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Pressure mounts on Apple to allow charity donations through iPhone apps

By Sophie Hudson, Third Sector Online, 15 December 2010

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Thousands sign online petition to persuade technology giant to change its approach

An online petition calling on the technology giant Apple to allow people to donate to charities through apps on their iPhone has attracted more than 6,700 signatures.

The petition was set up by Care2, a US-based website that aims to connect people and organisations for common good. "Apple claims that it doesn’t want to be held responsible for making sure donations reach their final destination, but there are solutions available," the petition says.

Apple’s guidelines state that donations must be collected via a website or in a text message.

A charitable donation function was available on the mobile app of the the payment processing website PayPal in August, but was removed two months later at Apple’s request. This was after $10,000 had been donated by iPhone users in the US and UK, according to Nick Aldridge, the chief executive of MissionFish, which helps charities fundraise through the auction website eBay.

Aldridge said Apple had not offered any explanation of why it would not allow charitable donations to be made through the iPhone system.

Various technology companies and sector bodies have put pressure on Apple to allow donations to be made directly through apps, which they say would make the process quicker and easier.

The petition has attracted more than 6,700 signatures from across the world, including many from the UK. It was originally set up with a goal of 5,000 signatures, but this was increased to 10,000 following the high level of support shown for the campaign.

To sign the petition, click here.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

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