One easy way to make sure you beat all the shipping deadlines and avoid weird looks from the TSA by putting presents in your suitcase is to make a charitable donation. Kelly has a few suggestions for places to start.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and smartphone case maker UAG is supporting the cause with UAG Project PNK. The company is releasing limited edition Product PNK cases. 100% of profits from Product PNK cases will be donated to breast cancer charities to help raise awareness and aid in breakthrough research. Product PNK was designed to support a mission that saves lives and invests in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Meeting military standards (MIL STD 810G-516.6) for drop and shock, each iPhone case is as strong as the cause it represents. Each case is has an armor shell and impact-resistant soft core, air-soft corners for cushioning impact, feather-light composite construction, oversized tactile buttons and easy access to touchscreen and ports, scratch resistant skid pads and screen surround, and they are compatible with Apple Pay and wireless charging.
Aaptiv is an audio fitness app that gives you access to over 2,500 trainer-created workouts. Each workout is driven by music, and categories include running, elliptical, race training, rowing, strength training, stretching, yoga and more. On October 27, Aaptiv is partnering with Charity Miles for a virtual 5K race. Pick a training program in the app to get started. You can train by yourself or grab friends and family to form a team. You can log your training miles with the Charity Miles app to benefit a cause you want to support. Share your progress along the way with #Aaptiv5KYourWay. Complete the virtual race for a chance to win a home gym or one of ten runner-up prize bags. You can find the official rules here [PDF], and register solo or as a team here. App Store: Aaptiv – Free
Apple CEO Tim Cook has donated some 23,215 shares of Apple stock to an unnamed charity, according to an SEC filing uncovered by BusinessInsider. Shares of $AAPL closed at 215.04 on Tuesday, making the value of this donation worth some $4.99 million dollars today. Of course, that value will change over time, and the dividend for those shares will earn the charity $16,947 every quarter. That’s a gift of $67,788 per year that keeps on giving, and it could grow if Apple continues to increase that dividend. In other words, it’s a princely gift from a man who has already promised to give away all his wealth (after providing for the education of his young nephew).
Christian Selig, creator of popular Reddit client Apollo, took to Reddit yesterday. He’s asking for animal shelter donations to support his local shelter.
Our local animal shelter (SPCA, similar to ASPCA in the states but Canadian) is overflowing with kittens thanks to kitten season (warm weather means kittens breed a lot) and running low on food so I wanted to make a donation but figured the Apple/Reddit community is a great generous bunch so I wanted to use that to maybe raise some more money for the shelter, so 100% of Apollo’s proceeds today are going to the shelter to get them food and supplies!
Apollo is free to download, and there’s an in-app purchase for the Pro version. If you’re already a Pro member, you can make use of the Tip Jar in the app settings.
Apple has released an update today on its disaster relief efforts. Over US$13 million has been raised to help provide shelter, food, clean water, and other services for communities affected by hurricanes Irma and Harvey. And US$1 million has been raised for Puerto Rico. Apple employees volunteered with storm preparations and recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, and Mexico. In Texas, employees shared their homes with displaced families. In Mexico, employees handed out food to soldiers and others in need. And after the storms, Apple Stores were open to everyone in need of Wi-Fi, smartphone charging, and other volunteer efforts. Apple is also making it easy to donate through the App Store and iTunes Store. Donations by employees to certain charities are being matched by the company two to one.
Apple won’t share user information with the SPLC, and donations won’t qualify as a charitable donation.