In the spirit of the holiday season, Venmo is updating its mobile app to make it easier to donate to local charities.
When you first tap on the search bar in the Venmo app, you’ll see a new selection titled “Make a Donation.” There, you’ll come across a wide variety of trendy local charities. Specific categories are also present, including but not limited to animals, environment, homeless, and veterans. You can choose to pay with your in-app balance, link bank account, or any credit card you have on file. According to the announcement (opens in a new tab).
You have to pay a small transaction fee (opens in a new tab) of 1.9 percent plus an additional $0.10, but no setup. You can start donating right away.
All of the charities in the new Venmo section have been approved by parent company Paypal, but we still recommend doing some homework and making sure you’re donating to a good place. Some charities, like the Salvation Army, sport a blue check mark. This means that the charity provided all the necessary documentation to Paypal, proving that it is legitimate. From what we could see, most of the charities have yet to be verified.
The update is currently available for download on both iOS (opens in a new tab) Y Android (opens in a new tab). And in the coming weeks, Venmo will add a feature to share donations made with your friends as a way to encourage them to do the same.
In addition to the new charity section, Venmo is redesigning its peer-to-peer checkout with some quality-of-life changes that make sending (or better yet, receiving) money easier to do.
Now, you’ll see the profile photo of the person you’re sending money to instead of just the name, and the dollar amount will have a larger font for easier viewing. Sending and requesting money will be easier with a new More button next to the recipient’s profile picture. By tapping the button, you can add more people for one big transaction instead of doing it one by one.
However, Send Money’s redesign will roll out today along with the charity section. other reports (opens in a new tab) Please note that this particular change may not reach all users at once. It will arrive in a later wave, at which point you’ll need to update the app a second time.
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