Amazon, our employees, and the nonprofit community together donated $9 million total to select nonprofits working to improve the lives of our most vulnerable community members in the Seattle and Arlington, VA, regions.

The 20 selected nonprofits were a huge contributor to the success of the campaign—many exceeding their goals to attract new donors and donations. Our partners at some of the nonprofits shared what the donation means for their efforts:

"To continue filling critical gaps in our community for families and young people in particular, all of us must work together. We applaud Amazon for matching their employees' investments in our mission to maximize impact for our neighbors experiencing homelessness," said Caroline Jones, president and CEO at Doorways. "Doorways is grateful to the many Amazonians who have stepped up in support of our cause through financial gifts and volunteering thus far, and we look forward to building on this partnership moving forward."

“Amazon’s support will contribute to our ability to build 750 affordable homes in the next three years in four amenity-rich neighborhoods," said Susan Boyd, CEO at Bellwether Housing. "These buildings will house people who cannot afford market rate rents—people who care for our children and elderly, families exiting homelessness, independent seniors, immigrants seeking opportunity, preschool teachers and social workers, and young people just starting out. Thank you Amazon for helping to cultivate a more vibrant and equitable community."

"Mil gracias to all the generous Amazon employees who showed that they care about housing and homelessness in our community, especially as it relates to our young children, youth and families. The matching campaign funds have provided a much needed extra boost to El Centro de la Raza (The Center for People of All Races) for our expansion into South King County where there is a dire lack of culturally integrative services and where 56% of the Latinx community in King County call home," said Estela Ortega, executive director at El Centro de la Raza. "We look forward to staying engaged with our Amazon employee familia and the important work we have ahead of us in 2020."

Many cities in the U.S., including our two headquarter regions of Seattle and Arlington, VA, continue to face challenges with housing affordability and homelessness. In order to help address these challenges, Amazon announced in June an $8 million total donation—$5 million to Plymouth Housing in Seattle and $3 million to the Arlington Community Foundation in Arlington—as well as a $5 million total match on employee donations made to 20 select nonprofits addressing housing and homelessness. Combined, this new $13 million commitment will help create more housing options for families, veterans, and people experiencing homelessness in our two headquarter regions and is in addition to the more than $130 million invested in our existing partnerships with Mary’s Place and FareStart in Seattle.

Housing and homelessness is a focus area for Amazon and we know it’s important to our employees, too. We chose 20 organizations to receive a match donation as a way to hone our impact and join with our employees in a new way. The organizations were chosen based on existing employee involvement and proven results. Amazon matched dollar-for-dollar any employee donation—there is no limit on the match amount for any one donation or any one organization—made to the select nonprofits, up to $5 million.

We invite you to join us in supporting front line organizations making a difference, or learn more about the impact this donation has on our communities.

Seattle area nonprofits are #1-10 Greater Washington D.C. area nonprofits are #11-20

Learn more about each of the nonprofits: