that charities are receiving less when they actually need more! Heartbreaking for Communities everywhere!
  • Amazon must play fair. It’s unfair that their cutting funds to The Giving Machine
  • I've started and signed this campaign because changing Amazon's decision will make a huge and positive difference to thousands of great causes and it is just too important not to act!

Updates

2019-08-15 20:56:20 +0100

Thanks so much for all the words of encouragement. Here's the link to my interview on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours last week and for those that have hearing impairment, just ask me for the transcript: richard@thegivingmachine.co.uk
https://soundcloud.com/thegivingmachine/bbcradio4-you-yours-thegivingmachine-interview

2019-08-14 16:55:49 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-08-14 12:35:12 +0100

I just got a question on how to contact Amazon - I would suggest via pressoffice@amazon.co.uk to be honest.
Richard

2019-08-14 11:57:10 +0100

Thanks so much for joining in. I was reminded the other day £5 enables Karibuni to buy a mosquito net for a Kenyan street child that could save a life. That same £5 can support the most vulnerable in any of our communities via so many fantastic causes. Every £1 matters!
Thanks to N Giaretta who suggested that we use 38 Degrees - what a star!
Thanks also for all the messages of support and a few questions too :)

Why raise the issue now? We’re about positivity rather than negativity but seeing the very real impact that this unfair treatment has just needs to be highlighted and corrected.

How much is the CEO paid? This made me laugh - I am paid £250 a month because I've prioritised paying everyone else first. A previous business I co-founded enables me to do this but in the longer term, this will have to change as no-one else will ever really want to take over as CEO on that kind of income.

Thanks for being amazing

Richard, co-founder CEO TheGivingMachine

2019-08-13 22:00:24 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-08-13 16:43:34 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-08-13 15:00:51 +0100

10 signatures reached