This is an issue that’s been brewing for a long time in the world non-profit tech and seems to be coming to a head. Essentially Apple is unwilling to allow in-app donations to non-profits because they believe they’d be liable for any fraud that eventually happens.
However, two questions remain about that stance:
- Why are non-profit donations any more susceptible to fraud than standard in-app purchases, which have been acceptable since iOS 3.0?
- Why can’t Apple allow in-app donations from long-standing members of its developer community like PayPal?
Apple has always opted for the black-and-white all-or-nothing strategy when it comes to the app store and this is simply another manifestation of that. However, there really is no solid answer for the first question.
Gizmodo has a good overview of this issue and Amy Sample Ward has details on a petition drive to get Apple to change their policies.