Last Christmas the Salvation Army experimented with a way to accept credit card donations at its ubiquitous red collection kettles, and while the effort was surely not the last of its kind, it’s an innovation that will only take hold for formal charities. Homeless people, it is safe to say, aren’t likely to have bank accounts
, much less be able to accept credit card payments. For the charitable folks out there, it’s hard to see any alternative displacing the practice of giving a few dollar bills or a handful of change to the homeless guy in the train station. “I think cash will play a role in that type of charity because it’s accepted behavior, but that’s not necessarily true for all types of charity giving, ” Graves says, pointing out that charity groups have always been very good at providing donors with every imaginable option for people to give. “The charities will adapt to account for any loss of income they would get from people carrying less and less cash, ” he says. “You’ll probably see a rise in automatic debits where you buy something and establish that a percentage goes to a charity, for example, and you can already give on your cellphone by text message. Whatever happens, charities will react to it but they won’t be drivers of change.” Photo Credit: Ed Yourdon
The Rutles (also known as the Prefab Four) are a band that are known for their visual and aural pastiches and parodies of The Beatles. Originally created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes as a fictional band to be featured as part of various 1970s television programming, the group (remaining a parody of The Beatles) recorded, toured, and released two...
All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles
) is a 1978 television film that traces (in mockumentary style) the career of a fictitious British rock group called The Rutles. As TV Guide described it, the group's resemblance to The Beatles is "purely – and satirically – intentional."
The film was co-produced by the production companies of Eric...