If a user really wants to donate money but has no money to donate, I would feel better if they went to either MyPoints
and visited a few sites a day for 5 points each, or MySurvey
to fill out legitimate consumer product surveys. They are both much more reputable sites than things like Gambit.
When they have enough points to get a "reward" they can convert them to cash and have it deposited into their paypal account. Then they can spend it anywhere they please, including donating it here, if that is what they choose to do.
I happen to use both MyPoints and MySurvey myself, and been paid quite a bit over the years in the form of cash and gift certificates. Yes, it does take awhile to build up enough points for a reward, but I am averaging at least an extra $50/year between the 2 of them that I wouldn't have had otherwise.
How about Bitcoin ?
I have no faith in Bitcoin and won't until some site like Amazon.com accepts it as a form of payment.
Besides, it costs money to generate Bitcoins. Running your PC 24/7 uses extra electricity that you have to pay real money for and overworking your computer shortens its lifespan, causing you to have to spend real money to replace it, sooner than you should. If you can afford the increase in your electric bill or afford to replace your computer more frequently, why not just set aside that amount and donate the real money instead? At least that can be spent in the real world.
Seems odd to me that the very first post someone makes on the day they join DC is to suggest we get involved with gambit's survey thing. Sorry if I sound suspicious...but I am. Especially since there's a few sites (clothing, games, etc.) just found via Google that do the 'survey thing' and are all prefixed with 'Xile.'
I am not as suspicious about it since it is a reasonable question that deserved an answer, in case others wondered why we don't do such things here. The original poster wouldn't likely have anything to gain if we did adopt such an approach, unless he works for Gambit, which would not be likely if he is running sites that give merchandise to people that fill out surveys and install crapware on Gambit.
Also +1 w/App. I looked at these things about a year ago for a client. Neither one of us were impressed or comfortable with how they worked. Conclusion: Very Bad Idea.
Which is another good reason to answer the OP's question, just in case there are developers considering using a service like that.