Credit cards aren't just for store anymore. With fewer shoppers carrying cash these days, some non-profits have started embracing mobile-payment technology to raise funds.
This holiday season, bell ringers for the Salvation Army, which brings in almost $2 billion in revenue annually, began taking digital donations using Square, the New York Times reports. Ringers, equipped with Android smartphones donated by Sprint Nextel, will begin accepting Square in Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. The organization hopes Square will be more successful than its old credit-card terminal, which was last used nationally in 2009, after bringing in only $60,000. Cash donations, in contrast, totaled $148 million in 2010.