As of Friday of last week, I will be taking part in an amazing trip called Revolution Road. With SXSW as our halfway point, we will be hitting major cities on the way down to Austin, TX and en-route back to Boston. In each city, we will help initiate social change movements, specific to what each city needs.
If you or someone you know live in one of the cities we’ll be visiting, please reach out to me! I’d love to chat about what’s needed in your city, and how we can help.
Here’s the map of our trip…
If you can’t read the cities on this minuscule map, we’ll be visiting:
Down to SXSW
New York : Launch Party!
Austin: For the entire SXSW conference
Back on the Road
Boston: Welcome Home Party!
Look at this! Just got my shiny “Exclusive Invitation” for the Verizon iPhone 4. Should I use it? Some people say not to. Actually, a lot of people say I shouldn’t and that it’s better to hold off. Read the (discouraging) articles here, here and here.
Are you going to buy the iPhone 4 now, or hold off until the iPhone 5 expected this summer?
Jack Dorsey – founder of Twitter – has recently launched a fun little application for the iPhone and iPad called Square. Jack also invested in Foursquare. I guess he’s really into geometry.
Square is an application for your iPhone that let’s you accept credit card payments from your friends. Here’s how they pitch it on their site:
Square is a revolutionary service that enables anyone to accept credit cards anywhere. Square offers an easy to use, free credit card reader that plugs into a phone or iPad. It’s simple to sign up. There is no extra equipment, complicated contracts, monthly fees or merchant account required.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how nonprofits can make the most out of this and thought of few scenarios:
- Development Directors: A Development Director is at a networking event with potential donors. He (or she) is working the crowd, and hits it off with someone who wants to make a considerable donation. Now, we all know that it’s best to get a check ASAP, but who carries a checkbook around? Not me. Development Director can now whip out his iPhone, insert the card swiper (or enter the credit card number), and voila. The donation has been made. This guarantees that the donation is made as soon as possible, and neither party will forget to follow up after the party.
- Big City Advocates: If you live in a big city, chances are you’ve seen people advocating for major causes like clean water, healthcare, poverty etc. They typically wear those weird smocks and have clipboards. Square can make their lives easier, so people can’t say they forgot a check at home. Now, charities can equip their street advocates with an iPhone and Square adapter. Easy!
- Conferences: Attending conferences can be easy! You signed up last minute for your organization’s conference and haven’t paid (or you’re doing on-site registration). Pay the fee easily with Square!
What do you all think of using Square for your nonprofit? Can you think of other ways to use this great tool? Leave some ideas in the comments section below!
No, it’s not Swipe.ly. It’s SwipeGood. SwipeGood is the next application in a list of up-and-coming apps that help those of us who spend a little bit too much money and, if you’re like me, you hate carrying change in your pockets (unless it’s quarters). Come on. Admit it. You get annoyed when you buy something for $5.36.
Swipe.ly helps you “turn purchases into conversations”. Essentially, it helps you recommend certain purchase experiences to your friends and discover new places/products from the help of those you know and trust. As you might imagine, SwipeGood is a bit different…
…SwipeGood allows you to donate the change from your transactions to charity. It’s quite a simple process. You can create an account via Facebook Connect, and all you have to do is enter your bank information (don’t worry, it’s a secure network), and start spending! SwipeGood rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and donates the change to the charity of your choice every month. To avoid too many credit card fees, they take the change every 30 days. As their site states, people are rounding up to about $20/month, and SwipeGood takes 5% of each monthly donation which, as they say, is well below the 15-20% that most charities are paying for direct marketing and other fundraising methods.
Similar to Rec.fm (which you might remember from last week’s post), you are still limited to donating the money to specific organizations. Charity:Water is currently the featured nonprofit on SwipeGood, but here are the others you can donate your spare change to:
Instead of spending your money without a cause in mind, sign up for SwipeGood before you finish up your holiday shopping. At least you can rest assured you’re giving back this season without much work!
Want to connect to the folks at SwipeGood? Find them on Facebook and Twitter.