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How the Power of Text Sometimes Hits Close to Home

Posted by Cassie Bair on Jul 27, 2012 7:07:00 AM

power of text resized 600It has been a humbling experience to be reminded that a tragic disaster can happen anywhere.

As you may or may not know, mGive is located near downtown Denver, Colorado. Colorado has had a difficult few months and it has been well documented through national media. Work colleagues, friends and family of our employees have all been affected by the wild fires sweeping our state. Even more recently, our Program Manager woke up to multiple panicked text messages and calls following the Aurora theater shooting. We all knew he was going to the movies that night because he left early the day before and we all knew he lived close to the theater where the shooting occurred. We were lucky - turns out he wasn’t at that theater, but it still hit too close to home. Yes, it has been a humbling experience to be reminded that a disaster can happen anywhere, affecting everyone around you in ways you may never know or fully understand.

While these events have been terrible and all over the news, it has been personally enlightening to remember that I am here at mGive to power social good in a way that has never been done before. Everyone here at mGive and Mobile Accord has the opportunity to influence how we can respond to disaster situations, personally and collectively as a community – whether that means locally, nationally or internationally.

My mom used to say “there will always be someone better off than you, but there will always be someone worse.” She’s right. As we approach the weekend, remember to be kind. Make a difference. Give someone a compliment and mean it. Smile. Make a $10 mobile donation. Share. In the words of Steve Jobs, do so “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

This is why we do what we do at mGive. We know we can make a difference, and we have…one text message at a time. Even better is the fact we can empower other people to make a difference as well. Please consider making a mobile donation today towards the Aurora theater shooting victims or Colorado wild fire victims. If these causes don’t personally speak to you, we power a number of nonprofit mobile campaigns that you can get behind and I’m personally happy to help you engage with one of them.

I have been with mGive for four years next month and have had the pleasure of working with a variety of amazing nonprofit clients. mGive is not only about disasters. I take pride in the fact that we are helping many organizations share their message through mobile to power social good. There is so much good in the world and we help share it. It makes me proud to be making a difference and to be able to share that experience with you.

If you would like to make a $10 donation to help the victims of the Aurora theater shooting, simply text TOGETHER to 80000.

If you would like to make a $10 donation to the victims of the Colorado wildfires, text FIRE to 80108.

Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 80000 to STOP. Text HELP to 80000 for HELP. Full Terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy: mGive.org/P

headshot Angela resized 600Angela Whaley is the Senior Account Manager at mGive. She has worked with hundreds of clients over the last four years. mGive, a Mobile Accord service, educates, engages and empowers nonprofits and their stakeholders through our groundbreaking utilization of SMS (text message) technology. Contact Angela by texting ANGELA to 50555. Message and Data rates may apply. 
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Topics: Mobile Fundraising, Social Good, Intermediate, Disaster Relief

Helping Colorado Fire Victims is Only Four Clicks On Your Phone

Posted by Cassie Bair on Jun 15, 2012 8:46:00 AM

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American Idol Working with mGive and American Red Cross for Japan Relief Efforts

Posted by mGive Team on Mar 17, 2011 8:11:00 AM

March 17th, 2011: It has been almost exactly a week since the 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan and spurred a tsunami that hit Japan and other parts of the Pacific. Even though relief efforts began almost instantly and fundraising efforts have had an amazing response, there is still much to be done. CNN sites that nearly 13,000 have been either pronounced dead or missing with hundreds of thousands now homeless. Fear of nuclear disaster has increased as many of the nuclear facilities were damaged in the quake emitting high volumes of radiation. Relief troops have been warned not to go within 50 miles of the plant. There is an urgent need for food and water as well as other amenities that may seem commonplace to most.

There are several organizations that have implemented mobile giving in order to collect immediate donations for relief. The American Red Cross efforts went viral almost immediately and “Text REDCROSS” was a trending topic the whole day after the initial quake/tsunami. In addition to the many celebrities and organizations helping get the word out on The American Red Cross mobile call to action via outlets like Twitter and Facebook, American Idol also showed its philanthropic side by making the performances from last night’s program downloadable on iTunes, with a portion of the proceeds going to The American Red Cross. But that is not all; mGive, in working with The American Red Cross and Fox’s American Idol, is happy to announce that on tonight’s live telecast at 8/7c , viewers will also be informed and encouraged to text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

mGive is honored to partner with so many wonderful organizations working to bring hope and relief to those affected by this disaster. Please see below for a list of Japan-related campaigns.

  • The American Red Cross:  Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
  • Convoy of Hope: Text TSUNAMI to 50555 to give $10.
  • Feed My Starving Children: MANNA to 50555 to give $10.
  • GlobalGiving: Text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10.
  • Operation Blessing: Text BLESS to 50555 to give $10.
  • Project Hope: Text HEALTH to 90999 to give $10.
  • United Way Worldwide: Text JAPAN to 864833 to give $10.
  • Volunteers of America Southeast: Text VOA to 27722 to give $10.
  • World ReliefCorp of National Association of Evangelicals: Text WAVE to 50555 to give $10.

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Topics: Mobile Fundraising, International Aid, Social Good, Intermediate, Disaster Relief

Text-to-Donate for Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Efforts

Posted by mGive Team on Mar 11, 2011 7:58:00 AM

March 11th 2011: A magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan today, followed by several aftershocks with magnitudes as high as 6.0. The quake also triggered a tsunami that hit Japan, Hawaii and parts of the United States west coast. According to CNN, buildings have collapsed, power plants have seen explosions and massive fires, and water walls of up to 30 feet have washed over land. The National Weather Service sent a warning to 50 countries and territories it said could be affected by the tsunami. Hundreds have been pronounced dead with hundreds more missing in the aftermath of this disaster.

Shortly after the disaster struck, mGive was contacted by several of our nonprofit clients to run mobile donation campaigns for their relief efforts. Having worked with the American Red Cross on its relief efforts for the 2010 Haiti disaster that raised more than $32 million in $10 mobile donations, mGive has a standard protocol for disaster relief campaigns and this made it easy for the participating organizations to get their campaigns up and running immediately.

Donation totals have been rising steadily since the mobile campaigns went viral around 9am EST this morning. But more still needs to be done. Your mobile donation can make an immediate impact on the unrest in Japan by helping relief organizations find the missing and repair the destroyed. Please see below for a list of participating nonprofits and their respective campaigns and join in the effort by making a donation. When prompted, please remember to reply with YES to confirm your one-time, tax-deductible mobile donation. This donation will appear on your next mobile phone bill. Message and Data Rates May Apply.

    • The American Red Cross:  Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
    • Convoy of Hope: Text TSUNAMI to 50555 to give $10.
    • Feed My Starving Children: MANNA to 50555 to give $10.
    • GlobalGiving: Text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10.
    • Operation Blessing: Text BLESS to 50555 to give $10.
    • Project Hope: Text HEALTH to 90999 to give $10.
    • United Way Worldwide: Text JAPAN to 864833 to give $10.
    • Volunteers of America Southeast: Text VOA to 27722 to give $10.
    • World ReliefCorp of National Association of Evangelicals: Text WAVE to 50555 to give $10.

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Mobile Accord's Humari Awaz Program and mGive's Text HAITI to 90999 Campaign Featured on Colorado Public Radio

Posted by mGive Team on Aug 24, 2010 5:11:00 AM

Humari resized 600“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a theory. For diplomacy to work outside embassy walls and state department dinners, you have to reach out to the people. One powerful way is through their cell phones. The state department has enlisted the help of a Denver company called Mobile Accord to do this,” said Colorado Public Radio’s Ryan Warner, host of Colorado Matters.

James Eberhard, chairman and founder of mGive and its parent company Mobile Accord, was featured in a segment of Colorado Matters titled Colorado Firm Aids Digital Diplomacy which aired on Colorado Public Radio last Friday. The segment featured a discussion between Eberhard and Warner regarding Humari Awaz, “Our Voice,” Pakistan’s first free mobile social network established by Mobile Accord, the U.S. State Department and Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Technology. The broadcast also highlighted the crucial role mGive and Mobile Accord played in raising money for the earthquake victims in Haiti.

Launched in November 2009, the Humari Awaz program enables Pakistanis to build mobile-based networks that effectively allow the sharing of real time information across a nation. Powered by Mobile Accord, the network was established to link friends, families, and a range of other users - from farmers and resellers who want to share market prices, to businesses that wish to communicate with their staff on the road, to news outlets that want to share information with targeted groups. To date, the Humari Awaz program has connected over 1 million people and deployed over 350 million text messages with the U.S. State Department covering the costs of the first 24 million messages.

Additionally, shortly after receiving a phone call from the U.S. State department regarding the earthquake in Haiti, mGive partnered with the American Red Cross to provide the mobile giving platform behind the text HAITI to 90999 campaign. The unprecedented volume of donations seen during the Haitian relief effort led to the processing of upwards of 1,000 text messages per second and over $40 million in mobile donations, making the text HAITI to 90999 campaign the most successful mobile donation initiative to date.

To listen to the full interview, please visit http://www.cpr.org/#load_article|Colorado_Firm_Aids_Digital_Statecraft_.

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Topics: Mobile Fundraising, Social Good, Advanced, Innovation and Creativity, Disaster Relief

Secretary Clinton on Pakistan Flooding - How You Can Help

Posted by mGive Team on Aug 4, 2010 6:06:00 AM

Earlier today Secretary Clinton made the following statement about the crisis the Pakistani people are facing due to the flooding and other recent events. Several mGive clients are running mobile giving campaigns to raise funds to help provide relief to the thousands of people in need and we will list those soon.

You can watch a video of her statement here.
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Good morning. Good morning, everyone. As you know, the people of Pakistan are dealing with a major challenge. Last week’s flash floods, the worst in more than 80 years, have affected some three million Pakistanis nationwide. An estimated 1,500 people have lost their lives, but many more are missing. Thousands are trapped and hundreds of thousands require emergency assistance.

In addition to the floods, a suicide bomber struck just a few hours ago near a major market in Peshawar killing three people, including a government official, and wounding several more. Violence like this is abhorrent at any time, but especially at this time of crisis for the Pakistani people. And I want to convey the condolences of the American people to the Pakistani people on behalf of everything they are confronting.

I’ve been to Pakistan, as you know, a number of times, and I have seen firsthand the strength and resilience of the people of Pakistan. They have the capacity to come through this challenge and swiftly rebuild. And as they do, they can look to the United States for our support.

The United States is responding to this crisis in a number of ways. We immediately committed $10 million in aid. U.S. humanitarian relief experts have been deployed to the field. U.S. helicopters have already airlifted hundreds of people out of danger and delivered critical supplies including hundreds of thousands of halal meals. We’ve sent boats to help with the search and rescue. Water purification – excuse me – we’ve sent boats to help with the search and rescue and water purification units to provide clean water for thousands of people as well as temporary bridges to replace the bridges damaged by the floods. All of this has been done in close coordination with the Government of Pakistan and their disaster management specialists. This represents just the start of our efforts. We will continue to help Pakistan in the days and weeks ahead.

Now, much of the response is being coordinated by USAID and I want to thank Administrator Dr. Shah and his excellent staff for their heroic work this past week. The United States has a history of working with the Government of Pakistan to respond to natural disasters. In the aftermath of the earthquake in 2005, the United States provided hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to help millions of survivors. Today, we’re continuing that tradition. We’ve been working hard over the past year to build a partnership with the people of Pakistan and this is an essential element of that partnership; reaching out and helping each other in times of need.

I also want to mention a way that American citizens can contribute to this relief effort. Using your cell phones, you can text the word “SWAT” – s-w-a-t – to the number 50555. And you will make a $10 contribution that will help the UN High Commissioner for Refugees provide tents, clothing, food, clean drinking water, and medicine to people displaced by floods. When prompted, reply with “yes” – y-e-s – to confirm your gift. I just texted a contribution myself, because we know from our own experience, particularly in Haiti, small donations can add up to make a big difference. And Americans have always shown great generosity to people facing crises worldwide. So I urge Americans to join this effort and send some much needed help to the people of Pakistan.

Now, I would like to ask Dr. Shah to come to the podium and provide some more details about what we’re doing and what more lies ahead.
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Topics: Mobile Fundraising, International Aid, Social Good, Intermediate, Disaster Relief

Behind the Scenes at mGive- Processing Over $37 Million in Text Donations

Posted by mGive Team on Feb 3, 2010 7:04:00 AM

haitimGive's platform processes more than $37 million for Haiti in three weeks.

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Topics: Mobile Fundraising, Social Good, Advanced, Disaster Relief, Innovation and Creativity

50555 vs. 90999?

Posted by mGive Team on Jan 22, 2010 10:40:00 AM

We have had a few questions come in asking why the Hope For Haiti Now telethon is promoting text GIVE to 50555 to donate $10, rather than text HAITI to 90999. This particular telethon is through the Entertainment Industry Foundation and benefits several charities that are helping bring relief to Haiti, whereas the HAITI to 90999 campaign supports the Red Cross only.

Both campaigns are legitimate and donations will go to help the people of Haiti. So if you have already reached your donation cap on the 90999 campaign, please text GIVE to 50555 to donate more. Every dollar helps. Let's show the people of Haiti how much we care!
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Topics: Mobile Fundraising, Social Good, Intermediate, Disaster Relief

Small Donations Make Big Impact through mGive: Mobile Phone Subscribers Pledge More than $24 million for Red Cross to Help Haitian Earthquake Victims

Posted by mGive Team on Jan 19, 2010 9:16:00 AM

Small Donations Make Big Impact through mGive: Mobile Phone Subscribers Pledge More than $24 million for Red Cross to Help Haitian Earthquake Victims 

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Media Storm Means More Donations

Posted by mGive Team on Jan 18, 2010 8:36:00 AM

With so much misery in Haiti, we are humbled to be part of one of the few positive stories to emerge from the devastation. mGive continues to be in the news constantly, thanks to the generosity of cell phone users and their desire to help. Our CEO, Tony Aiello, was recently on CNBC's Rachel Maddow Show  (with a follow-up story here), NPR's All Things Considered, and Montel Williams Air America show to discuss the emergence and success of text donations. The New York TimesTime magazine, and a vast array of other media outlets are also reporting on the subject. You can also tune in tonight to hear Tony on PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer and Larry King Live will have a special two-hour show focused on Haiti.

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Topics: Mobile Fundraising, Social Good, Advanced, Disaster Relief

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