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Snooze For Charity With This New iPhone App

Alarm clock app charges $0.25 per snooze

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Snooze For Charity With This New iPhone App
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Call this the digital swear jar.

The people over at the LetGive organization want to use technology to help people dontate to charity. One of their stated goals is to “empower users of mobile applications to do good simply by using their mobile applications.”

Their first crack at an app to achieve this goal is called “Snooze.”

The free app for iOS functions as a basic alarm clock, but with a twist. The app allows you to set it up so that every time you hit the snooze button, you pledge 25 cents to a non-profit organization.

The app keeps track of every time you hit the snooze button and twice a month users will have the opportunity to donate the total amount to one of the non-profits in the LetGive network. This network currently consists of about 11 organizations, including the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, The Nature Conservancy, Music for Tomorrow and City Harvest.

This week, I could have already given about 5 dollars.

A couple of weeks ago they announced a “Hack For Good” contest on their blog. It will take place during September:

LetGive has created an API that allows anyone to include a charitable giving component within their application. Applications built on our platform are transformed into powerful fundraising vehicles for Nonprofits and Charities.

The first application built on the platform is an alarm clock that resides on your iPhone. When you hit the Snooze button, a donation is triggered to the charity of your choice.

Any type of application (game, newsreader, calendar, alarm clock, mail reader, map/location based, Twitter/Facebook client) can be turned into a giving application.

Of course, this app isn’t going to rack in gigantic sums of money for the non-profits. But every little bit counts, and apps like this can make donating to charity a more everyday, passive experience – you don’t even have to think about donating, you just do it. In the future, the expansion of this concept could lead to more apps that could rake in even larger charitable donations.

What do you think of the idea? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Tim Devonshire

    Brilliant work, this may actually end up racking up huge amounts for the network. Well done for what will certainly be an award winning and recognised achievement.
    On dominos pizza websites, when you purchase it gives you the option to round up your bill to the nearest £, hence giving hundreds of penny collections to their charity of choice, these ideas are super.

  • alex dan

    I just paid $23.57 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from : http://BidsBit.com