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Mobile donations are integrating technology with charity by tapping into the convenience, popularity and ease of cell phone text messaging. Donations are made by texting short codes associated with the charitable organization of your choice. [MORE...]
The earthquake disaster in Haiti highlighted the power of a growing trend in cell phones - mobile donations.
By texting a short code to a specific number, a pre-determined amount of money is donated to the charity of your choice.
For example, texting the word "HAITI" to 90999 donates $10 to the American Red Cross relief fund for Haiti. The amount of your donation shows up on your cell phone bill. Most mobile carriers waive any text messaging charges for mobile donations.
Within days of the Haiti earthquake, mobile donations to the American Red Cross topped $10 million.
PocketPhilanthropist is an iPhone and iPod touch application designed to raise funds for a different charity each week. Downloadable from iTunes, the free mobile phone app lets users make charitable donations, starting at $1.
"After witnessing the power of mobile donations for the Haiti crisis last year, we've found that avenues for making donations should become increasingly simple and accessible," said Nathan Moyer, co-founder of PocketPhilanthropist.
"Raising funds is a challenge for most charities. Our vision is to simplify the process for them, and inspire people to take action today."