Kindness with your smartphone; how to give? Cell phone companies have become a big story in philosophy lately. Now that most Americans own smartphones, it’s easy to provide them with their favorite sides of these phones, and there are many ways to do it.
For example, since it’s easy to surf the web with a smartphone, you can donate directly to a charity’s website.
You can also donate while hanging out on your favorite social site.
Facebook now makes it easy to donate directly on the site or to go to a charity’s website when you see a fundraising poll.
You can even create a charity to help you raise money from your family and friends. Just click the Donate button when you see it on the FB homepage, in the mail, or when a charity is running a special peer-to-peer fundraiser.
Even Twitter has started experimenting with donation products where specific charities can accept donations through the Twitter app. Twitter makes it easy to donate frequently because your credit card information is stored and available the next time you want to click the Donate button. Charities send out a receipt that you can use for taxes.
Return by text is still an option.
Although text became popular when many of us only had “flip phones,” many charities still encourage donations in mobile versions, especially for national or international emergencies. Text works no matter what type of cell phone you have.
A significant breakthrough for the donation business came in 2010 when the Red Cross launched a major campaign to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake.
This event set new records for fundraising.
Although the adoption of smartphones in recent years, with the ease of giving through social media or just surfing a charity website, has obscured the text to provide, it is still popular with sure generations and in specific situations.
For example, Millennials and Gen Xer’s text contributions more than older generations.
It could be because text contributions are famous at significant events like football games or big concerts.
If you still need to give a text and want to experiment the next time a text to provide a campaign arrives, follow these simple instructions.
How do you subtitle a contribution?
First, find the letters (keyword) on the text and the number (short code) to send it to, depending on the charity you want to support.
Text acquisition instructions are ideal for all kinds of media, so you will probably hear about a specific text to give a campaign and password and code from the radio while surfing the Internet, TV or your friends on your social media.
So, grab your phone and start texting when you hear or see the information.
For example, you could say “CHARITY” to 491062, and a hit sent. It would, in this moral case, invoke a contribution to charity.
Wait for a text message asking you to confirm your donation. Click “yes.” Your contribution will only take effect once you approve it.
Your donation (usually limited to $5 or $10) is charged to your mobile number. Your donation goes to a company, like mGive, specializing in mobile assistance.
That company may pay a small fee for the transaction, which comes out of a donation to charity.
In some cases, such as emergencies, the operator may waive the fee. Your carrier may or may not charge revenue transfers depending on your cell phone plan.
Depending on your carrier, you may need to repeat your text contribution up to a certain amount. Your gift will appear on your mobile number.
Don’t expect a thank you but a short SMS automatically generated on your phone. One of the features of mobile fundraising is that the charity receiving your donation does not know your name or email address.
So, save your phone bill as a receipt if you claim a tax deduction for the donation.
An exciting development in the mobile phone
QR codes that give back
QR codes are a promising alternative to using passwords and abbreviations to send donations via mobile phone.
QR codes are the black-and-white barcodes we see everywhere, from grocery store receipts to magazine ads.
Some charities even include QR codes in their direct mail funding applications.
Some cause marketing uses QR codes so that consumers can donate their phones.
Just scan the QR code with your smartphone. A custom webpage will appear where you can donate. Sometimes you can use PayPal, which allows you to sign in instead of entering your credit card number.
The beautiful thing about QR codes is that you are not limited to a certain number of contributions, and there are no text messages from your mobile operator. Look at charity fundraisers that use text to give formats and QR codes.
Give while you work out.
Mobile is big on athletic charity events.
Crowdfunding works beautifully for a charity run or walk. The whole idea behind these events is to get participants (you) to ask friends and relatives to sponsor your walk or run.
People donate or donate through your campaign for a small fundraiser. The social workers who run these events make it very easy to set up your campaign.
You want your device to broadcast your appeal before the event and send updates, photos, or videos before, during, and after the race.
Love app heaven
Dedicated apps for your smartphone are everywhere now. And they keep getting more creative.
For example, suppose you want to give to charity while you’re out on your morning flight. In that case, Charity Miles will track your distance and other significant numbers and donate to the charity of your choice for every mile you drive.
Are you a globetrotter interested in helping anywhere? Then sharing the meal would be perfect for you. It is an app from the United Nations Food Program of the United Nations.
You can buy a meal for as little as 50 cents for a needy child. The app even encourages friendly competition by letting you know how many meals your friends have donated.
Always bright photos with your phone? You can change them by submitting a photo.
Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to charity for every photo you share through this app. Your photo will be part of a gallery, and there is no cost to you. Thousands of photos have been shared this way.
The mobile phone company has grown like a top. We will give more and more to our favorite causes with our mobile phones, and they will probably become more accessible.