PayPal App Updated for Mobile Charity Donations
The latest update of the PayPal mobile app now allows users to make charitable donations through their mobile devices. The new “Support a cause” option on the home screen connects users with “tens of thousands of certified charities”, where they can choose the amount of money they want to donate and where they want the donation directed.
The donation is processed through the PayPal Giving Fund, a registered 501(c)(3) charity run by PayPal. 100% of the money goes to the charity of the person’s choice, and PayPal sends a tax receipt to the donor for each contribution. Rather than having to go directly to a cause’s website or send money through the mail, donors can conduct the entire transaction through this 6.4 PayPal update.
The updated version of the app is already available for Android devices, and will be available for iOS sometime this week. Users who have their apps set to automatically update may see a change in their home screen the next time they log in, or they can choose to manually update the app on their phones.
PayPal already holds the Guinness World Record for “Most money raised online for charity in 24 hours” after raising $45.8 million on December 1, 2015. The previous record was only $19 million.