In the wake of relief efforts coming to the fore in Haiti, you have probably heard over the past week about the option to donate by sending a text message, or through social media channels. Such options are now available due to organizations like the Mobile Giving Foundation.
New York Magazine reports there may be significant processing delays in this methodology (depending on your cell carrier), even though donations are being assumed as a done deal by relief agencies.
$10 million has already been raised this way, surely much more because of the convenience of texting. The bad news? Because cell phone carriers are not creditors and have to wait for you to pay your bill to forward the money on, it won’t actually reach the Red Cross’s coffers for 90 days.