Really good news today that JustGiving and Vodafone have extended their text donations facility to individuals who are raising funds for their chosen charities. This is a real leap forward, bringing text donating to people like you and me. The best thing of all is it’s a free service, so no longer does mobile phone company take a hefty cut of the donation.
To read a fuller report on this development, check out Third Sector magazine’s article: Third Sector
It’s sad to see that Apple, a company with such high standards and ideals, is still refusing to allow charities easy access to online donations via its iPhones, when every other mobile phone system does.
According to Third Sector magazine (14 Sept 2010), a company called GetGiving has developed an app that would enable donors to make donations simply via their iPhones. But, yet again, Apple refused permission for online donations to be made via an app (which I assume means it doesn’t go through their preferred financial system) and insitsted that apps must link potential donors to a website where they can then make donations. The latter probably means they want it all to go through their iTunes shop/site.
Come on Apple, this isn’t doing much good for your cred and is making your sweet Apple flavour (or flavor, for our friends over the pond) turn quite sour as a result. Surely it isn’t going to harm your empire that much to allow generous individuals who want to do a bit of good in the world by donating small sums of money to charity via your incrediable phone devices?