The Salvation Army will use the Square device to accept digital donations.
As the festive season approaches, you can often find Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells for donations outside department stores in the U.S. Now, the not-for-profit organization is shifting into digital donations as less people are carrying spare change and bills. Utilizing Square mobile payments, volunteers are able to swipe credit cards and accept donations on their smartphones.
Maj. George Hood, a Salvation Army spokesperson commented that the organization is “basically trying to make sure we’re keeping up with our donors and embrace the new technologies they’re embracing.”
The Salvation Army plans use Square in 10 locations each in San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and New York. Bell ringers will also be equipped with Android smartphones donated by Sprint Nextel.
The Square device is a postage-stamp-size credit carder and works together with a downloadable app. Already, 800,000 merchants are accepting $2 billion in payments annually using Square devices.