Did you know that Apple won't allow you to make a donation to your favorite nonprofit using an iPhone?
That may not sound like a big deal, but for owners, the phone has become an important tool for how they live, including how they connect to causes they care about.
And the same is true for nonprofits--they depend on making it easy for their supporters to give. Otherwise their ability to do good in the world is jeopardized.
Apple claims that they don't want to be held responsible for making sure donations reach their final destination, but there are solutions available.
Tell Apple to be a good corporate citizen and let their customers give on the iPhone.
Dear Steve Jobs,
Apple is a leader when it comes to producing life-changing innovations, but at the moment, the company is also making it harder to do good in the world.
Specifically, iPhone policy discourages people from donating to nonprofit organizations.
Nonprofits play a critical role in society, and they need to be able to connect to their supporters using the tools those supporters find most comfortable. At the same time, people want easy ways in which they can help the organizations they believe in. In difficult times, this support is even more important.
By restricting donations from the iPhone so severely, you are suppressing philanthropy on the iPhone: creating a barrier between your customers and the nonprofits they care about, hurting the ability of both to create positive change, and stifling philanthropic innovation.
We understand that Apple does not "want to be held responsible for ensuring that the charitable funds make it to the final destination," but there are technical and logistical solutions to this dilemma. Other companies are using them, and their customers respond every day with their wallets.
We urge you to change your policy on donations: free us to give from our iPhones. By doing so, you empower your customer to change the world: through the good work done by nonprofits everywhere.
Keep up the great work. Look what you've accomplished!
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