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App helps pay it forward


A MOBILE application aimed at rewarding good deeds using micro-donations as a way of saying thanks is removing the middleman.

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South Australian company Good Thnx has partnered with more than 20 charities to create an app people can use to unleash the power of gratitude through their smart phones.

Good Thnx operates as a software development firm giving students the opportunity to gain industry experience in Adelaide.

Co-Founder of Good Thnx Shannon Poulton said acknowledging someone for doing a good deed by giving a gift could create an awkward situation.

He said the free app allowed people to thank good-deed doers through a short message and donation to a chosen charity of as little as 10 cents.

“The recipient is notified and they choose an aid organization to receive the donation,” Poulton said.

“This simple idea of embracing the power of gratitude and appreciation will act as a positive behavioural loop, encouraging more acts of kindness, and more rewarding of good behaviours.”

About 7000 Good Thnx donations from around Australia have been made, totaling more than $20,000 since the app’s release last year.

The Good Thnx Foundation runs as a separate entity, and was created so donors through the app could avoid bank fees, which swallow up about 10 per cent of donations, preventing the full amount reaching the intended charity.

As the Adelaide-based foundation is a non-profit, all donations are tax deductible.

“We decided that what we needed was to create some way for the donations to be regulated and passed on to the different entities in full,” Poulton said.

“It’s a chance for ‘thank you’ to be more than just words.”

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