Bucking the trend of technology that allows people to tell everyone that they’ve checked into their local restaurant, cafe or bar, Reboot has developed a smartphone app that helps users “check out” of the internet altogether. The app ironically will use technology to shut down technology. Think of it as rehab for the smartphone. By using technology, the Sabbath Manifesto app is intended to spur a massive movement away from technology on the … [Read more...] about Rehab for the Smartphone
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The value and number of direct debit donations to U.K. charities rose through-out 2009. The volume of direct debit donations increased by 2.7 per cent in the ten months between January 2009 and November, while the value of the donations rose similarly marginally - increasing from an average monthly gift of £7.46 to £7.60. … [Read more...] about U.K. Direct Debit Donations Increase
Less than two weeks ago a devastating earthquake hit Haiti and the world has responded generously. Text messages and giving, along with the role of social media in fundraising, has taken a huge leap forward in the public eye. Despite some of the results, this is not the golden medina of fundraising for the near term. Just one part of a complex puzzle. Paying attention to the characteristics of your donors and stakeholders, and understanding … [Read more...] about Mobile Giving: A Golden Medina?
from The Chronicle of Philanthropy (Prospecting): Cellphone Giving Not Without Its Potential Drawbacks, Says Advocate The unprecedented success of text-message giving after last week’s earthquake in Haiti is not without potential drawbacks, according to a leading proponent of cellphone fund raising. “The upside is that it lets people respond very quickly,” says Katrin Verclas, co-founder of MobileActive.org. “That’s great because it … [Read more...] about The Downside to Mobile Giving
from Business Week: Haiti Earthquake Provokes Wave of Text Donations It's unclear yet whether the text campaigns will succeed in raising more money overall for Haitian relief efforts by convincing the younger generation to give, or whether the phenomenon represents a shift in the way people give, rather than an expansion of generosity. Another open question is whether individuals who have access to corporate matching contributions - thus … [Read more...] about Pros and Cons of Donating via Text Messaging