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Topic Mobile Giving

Mobile phones are on the verge of becoming powerful tools to collect data on many issues, ranging from global health to the environment.




see also:

Technology for Nonprofits




Mobile donating refers to donating to an organization through a mobile device. The primary means for mobile donating is through SMS. Mobile donating can also refer to consumers donating their old phones to a cause for recycling and reuse of the device.


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Mobile Giving - How to Make it Work for Your Nonprofit: Mobile Giving - A New Addition to Your Web 2.0 Arsenal

By Joanne Fritz, About.com: http://nonprofit.about.com/od/socialmedia/a/mobilegiving.htm


How Nonprofits Can Easily Accept Credit Card Payments on Mobile Phones at Fundraising Events and Over the Phone

2009 November 5 nonprofitorgs blog


The terms at mGive reveal that organizations will automatically sign users up for daily texts, and users must make sure to unsubscribe to avoid fees:

Terms: A one-time donation of $5 or $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. You will also receive up to 1 message per day from mGive Nonprofit Partner Alerts. Msg&Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the mGive Nonprofit Partner by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at mGive.com/a. To unsubscribe text STOPfor help text HELP to (90999, 20222, 40202,864233, 27722, 41010, 464329, 864833). to (90999, 20222, 40202,864233, 27722, 41010, 464329, 864833),




Mobile Activism or Mobile Hype? Gender and Media Diversity Journal: Media, Activism, and Change

byFiroze Manji, Fahamu, April 1, 2008: http://www.comminit.com/en/node/270107


Red Cross Raises $800,000+ for Haiti Through Text Message Campaign

January 13, 2010 by Jennifer Van Grove for Mashable.com



Mobile Phones and Social Activism: Why cell phones may be the most important technical innovation of the decade, By: Ethan Zuckerman June 20, 2007: (This overview on the use of mobile phones in international activism originally appeared on Ethan Zuckerman's blog My Heart's in Acra, and was later republished on Mobileactive.org.) http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/hardware/page7216.cfm


iPhone App Helps Refugees Fight Poverty

Written by Dana Oshiro / October 13, 2009 for www.Readwriteweb.com

"If early stage companies are supposed to change the world, then Crowdflower and Samasource are model organizations. This morning the two are launching the Give Work iPhone application, a tool that empowers users to increase training and jobs for Kenyan refugees"



Organizations using mGive SMS donations platform



MobileActive.org is a community of people and organizations using mobile phones for social impact. We are committed to increasing the effectiveness of NGOs around the world who recognize that the 3.5 billion mobile phones provide unprecedented opportunities for organizing, communications, and service and information delivery.