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Charity Donations Banned on Apple iPhone Apps

By Mimi Li
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 9, 2010 Last Updated: December 9, 2010
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A display of Apple iPhone products on display in the new Apple Store In Covent Garden on August 5, 2010 in London, England. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

A display of Apple iPhone products on display in the new Apple Store In Covent Garden on August 5, 2010 in London, England. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Charity donations have been banned by Apple on its iPhone applications, drawing the ire of nonprofit organizations that rely on monetary gifts, according to a recent New York Times report.

According to the newspaper, users of iPhone apps created by charities or organizations aren’t allowed to donate money directly through the application, but instead are directed to the organization’s website.

“When you’re popped out of an app, you then have to go through a whole bunch of clicks to make a donation,” Beth Kanter, CEO of consulting firm for nonprofits Zoetica, told the Times. “It’s cumbersome and it doesn’t have to be.”

Kanter, who also co-authored “The Networked Nonprofit,” has started a campaign to get the attention of Apple to convince them to change their policies.

On online petition website ThePetitionSite.com, Kanter appealed to Apple CEO Steve Jobs to allow for nonprofit and charity donations through iPhone apps. As of Thursday evening, the petition had garnered more than 2,000 signatures.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple has yet to disclose its specific reasons for this ban.

Instead, Apple spokesperson Trudy Miller simply told the Times: “We are proud to have many applications on our App Store which accept charitable donations via their Web sites.”

Donations as a whole have remained steady during the holiday season, according to the Red Cross, despite high unemployment nationwide.

Six in ten respondents said that they would donate to a charity, according to a survey from the organization.

Another survey commissioned by Convio found that 74 percent of US residents would give to charity.




   

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