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July 12, 2010

PocketPhilanthropist App Facilitates Mobile Donations

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor


Two students from Seattle who studied together in highs school have now partnered after 11 years. Together they developed PocketPhilanthropist, an iPhone (News - Alert) and iPod touch application. Their aim was to gather money for a different weekly charity.

 
Users can download this app from iTunes free of cost. By making use of it, users who wish to donate for charitable organizations can actually make it possible. Donation starts at $1 and is just a finger touch away. By making use of this application, PocketPhilanthropist distributes donations that are gathered to different charity every week.
 
In a release, Nathan Moyer, who is the co-founder of PocketPhilanthropist, Inc., said that 'After witnessing the power of mobile donations for the Haiti crisis last year, we've found that avenues for making donations should become increasingly simple and accessible. Moyer and Hong founded the organization after witnessing over $3 million raised in one day for the Haiti crisis via mobile text donations. Raising funds is a challenge for most charities, our vision is to simplify the process for them, and inspire people to take action today."
 
PocketPhilanthropist expects to gather an amount of $1 million in its first year. In the beginning, they are planning to feature charities such as 3MAlliance which is focused on saving the rain forest in Ecuador, and One Mission International which is intended to meet the needs of Ethiopia's orphaned children.
 
All through the months of July and Aug., PocketPhilanthropist expects to compete in the Pepsi Refresh competition. They expect to raise funds that can be used to support their non-profit work.
 
PocketPhilanthropist is a grassroots, non-profit organization mainly intended to raise charitable donations and awareness surrounding other non-profit organizations. This helps the poor people across the world to improve the quality of their lives and the environments they live in. PocketPhilanthropist's business model helps these organizations to attain latest, younger demographics with the help of technologies that are up-to-date. PocketPhilanthropist takes the burden from a single individual or organization and distributes it in the hands of millions of people and their mobile phones by merging technology with social enterprise.

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda


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