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Cause Mobile Wallet Helps You Give To Charities

Cause Mobile Wallet Helps You Give To Charities

by Brad MerrillMarch 21, 2014

cause-mobile-walletCause Mobile Wallet is a morally-conscious payment processing platform that redirects money to a charity of the user’s choice with each transaction. The donation comes out of the merchant service fee, which companies are already paying. Their free mobile app allows consumers to purchase goods and services with their smartphones from participating merchants.

Cause’s mission is “to create sustainable funding for the charities and schools that need it most.” Ideally, rather than constantly asking for donations or running fundraiser after fundraiser, charities and schools will have something they’ve never had before: a sustainable income stream. “This will provide the opportunity to focus on what is most important such as, finding a cure, saving a life, educating our children, and making the world a better place.”

Behind Cause Mobile Wallet are founders Brad Barton and Brian Kelly, who happen to be neighbors. Barton is the former VP of Bartco Lighting. Kelly previously owned a construction company, prior to which he worked in software development and web design in San Francisco.

In 1984, Brian spent five months living in a remote village in the north of the Ivory Coast in Africa as his father, a surgeon, worked in a small hospital there. Brian was struck not only by the poverty of the people in the area but also how little money it actually took to provide healthcare and basic nutrition to those people.

Similarly, while Brad was studying abroad, he visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he met a group of doctors working for a charity called Smile Train. He was stunned to hear that it only costs $15 to positively change a child’s life forever.

Cause, a product of those experiences, is a way to give back without paying any additional money, but merely redirecting existing dollars.

The company has set up an office in Newport Beach, CA, which is known as the “hub of charitable giving” in Orange County. They’ve signed a strategic partnership with Merchant e-Solutions to provide merchant processing, and their app has been approved for the iOS App Store. An Android version of the app is in development and expected to launch soon.

Check out Cause Mobile Wallet here.

About The Author
Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.