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Apple's (Product) RED Holiday Campaign Raised $20 Million to Fight AIDS

For this year's World AIDS Day campaign, Apple ran several (Product) RED promotions, providing a (RED) section in the App Store and donating a portion of all retail and online sales from Friday, November 28 and Monday, December 1.

According to an email Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out to Apple employees (via Re/code), the campaign was a huge success, earning more than $20 million for the (Product) RED charity, which uses its funds to fight AIDS in Africa.

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"I'm thrilled to announce that our total donation for this quarter will be more than $20 million -- our biggest ever -- bringing the total amount Apple has raised for (PRODUCT) RED to over $100 million," Cook wrote. "The money we've raised is saving lives and bringing hope to people in need. It's a cause we can all be proud to support."
During the campaign, Apple partnered with 25 app developers to offer a variety of (RED) themed apps in the App Store, with purchase proceeds going towards the charity. Apple's annual Black Friday event was also (RED) themed, and customers who purchased an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or qualifying Apple accessory received a (RED) iTunes gift card.

According to Cook, Apple's $20 million quarterly donation to the charity is its biggest ever, but over the course of the company's long partnership with Product (RED), it has contributed more than $95 million. As of June, Apple had contributed $75 million to the charity, which is joined by this quarter's $20 million.

Throughout its partnership with (RED), Apple has released a number of (RED) devices including iPod nanos and shuffles, iPad Smart Covers, iPhone Bumpers, and iPhone cases. With every (RED) product bought, Apple continues to donate a portion of the purchase price to the Global Fund to fight AIDs.


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23 months ago

Again, another distraction from making better iPhones and iPads. Besides, doing good deeds then boasting about them is actually more self serving than anything else.

Here's an idea Apple. Donate to whatever cause you want but shut the hell up and concentrate on innovation and customer satisfaction which has been losing ground as of late.


About the dumbest post I've seen on here.
Rating: 11 Votes
23 months ago

Speaking as one of those always-complaining liberals, I'm all for it.

That said, Apple has about $100 billion in net assets. So let's say you're a median US family, with a net worth of around $100,000. So $20 million to Apple would be about $20 for you. The grand total of $100 million would be like $100 for you.

I'm not saying every little bit doesn't count, but rich people and corporations get credit for charity far out of proportion to what any individual would get for giving a similar percentage of their worth.


Absolutely, positively. Anonymous charity is the ONLY true charity. Otherwise, it's just a PR move and a tax write off. Plus, the percentages are also to comical. With all of the tax evasion and funny accounting Apple does, the amount they gave to SIDS is literally pocket change when scaled down to what the average persons income is.

So, this is just simply a "hey, look at us caring about people with AIDS" maneuver during the holidays.

Big effing deal. :rolleyes:
Rating: 8 Votes
23 months ago

This is pretty impressive. Despite some earlier posts complaining about it not being enough, this is huge bucks towards a good cause. These enormous world problems don't get soved without large corporate partnership. So many worthy causes, one at a time.

As evidenced by some of the posts in this thread already (and plenty of others elsewhere in other threads), there are people who will complain no matter what Apple does. If they gave a million dollars to everybody who owned an Apple product, there are people who would complain about what currency denominations it was given to them in, or the color of the check it was written on.

Kudos to Apple for donating to what they consider a worthy cause. It's more than a lot of other people and/or companies have done.
Rating: 7 Votes
23 months ago

Again, another distraction from making better iPhones and iPads....

...because I'm sure all their iPhone/iPad designers and iOS programmers closed up shop and had to work in the Public Relations department during the entire RED Holiday Campaign, right?

See, there's this thing called organizational structure. They have different departments which work on different things. No campaign or program they participate in has any effect whatsoever on the people designing and building products. This isn't a mom-and-pop shop where they have to quit stocking shelves to go help you at the cash register.
Rating: 6 Votes
23 months ago
Raising $20 million in one quarter out of $100 million over several years sounds great! Apple should continue to promote this worthy cause and help out even more.
Rating: 5 Votes
23 months ago
No good deed goes unpunished.
Rating: 5 Votes
23 months ago
Again, another distraction from making better iPhones and iPads. Besides, doing good deeds then boasting about them is actually more self serving than anything else.

Here's an idea Apple. Donate to whatever cause you want but shut the hell up and concentrate on innovation and customer satisfaction which has been losing ground as of late.
Rating: 5 Votes
23 months ago
That's like spare change to Apple. Oh well, thank you for fighting for something positive! Even if it's a little bit :)
Rating: 4 Votes
23 months ago

That is one of the reasons why I am Crazy for Apple!!



Funny, this is one of the reasons I hate apple. Even though I own lots of Apple stock, and lots of apple products including 2 ipads, have owned 8 iphones, 4 ipods, appletv, and will be getting a macbook pro soon. I will never, and I mean NEVER purchase a 'red' product knowingly.


I get that AIDS charities are the politically correct thing to donate to.

But I would much rather it be put towards cancer research. For the following reasons:

-Cancer impacts almost everyone in some way, shape, or form. Whether you yourself have it, get it, know someone who has it or will get it. Aids is very rare in the scheme of things. And mostly happens to people who are participating in a risky lifestyle. Sexual orientation totally out of the conversation. Either it is through unprotected sex, sharing needles, transmission to unborn babies is of course the one 100% exception to that rule.

-People of all ages and risk levels are affected. AIDS you know how to avoid. But many people make bad decisions and still get it. Cancer strikes even people who take all the precautions like sunscreen, avoiding contact with chemicals, etc....

-Making large strides towards a cure for cancer would possibly apply to all forms of cancer, of which there are many. Not just going towards research and primarily to drugs to treat those who have it but cant afford the pills. Regardless of how they got it and if they were reckless or took precautions.



And heck, cancer is even what killed Steve Jobs for goodness sake.
Rating: 4 Votes
23 months ago

As evidenced by some of the posts in this thread already (and plenty of others elsewhere in other threads), there are people who will complain no matter what Apple does. If they gave a million dollars to everybody who owned an Apple product, there are people who would complain about what currency denominations it was given to them in, or the color of the check it was written on.

Kudos to Apple for donating to what they consider a worthy cause. It's more than a lot of other people and/or companies have done.


Welcome to MacRumors, where complaining (especially Apple products and all things Apple) is seen to make one uber-cool! Sigh.
Rating: 3 Votes

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