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November 14, 2016

Added nonprofit payment exception

With this minor update to the App Store Review Guidelines Apple added a subsection saying that approved nonprofits may fundraise directly within their app using Apple Pay. There is also a link to a new page about how to become an approved nonprofit.

The change followed an official press release from Apple that details the new program allowing Apple Pay donations to nonprofits.

This change also included Apple renaming Mac OS X to its new name macOS in several places.

3.2 Other Business Model Issues
  • 3.2.1 Acceptable
    • (vi) Approved nonprofits may fundraise directly within their own apps using Apple Pay, provided those fundraising campaigns adhere to all App Review Guidelines. These apps must disclose how the funds will be used, abide by all required local and federal laws, and make appropriate tax receipts available to donors. Nonprofit platforms that connect donors to other nonprofits must ensure that every nonprofit listed in the app has also gone through the nonprofit approval process. Learn more about becoming an approved nonprofit.
  • 3.2.2 Unacceptable
    • (iv) CollectingUnless you are an approved nonprofit, collecting funds within the app for charities and fundraisers. Apps that seek to raise money for such causes must be free on the App Store and may only collect funds outside of the app, such as via Safari or SMS.