Whole Foods has announced that both Amazon and Chase will donate a portion of purchases made with an Amazon Rewards Visa Card to Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit that fights global poverty through microloans.
The companies will donate an amount equal to 2 percent of in-store and online purchases that are made with an Amazon Rewards Visa Card — up to one million dollars — to the Foundation.
In addition, customers using the Amazon Rewards Visa Card at Whole Foods Market during this period will continue to earn 3 percent back on Whole Foods purchases, or 5 percent back for cardmembers with an eligible Prime membership.
“We are excited to jointly create, with our partners at Amazon and Whole Foods Market, a program that benefits Whole Planet Foundation and will ultimately have a positive impact on families living in poverty around the world,” Leslie Gillin, president of Chase Co-Brand Cards, said in a press release. “For using their credit card at Whole Foods, Amazon Reward Visa Cardmembers will continue to get their amazing benefits — such as 5% or 3% Back — as well as support women microentrepreneurs through this campaign. It is truly a win-win.”
Since its launch in 2006, Whole Foods Planet Foundation has handed out $75 million in 75 countries, including 17 cities where the Foundation collaborates with a network of microfinance firms to support entrepreneurs in some of the most marginalized communities around the world.
“We are thrilled to have Chase and Amazon donate when shoppers use their Amazon Rewards Visa Card,” said Philip Sansone, president and executive director for Whole Planet Foundation. “For a woman investing in her home-based bakery, neighborhood shop, small scale farm, or artisan goods she sells in a marketplace, a microcredit loan of $200 or less can give her the chance to create or expand her business, and help lift her out of poverty.”