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Apple Drops App Developer Fees For Nonprofits

By Ernie Smith | 1/4/18

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The Apple Developer Program, required for app-makers that want to appear in the App Store, will now be free for nonprofits as long as they meet certain requirements. Also: Find out why your members may not trust you.

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Yesterday, Apple announced a little good news for nonprofits that develop apps.

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The tech giant is allowing nonprofit groups, accredited educational institutions, and U.S. government entities that distribute free apps via the App Store the ability to apply for an Apple Developer Program membership fee waiver.

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Currently, membership in the Apple Developer Program is $99 per year and provides App Store distribution along with “access to beta software, advanced app capabilities, extensive beta testing tools, and app analytics,” says the Apple site.

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The move to encourage nonprofits to sign on as app developers comes at a time when they might specifically need to.

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Last year, Apple introduced a controversial policy stating that apps produced from a commercialized template or app developer service will be rejected from the App Store. This rule affected organizations that use event apps created by third-party vendors.

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After considerable backlash, Apple loosened up the rule at the end of 2017. Apps created by vendors will now be accepted, but they have to be submitted to the App Store “directly by the provider of the app’s content.”

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Now, nonprofits might be able to submit those event apps for free.

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