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Amazon Smile for Educational Foundation for Independence

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

We are thrilled to announce that the Educational Foundation for Independence (EFFI) is now affiliated with Amazon Smile. For those of you who are not familiar with EFFI, it is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising money to assist individuals with disabilities in accessing educational opportunities unique to their needs. EFFI’s mission is to is to provide scholarships in the form of tuition assistance for students to attend a number of K-12 private schools and college support programs for alternative learners, and early intervention services for young children with Autism. Their scholarship philosophy is to strengthen and sustain individuals within unique educational environments in order to expand upon their core abilities and to assist them in reaching their fullest potential. As such, they develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with individuals and educational institutions, and invest sufficient funds to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful and lasting results.

Educational Foundation For Independence

Educational Foundation for Independence

Amazon Smile is new to EFFI and to best answer any of your questions, a list of FAQs is listed below:

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

You can choose from almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

How can I learn more about AmazonSmile?

Please see complete AmazonSmile program details.

Please help EFFI through AmazonSmile raise funds for additional students to attend College Living Experience, Humanex and Behavioral Innovations. If you have additional questions or know of individuals who would like to make a direct contribution to EFFI, please contact us or visit EFFI’s website.

Newsletter Articles – July 2014

Stephanie Martin, President CLE

As the President of CLE, I began reflecting back to this time last year and recall the excitement of our new student class, the pride of seeing students move forward ready to take on the world without our supports, and the camaraderie of our teams continuing to strengthen across the organization. The results, just a short year later, exceeded my expectations and again, the bar was raised for what we can accomplish as an organization.

Stephanie driving at CLE Monterey

As her Student Advisor for the past few years, writing about Stephanie Pollano’s success brings tears to my eyes and makes my heart swell. Stephanie entered the CLE Monterey program in 2010 with the goal to live independently and obtain an education that would set her up for success in the job market. In the four years she has been here, she has become one of the hardest workers I know while making a tremendous impact on other students and staff. During her time at CLE she completed her Baking Certificate at Monterey Peninsula College and completed an internship at CLE Monterey’s culinary program, The El Cajon Project.

Alexa success at CLE Costa Mesa

My name is Alexa and I am studying Early Childhood Education. I love working with children and I have always been good with them. I recently completed 4 successful semesters at Orange Coast Community College and now, I am a few classes away from earning my certificate and my Associates Degree. With my certificate, I hope to become a Teacher’s Aide. Eventually, I would like to go back to school to become a teacher.

Chase's Graduation - CLE Fort Lauderdale

Chase came to CLE Davie in August 2012 ready to begin his college studies. From his first class through his last, he tackled every course diligently and persevered to keep his grades high. He took one day at a time and worked extremely hard to meet his obligations on time. Because he learned to organize himself, Chase graduated on the Deans List with a GPA of 3.54!

Tom is Rockin' Out - CLE Washington D.C.

Ever since looking at colleges during his sophomore year in high school, Tom wanted to go to college away from home. Initially, he wanted to attend a school in Vermont, but Tom’s family suggested looking at College Living Experience to assist him in his academic and independent living skills development.

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