Even though we have lived in a cell phone world for quite some time, I don't recall seeing a similar push to use SMS to donate to organizations helping out the vicitims of a tragedy before. You can text HAITI to 90999 to give a $10 dontation to support the American Red Cross. You can also text YELE to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts or text GIVE10 to 20222 to donate $10 to Direct Relief. I wonder how many parents are going to be surprised by their teenager's charitable givings when the next cell phone bill arrives.
I personally don't like the idea of sending a text message to donate money. It's too easy and too anonymous. Anyone can pick up your cell phone you left at your desk and send off a message without your knowledge. So if you are looking for other options then Google might be able to help. For the past few days, Google.com has published a link pointing to "Information, resources, and ways you can help survivors of the Haiti earthquake."
You might also consider the photographic benefit for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake that Magcloud is offering. Haiti: Onè Respe is a magazine style publication containing a collection of photographs from several photographers including Chet Gordon, Kari Hartmann, Mary Ellen Mark, Peter Pereira, and Lindsay Stark that celebrates the beauty of the people and country of Haiti before the earthquake. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haiti relief.
"Several photographers including the iconic photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark, have donated the use of one or more of their works to help create this issue as a fund-raising photography magazine to benefit Haiti. The title Haiti: Onè Respe comes from a traditional Haitian greeting meaning "honor and respect."
If you are growing your media business or could use valuable information, Ron Dawson of bladeronner.com is pledging to give 100% of the revenue from his Power Pricing audio until January 31, 2010 to help Haiti victims.
"I’ve lowered the price from $39.95 to just $29.95. So for a just thirty bucks, you can get over an hour of great advice on how to price your services, PLUS help out people in need. A no brainer!"
Do you know of other media related groups or individuals doing similar things? Please tell me about them in the comments or contact me and I will add them to the list after reviewing them. If you are considering creating a way for others to make a charitable donation please check out Photo Business News' blog post about "Charitable Giving - Do's, Don'ts, And Cautions."