iTunes Store Now Accepting Donations for Philippine Typhoon Relief

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 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
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2003
    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?
  3. macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2010
    Argyll, Scotland
  5. macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2005
    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.
  6. dannyyankou, Nov 12, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2013

    macrumors 601


    Mar 2, 2012
    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.
  7. macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
    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 instead.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    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.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Aug 28, 2013
    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.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
    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.
  11. macrumors 68030


    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!
  12. macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2006
    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
  13. macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2013
  14. macrumors 65816

    Sep 7, 2003
    Costa Mesa
    Yup. I'd rather give to an organization that will dispense most of the money.
  15. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I agree. The Red Cross looks good enough to get my money, even if the criticisms are true (and I can certainly believe them):

    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.

    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!
  16. macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2010
  17. macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
  18. macrumors 68020


    Sep 25, 2012
    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!


    Apple has been doing this type of call for donations via iTunes Store since Katrina, if I recall.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    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.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Aug 28, 2013
    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.
  21. fredaroony, Nov 13, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2013

    macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    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.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    Wish this was available in international stores. Easy frictionless ways of donating like this should be way more widespread.
  23. macrumors member

    May 12, 2009
  24. macrumors 68030


    Jun 18, 2010
    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.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Exactly x 1000, the poster you replied to is delusional.

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