|An interesting trend is emerging in fundraising that could be the key to reaching new demographics willing to support your nonprofit’s cause: text message fundraising.Currently, there are 2 billion mobile subscribers worldwide and it’s estimated that some 3.5 billion text messages are sent and received each day. Text messaging has become not only an accepted form of communication, but many nonprofits like the Canadian Red Cross, CARE Canada and others are finding it to be an accepted form of garnering charitable donations. The process works like this:|
As of February 2, 2010, the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada raised $500,000 in text donations alone to aid recovery following a devastating earthquake in Haiti by asking people to text various keywords to several short codes in order to donate $5 or $10 to organizations supporting Haiti relief efforts, like the Canadian Red Cross. A simple gesture made remarkable through the power of many. While your nonprofit likely hasn’t experienced this texting generosity, you may still find great success in pursuing text message fundraising in your overall fundraising strategy.
As more and more people integrate mobile phones into the fabric of their daily lives, the more opportunity there is to potentially expand your donor base. The growth in mobile use and increase in awareness of text message giving is great reason for your nonprofit to explore mobile fundraising efforts today.
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“How To Develop A Mobile Marketing Strategy – A Point of View | Marketing Strategies To Grow Your Business | Fast Company.” FastCompany.com – Where ideas and people meet | Fast Company. Web. 14 Jan. 2010.
“Mobile Giving for Haiti Earthquake Relief Raises $500,000 in Canada.” The Mobile Giving Foundation. Web. 2 Feb. 2010.
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