(PRWEB) April 29, 2013
A few months ago, Claudette Koch was battling breast cancer. The doctor bills were piling up and she didn’t have health insurance. Her cousin set up a Tipping Bucket in her behalf on TippingCircle - a social wallet app that allows people to exchange money with friends. Within a few weeks, friends and family from all over donated money to help Koch battle her breast cancer.
“I was feeling alone prior to the Tipping Bucket,” Koch said. “A life-threatening illness is very taxing and takes a toll on your emotions. Whenever I received money from the Tipping Bucket, even the smallest tips, I was lifted by this and felt support and love from the donor.”
Once the Tipping Bucket was set up, her friends and family “passed the bucket” to others through email and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Some of the donors were people she didn’t really know.
“I had to ask who they were,” Koch said. “The kindness was unbelievable.”
It’s easy to set up a Tipping Bucket for a loved one on TippingCircle. A TippingCircle member can set up public or private Tipping Buckets. A private bucket works best when the beneficiary is a personal friend or relative. The private Tipping Buckets are for things such as siblings contributing together for a Mother’s Day gift, friends and family supporting someone battling cancer or other illness, or colleagues putting their money together for a wedding present.
A public bucket has added exposure since it is searchable for anyone who peruses TippingCircle. A public Tipping Bucket augments small community fundraisers to rapidly increase funds raised for the local youth sport league, the high school cheer team, a PTA fundraiser, or the Junior Prom committee.
“When I started up TippingCircle, I wanted to create something that could tap into the online connections we all have so we can all help each our friends in their times of need,” said James Davis, creator of TippingCircle.
TippingCircle offers more than tipping buckets for fundraising or collecting group payments. With fewer people carrying cash, TippingCircle is the social wallet of choice for many people. Friends can easily send personal payments from $1 to $1,000 to each other--with no fees attached. TippingCircle now has a mobile app so a tip can be sent at any time.