Donate Your Desktop is an innovative application created in New Zealand, which enables Mac or PC users to donate their desktop background to raise money for charity.
When you think about it, your computer desktop is a wasted space that may at best display photos and at worst be a bland computer selected design. Since people look at their desktops frequently this idle space represents a potential advertising opportunity.
How it Works:
Companies pay Donate Your Desktop to advertise on people’s desktops. 75% of advertising revenues are then donated to charity. People can choose to download and install the Donate your Desktop application. The download process is simple, no credit card details are required and all a user has to do is select a charity. Current New Zealand charities include Oxfam, WWF, Breast Cancer Foundation and the Starship Foundation (which raises money for child healthcare).
The application does not disturb normal computer usage and it is risk-free and no access is permitted to any files on your computer. The application merely sits on the system tray and allows the current desktop background to be replaced everyday with a new advertising image.
Each day on computers using the Donate Your Desktop application, a different wallpaper will be displayed advertising that day’s sponsoring company. Advertised images have been designed to be attractive and visually appealing (see example advertising image to the left), to avoid user irritation.
Donate Your Desktop offers great potential to make a difference in the world as the company describes in their vision statement:
While Donate Your Desktop is currently only available in New Zealand, there are plans to launch in other countries across the world soon. If you would like to be notified once the application is available in your country please register your interest at this link.