Square + Potential Donors = Easy Money

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!



Verizon + Apple + Fruit: So Excited I’m Jittery…

I’ll make this short and sweet.  Mainly because I’m so excited about this.

Today, January 11, 2011 at 11a.m., something epic is going to happen. Epic I tell you.

Verizon Wireless is hosting an exclusive press event from New York City.  What could the announcement be about? Well, I (along with the entire nation) am about 99% sure it’s the announcement we’ve all been waiting for. Finally, the iPhone will be coming to Verizon Wireless – the mobile carrier of all mobile carriers. The wireless company that actuallydoes cover 97% of all Americans (unlike AT&T’s claim in their newest advertisements).

Here are some speculative reports by some prominent tech/business magazines:

So, you tell me. Is it sad that I’m more excited about today’s press event than I’ve been about other things in quite some time? I think not…

On a side note, check out this hilarious video about Blackberry, Apple, Orange, and other geeky stuff…

Business Names. I Need One. ASAP!

As you all know, I need a business name! I posted about last week, and would really love your help.  Please vote for your favorite business name, or come up with one on your own!

If you come up with an innovative name that I choose, I’ll send you a $20 gift card to Starbucks. Not even kidding.

Via Living Philanthropic: Bing Makes Giving Even Easier

Hello, hello, hello! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish everyone a healthy, successful and happy 2011!!

This morning I was informed by Living Philanthropic that Bing – the fairly new and successful search engine created by the smart folks at Microsoft (yes, that billion-dollar company started by boy genius Bill Gates) – wants to donate a whopping $1,000,000 to schools! I have a feeling they’re very much into the spirit of giving this holiday season…

Bing has made it super-easy too. As they say on their fundraising site, “You Click. Bing Gives”.  How much easier could it be?  Here’s how you can get Bing to make a donation on your behalf:

This holiday season, Bing wants to donate $1 million to schools. Simply tell us to donate for you and we’ll add you to the thousands of people who’ve clicked their support. Click and we’ll donate for you today.

So far they’ve raised $262,488, and their end goal is to raise $1 million. If you didn’t catch that already. Yes, $1 million. As always, there’s a catch: you only have 9 more days to do this! With that in mind, I’d like to ask you all to get your rear in gear and head out to their fundraising page!

Oh, but there is a benefit to giving via Bing. They’ve teamed up with DonorsChoose.org to give anyone who makes Bing their homepage will receive a code to give a $5 donation to a classroom of your choosing via DonorsChoose.

So I have to ask…what are you all waiting for?! Get out there and click to give!!

Seeking: A New Biz Name

First, Happy Holidays! Hopefully you all had a wonderful Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday you and your family might celebrate.  I hope that 2011 is a healthy, happy and successful year for you and your friends/family.

What it was

Instead of providing you with some tidbit of information, I’m writing today to ask you all for a favor.  As you might have noticed by my updated “About” page, I’ve changed the focus of what was once known as Campaignerships. Originally, the idea behind Campaignerships was to connect nonprofits working on similar campaigns all while incentivizing these collaborative efforts.

After much soul-searching…actually, more like discussions…I’ve decided to change the focus of the business I’m in the process of starting.

What it is

Now, I am taking the business into the field of mobile apps. I won’t be going into too much detail, but essentially I want to help nonprofits build mobile applications that they can share with their supporters. Many nonprofits – both big and small – are lacking in the realm of technology, especially mobile technology. Whether it’s adapting their websites to allow access via mobile devices or creating mobile apps, most nonprofits aren’t up with the times.  I want to help change that.

Here’s where you come in

I’m currently trying to come up with a new name for the company and I’d love your help! I’d like the name to be fairly straight forward – when someone hears the name, they understand what we do – and here are some terms I’d love to include:

  • Mobile
  • Social Good
  • Cause(s)

Obviously I can’t include all of those terms, but if you can help me come up with a business name with at least one of those terms (or even half of the term, i.e. Mobil vs. Mobile), I’d be forever grateful! Leave your ideas in the comment section or feel free to e-mail me.

I’d love your help!

SwipeGood: Change for Charities

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.

Rec.fm: Review A Product. Do Something Good.

I was on my Twitter account yesterday looking at my new followers and came across an interesting account: Rec.fm. Their bio stated:

Rec.fm makes it easy to share or buy from quick product recommendations (recs)for the benefit of charity. Earn cool tees/win an iPad right now: http://rec.fm

Obviously, I was intrigued.  When I see a cool new app that benefits charity I immediately want to know more about it!

After moseying over to the website and learning a bit more, I have to say it’s a very interesting idea.  The concept of combining product recommendations with charitable donations is certainly out of the ordinary, but I think it has a lot of potential to catch on.

Although the concept might seem different from anything else you’ve seen, the team at Rec.fm have made it very simple to use.  Here’s the process: find the product you recommend (I chose my nifty Nikon D70 camera), explain why you love it using less than 127 characters (so it can be sent to your Twitter account), and then…(here comes the fun part)…share it! You can share the recommendation via Facebook or Twitter without even creating an account.  If you want to create an account, it’s as simple as clicking the Facebook or Twitter icons on the top right – they let you sign up through Facebook/Twitter Connect.

Right now they only have 17 charities that you can choose to donate to, but I’m sure that list will grow.  The only drawback I see within the donating process. In order for a donation to be made to the charity of your choice, one of your friends has to click on the recommendation you posted to your Twitter or Facebook account and actually purchase the product you reviewed.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t think many of my friends will be purchasing a lot of the products I buy/review on Rec.fm.  My first review was about my Nikon D70 camera which, for you non-photographers – is a little on the expensive side.

I’m interested to see how many people start using the site.  As I said, I think there’s a lot of potential, and hopefully they find success.

Will you start recommending products with Rec.fm, knowing that the proceeds can go to a charity of your choice?  Let me know in the comments section below!

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