In times of disaster, fundraising can be a tedious and time consuming task. Fortunately, social media technology is paving the way to instantly send relief money. There’s no better example of this powerful fundraising job than the American Red Cross’ texting campaign. By allowing anyone to text “HAITI” to 90999, they have been able to raise over $30 million in just a few days. My wife and I were quick to donate using this system as soon as we heard about it. It’s easy and instantly rewarding. While this is an impressive amount of money, it’s still a fraction of the amount needed to help rebuild Haiti.
Texting money for charitable purposes is just one of many new trends that I’m sure will be emerging in the near future as online communities continue to grow.
Additionally, my wife has been looking for information on how to adopt orphans from Haiti … if anyone has information, please post.