You can already send money to your favorite charity via text message. Now it may not be long before you’ll be able to do the same for political candidates. On June 11 the Federal Election Commission unanimously agreed to let campaigns begin accepting modest political contributions via mobile messaging, a ruling that even campaign finance watchdogs lobbied for as an antidote to the influence of billionaire-funded superPACs.
Click & Pledge introduced the first “QR-PayCard,” a hybrid credit card payment alternative that integrates the convenience of QR code mobile phone scanning with pre-approved credit card payments and Salesforce.com. The QR-PayCard is designed for nonprofit and business applications. Each organization may custom design the QR-PayCard graphics to reflect its brand.
On Leap Day, I hopped on an early-morning train down to Washington, D.C., to attend the 2012 Nonprofit Mobile Day prior to the Washington Nonprofit Conference. And in the opening keynote, David Balcom, managing director of digital platforms at the American Cancer Society, laid out why mobile matters.
Sage North America announced it has partnered with numerous Girl Scout Councils to add mobile payment as an option for cookie sales. To date, 32 Girl Scout Councils in 23 states, representing more than 40,000 troops, can now use Sage Mobile Payments, Sage’s Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant mobile payments product.
Girl Scout Councils are primarily funded through the cookie program and fundraising activities.
Small charities will now get more opportunities to conduct low-cost fundraising efforts by text message under a deal announced Tuesday. But they’ll have to do so under new guidelines designed to prevent fraud.
A deal between the Mobile Giving Foundation, which connects charities to mobile carriers, and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a nonprofit connected with the Council of Better Business Bureaus, seeks to assure donors that their $5 to $10 text donations will go to trustworthy charities.
Pontiflex Inc., a mobile and online sign-up ad platform, announced new Spanish language capabilities. With the Pontiflex mobile sign-up ads platform, The Hunger Project is running Spanish language sign-up ads on iPhone, iPad and Android devices to connect with Hispanics in the U.S. and around the world to help drive donations.
It’s quite possible that the direction Facebook is heading with Timeline Apps will help Facebook make good on the promise of social media becoming an important, productive and measurable channel for fundraisers. So what’s the big deal? Why is this announcement potentially so important for fundraisers? Here are five reasons why I think this announcement will make a difference for the nonprofit sector.
CureDuchenne, a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is launching its Text 2 CureDuchenne campaign at the STYLE ICON Celebrity Lounge during Super Bowl weekend. Designed around the goal of raising $1 million by the end of 2012, Text 2 CureDuchenne is an event-based social and mobile campaign utilizing celebrity influencers and embracing a Text2Give concept.
Social media was a game-changing technology that helped alter the course of the 2008 presidential election. In 2012, mobile payments could be the transformational technology, as millions of political supporters are given the ability to collect money on smartphones for candidates. On Monday, President Obama’s re-election campaign announced that it would immediately begin using Square, a mobile payments start-up company, with campaign staffers and some approved volunteers.
Mitt Romney’s campaign plans to announced a similar Republican-themed Square application that will allow campaign officials to collect donations on a smartphone.