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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hope For Haiti:
$ 3 Million Pledged as Technology Makes Donations Simple


Wireless customers have pledged $3 Million dollars in charitable donations using their cell phones!  In an inspiring story where technology meets benevolence, two organizations - the mGive Foundation and the Mobile Giving Foundation - have teamed up to raise money for aid organizations like the Red Cross and Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti foundation.  With some high profile promotion from the White House  and Twitter, wireless donations have become an increasingly popular way to support recovery efforts in Haiti.

The donation system works as follows:
In the Red Cross' case, phone users can text the word "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10," and when prompted, hit "YES" to confirm the donation.
The donation is added to the cell user's bill, and receipts are available.
To make a $5 donation to the Yele Haiti foundation, and send a phone text-message to 501501 to contribute.

T-Mobile is also supporting free text messages for donations to the Yele foundation, calling Jean one of the company's "myTouch (Android phone) partners ... again 100 percent of the donations are passed directly to the nonprofit," said Ginther. (get the full story at
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Showing your support in this small way can make a HUGE difference! Activism doesn't get much simpler than this.
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