This holiday season, use Android Pay and Google will donate to charity. From Tuesday, November 24 to the last day of this year, every time a user makes a purchase on Android Pay – their NFC payment system, Google will donate $1 to DonorsChoose.org.
As every year, Google.org, the charitable division of Google will donate a total of $1 million in grants and a total of $1 billion in products to causes that need support.
So far, Google donated $1 million to support the refugee and migrant crisis, to organizations that are providing front-line services. Besides that, the company helped raising about $11 million from the public, promoting different campaigns. Some of the organizations who benefited from their help until now are Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and International Rescue Committee.
In the past years, Google.org has supported campaigns to help fighting Ebola by donating $10 million for the cause. It has also helped increase the number of women and minorities in computer science education, investing more than $40 million in the past five years. The company also got involved in the fight against child abuse and human trafficking, giving more than $21 million since 2010 to different institutions and organizations.
This year, for the holiday season, Google.org chose to donate $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, with the help of its users. Besides giving $1 dollar for each purchase, on Black Friday they will double the sum, so that every time a user makes a payment on that day using their NFC system, $2 will be donated.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity where teachers can post projects developed by their classroom and request donations – mostly in materials from school supplies to different tools. After the goal is completed, DonorsChoose ships the materials needed for the project to the teacher and the donors will be informed regarding how their money were spent.
Launched in September this year, Android Pay is a more secure service than Google Wallet, which allows you to pay with your mobile phone. If a credit card terminal has the NFC logo, you can simply place your phone – that needs to be unlocked for payment – on the terminal and the payment is done.
According to Google, until now, Android Pay is accepted by more than 1 million locations. It seems that more and more businesses and banks are showing support for mobile payments so the number of locations accepting Android Pay is expected to increase with time.
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