Campaign Fundraising Gets a Text From the FEC
June 15, 2012

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 Introduces Mobile QR-PayCard for Nonprofits
March 30, 2012

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 The QR-PayCard is designed for nonprofit and business applications. Each organization may custom design the QR-PayCard graphics to reflect its brand.

Girl Scout Troops in 23 States Now Accept Mobile Payments for Cookies
March 5, 2012

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.

New Deal Helps Small Charities Use Text Appeals
February 23, 2012

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.

Social Fundraising Using Facebook Timeline Apps
February 6, 2012

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 Launches 'Text 2 CureDuchenne' Campaign at Super Bowl XLVI
February 2, 2012

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.

Obama and Romney Campaigns Adopt Square for Funding
January 31, 2012

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.