I've had this idea brewing for awhile now. Have you ever been in a store, put something in your cart that you really didn't need, and thought "I would rather send the $3.99 to buy a mosquito net for someone in a malaria-inflicted region, or medications for an HIV infected person", and put it back ont the shelf? But then you get home and you don't actually send off the $3.99 to the charity?
How cool would it be if there was an iphone application, let's call it "icharity", where you could send any amount of money at the touch of a button (or 2) to your charity of choice? Where you are driving through the drive through at Starbucks, and at the last minute decide "instead of this $3.85 mint mocha frapucchino, I can buy 22 meals for the hungry in Uganda through Children's Hope Chest". And you can do it RIGHT THEN.
I've been dreaming about it this. So I finally decided to google what it would take to get an application designed.
And that would be in the neighborhood of $30,000. =(
Do I think it's worth it? YES. Do I think it would encourage people to give up some of our luxurious spending in turn for thoughtful giving? YES. Do I have $30,000 to make this happen? No =(.
But maybe someone out there in the cybersphere will see this blogspot and also happen to be an iphone application designer =). And they can HAVE this idea free of charge =).
Oh and by the way, do I have an iphone? No. I did for about 4 months until it was stolen. Would I get one again just for this application? You betcha.