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Old Nov 12, 2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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iTunes Store Now Accepting Donations for Philippine Typhoon Relief




Apple has launched a new page on its iTunes Store allowing users to easily donate money to the American Red Cross toward Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines. The donation page, which is accessible through the main Apple.com page and the desktop iTunes Store, permits donations at the $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 levels.

Apple will transfer 100% of each donation directly to the American Red Cross, allowing users to have their donations seamlessly billed to their existing iTunes Store accounts. With Apple currently holding over 500 million iTunes Store accounts with credit cards attached, the company has a very significant customer base that can take advantage of the donation program.

Apple has conducted several similar campaigns in the past, most recently in October 2012 following Superstorm Sandy, in March 2011 following the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and in January 2010 following the Haitian earthquakes.

Article Link: iTunes Store Now Accepting Donations for Philippine Typhoon Relief
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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Does anyone know how a charity gets on that page? The red cross is notorious for not spending its money on the specific disaster in question, husbanding the money for something else. Also, the donation is to the American Red Cross, even though the Philippines has its own Red Cross organization. Why?
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 01:02 PM   #3
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Cool. Just donated $10.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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Do not donate to the red cross. They hoard money.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 03:30 PM   #5
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Does anyone know how a charity gets on that page? The red cross is notorious for not spending its money on the specific disaster in question, husbanding the money for something else. Also, the donation is to the American Red Cross, even though the Philippines has its own Red Cross organization. Why?
Thanks for mentioning all this so I don't have to...I really wish people would take more care when selecting charities. There are many better charities out there than the red cross, whose CEO makes over a million bux each year.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 03:31 PM   #6
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Do not donate to the red cross. They hoard money.
So we shouldn't donate so they won't have ANY money to spend on ANY aid? Sounds like a smart idea.

I mean, if the way they do business means that they have billions of dollars ready for potential disasters, I'm all for that. As for them keeping 9% of the money, they need to get paid.

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Old Nov 12, 2013, 04:01 PM   #7
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Red Cross no

The Red Cross keeps most of the money it receives to pay it's own expenses, including exorbitant salaries for upper management. If you want to make a donation to help people in the Philipines the Red Cross is NOT the way to go. Try http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org instead.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 04:23 PM   #8
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You can use Charity Navigator to look the charity you're think about donating to.

For example, Save The Children gets 64/70. Doctors Without Borders gets 57. Red Cross gets 56

There are many others to research, but any amount will help those in need in some way. Even if The Red Cross takes a bigger chunk for administrative purposes, they still spend a huge absolute amount on real aid.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 04:32 PM   #9
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This is incredible generosity from Apple. And only Apple can do this. This is one of the reasons I'm proud to be an Apple consumer.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 04:38 PM   #10
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Apple did the same thing after the horrific earthquake and tsunami struck Japan two and a half years ago. It's a fantastic gesture. I will be making my donation later today.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 04:59 PM   #11
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Great to see Apple once again step up to the plate, and offer use of their massive payment system at no cost, for a very worthwhile cause.

Many people use iTunes cards, rather than credit cards, for their purchases, so Apple could potentially raise even more money, if they allowed iTunes store credit as donations. Either way, kudos to them!
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 05:16 PM   #12
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Thanks Apple just gave $10.00 and it was a joy and so easy. Thank-u for using your system for such a good cause
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 05:44 PM   #13
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Help Phillipines

http://igg.me/p/587992/x/2106138


Help in Indiegogo
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 05:48 PM   #14
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Does anyone know how a charity gets on that page? The red cross is notorious for not spending its money on the specific disaster in question, husbanding the money for something else. Also, the donation is to the American Red Cross, even though the Philippines has its own Red Cross organization. Why?
Yup. I'd rather give to an organization that will dispense most of the money.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 08:56 PM   #15
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So we shouldn't donate so they won't have ANY money to spend on ANY aid? Sounds like a smart idea.

I mean, if the way they do business means that they have billions of dollars ready for potential disasters, I'm all for that. As for them keeping 9% of the money, they need to get paid.
I agree. The Red Cross looks good enough to get my money, even if the criticisms are true (and I can certainly believe them):

http://www.charitynavigator.org/inde...7#.UoLomBaTLGI

I'd love to fast forward to a more perfect world and a more perfect Red Cross, but in the mean time, I'm ready to help the Red Cross help others.

Meanwhile, "hoarding" some fraction of my money for future disasters sounds necessary--I'm not sure how else this could be done. Some money given at this time goes to the next disaster, just as some money being spent ON this disaster came from previous times. How much is the right amount of reserve? I don't know, but I'm not looking to use it as an excuse not to help.


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The Red Cross keeps most of the money it receives to pay it's own expenses, including exorbitant salaries for upper management. If you want to make a donation to help people in the Philipines the Red Cross is NOT the way to go. Try http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org instead.
a) "Most" is simply very far from true. Charity Navigator has the numbers.

and b) Doctors Without Borders is also a great place to donate. I've given to them before and will again, so I'm with you there!
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 09:43 PM   #16
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Doesn't work in Australia. Massive fail.
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Old Nov 12, 2013, 11:43 PM   #17
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100%

Here's a charity that is giving 100% of donations to on the ground relief:
https://secure3.convio.net/vday/site...donation=form1
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Old Nov 13, 2013, 01:53 PM   #18
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I trust the American Red Cross. After all… everyone here has given blood, or knows someone close who has trusted to donate blood to the American Red Cross.

If you read the fine print on Apple's website link (from the ARC Typhoon Aid) before you choose donation amount…. the ARC describes how they will use your donation. True, there is a bit of vagueness there, but I trust that much of the money will actually be sent for aid to this particular disaster-stricken area.

Addendum: there is also the local chapter of Philippine Red Cross, but their website really does not make it easy for non-Filipinos to donate. No PayPal option, for example. Using USA credit card or cashier's check for an overseas donation? Forget it!

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Apple did the same thing after the horrific earthquake and tsunami struck Japan two and a half years ago. It's a fantastic gesture. I will be making my donation later today.
Apple has been doing this type of call for donations via iTunes Store since Katrina, if I recall.
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Old Nov 13, 2013, 02:09 PM   #19
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This is incredible generosity from Apple. And only Apple can do this. This is one of the reasons I'm proud to be an Apple consumer.
Um...what?? Only Apple can take donations from other people and pass them on??

I think they are doing a good thing by facilitating this but not to the extent your post makes it out to be.

Keep drinking your koolaid.
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Old Nov 13, 2013, 02:13 PM   #20
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Um...what?? Only Apple can take donations from other people and pass them on??

I think they are doing a good thing by facilitating this but not to the extent your post makes it out to be.

Keep drinking your koolaid.
Only Apple has half a billion iTunes account holders. No other company can do what Apple is doing for good causes with the same huge reach. That's what Apple have a history of doing. Leveraging their enormous power and wealth for tremendous good.
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Only Apple has half a billion iTunes account holders. No other company can do what Apple is doing for good causes with the same huge reach. That's what Apple have a history of doing. Leveraging their enormous power and wealth for tremendous good.
Um yeah and it's all good but I have not read anything where Apple is actually giving anything themselves.

You are over reaching on this..

Amazon are doing the same thing so your idea that only Apple can do this is nonsense.

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Wish this was available in international stores. Easy frictionless ways of donating like this should be way more widespread.
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Old Nov 13, 2013, 09:32 PM   #23
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[QUOTE=Solomani;18356348]I trust the American Red Cross. After all… everyone here has given blood, or knows someone close who has trusted to donate blood to the American Red Cross.

I was a first responder in New Orleans after Katrina and what I saw the Red Cross doing was appalling; distributing disgusting prepackaged food to locals while literally eating steak and salmon at their encampment while watching their big screen TVs, in tents! I won't give them a dime ever.
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Old Nov 22, 2013, 01:29 AM   #24
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This is incredible generosity from Apple. And only Apple can do this. This is one of the reasons I'm proud to be an Apple consumer.
Samsung donated $1M of their own money. IKEA and Coca-Cola donated more than double.

Apple solicits money from iTunes even with $100B in the bank and have more money than many countries. They use their billions to build a brand new Apple complex or manufacturing machines.

Apple was never known to be the most charitable. Steve Jobs donated $65M to a hospital while Bill Gates can DONATE BILLIONS to Africa.

Is Apple generous? Yes. If it is YOUR money.

Using their own money? Not really.
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Samsung donated $1M of their own money. IKEA and Coca-Cola donated more than double.

Apple solicits money from iTunes even with $100B in the bank and have more money than many countries. They use their billions to build a brand new Apple complex or manufacturing machines.

Apple was never known to be the most charitable. Steve Jobs donated $65M to a hospital while Bill Gates can DONATE BILLIONS to Africa.

Is Apple generous? Yes. If it is YOUR money.

Using their own money? Not really.
Exactly x 1000, the poster you replied to is delusional.
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