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!