Mobile Phone Data Helped Aid Groups Target Quake Relief in Haiti, Report Finds | PND | Foundation Center

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Mobile Phone Data Helped Aid Groups Target Quake Relief in Haiti, Report Finds | PND | Foundation Center : Mobile Phone Data Helped Aid Groups Target Quake Relief in Haiti, Report Finds A new report from Columbia University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, offers evidence that in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, anonymous cell phone data helped aid groups target emergency supplies to those most in need, BBC News reports

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The Social Media Response to the Disaster in Haiti

Amy Sample Ward

I have a guest post up on the NTEN blog discussing some of the ways social media was put into action as soon as the earthquakes struck in Haiti: When disaster strikes, we want information as soon as possible and we want to help just as quickly. Whether we look at mapping tools, fundraising, or missing person systems, the social media response to the January earthquakes in Haiti all leverage the powerful technology we can hold in our hands: our mobile phones.

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Mobile Giving: The Haiti Cataclysm

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Mobile Giving: The Haiti Cataclysm: "Telethons were struck up. And as the following stats show, when a crisis occurs, it now pays to have access to a world of people with cell phones, iPhones Traditional commercial messaging campaigns on TV, radio, and telephone were launched, but in 2010, a new medium was quickly alighted upon by those innovators in the sector: the mobile giving phenomenon.

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New technology tools help Haiti earthquake relief -

AFP Blog

New technology tools help Haiti earthquake relief - "Volunteers have built and refined software for tracking missing people, mapping the disaster area and enabling urgent cell-phone text messaging. Organizations including the International Red Cross, the United Nations, the World Bank and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency have put the systems to use.".

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Micro Volunteering for the Haiti Earthquake

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here you will find opportunities to donate your tech skills to Haiti. They have created a Haiti support page to harness the power of the crowd to help locate and identify missing persons with just a few minutes of your time. . Tweet from kateatyrownrisk.

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Making the most impact for Haiti relief: Avoiding Fundraising Fraud during Crisis

Connection Cafe

In the past 8 days, the surge of generosity for Haiti relief has been amazing. Find a charity with a proven track record of success in providing disaster relief and one that has worked in Haiti. Do Not Give To The Haitian Government – Haiti is known to be a corrupt country. If that isn’t enough reason not to give directly to the Haiti government, then consider the fact that contributions to foreign governments are not tax deductible. Author: Jordan Viator.

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Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

I’m joining a panel to talk about the response for support after the Haiti earthquakes last year. Reports of violence and of peace efforts could be placed via the web or mobile phone. Examples from Haiti. The Haiti earthquakes were no exception.

Issues with Crowdsourced Data Part 2

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The correlation found in Haiti is an example of a "confounding factor". In these contexts, the perpetrators will be actively trying to suppress reporting, and so the SMS streams will not just measure where the cell phones are, they'll measure where the cell phones that perpetrators can't suppress are. crisismapping Haiti crowdsourcing patterns Ushahidi correlation human rights earthquake

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Text Message Donations for Haiti Reach $8.5 Million

Tech Soup Blog

million to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund through text messaging alone since the earthquake. And even more money has been raised through text messaging for other relief efforts, including Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. All donations are added to customers' phone bills or debited to their prepaid accounts and 100% of the donations go to the specified organization. Americans have donated $8.5

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Used Laptops Needed for Earthquake Victims in Haiti: You Can Help!

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is united with the world in wishing a quick recovery to the people of Haiti after last week's devastating earthquake (and continuing aftershocks). I am a volunteer board member of Haiti Soleil.

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More on Using Crowdsourced Data to Find Big Picture Patterns (Take 3)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Maps, helicopter overflights, satellite imagery, field reports from first responders, as well as phone calls and SMS messages from the general public. statistics crisismapping Haiti crowdsourcing patterns Ushahidi humanitarianThanks to commenter Differance bringing up in response to to our last post on this topic that made me want to take a new tack.

7 Ways for Nonprofits to Use Mobile Phones to Rake in Cash Monies


moment in January, 2010, when an outpouring of donations followed the devastating Haiti quake. But what you may not have anticipated was that $41m of these dollars flowed through mobile phones via “premium text messages.” As it turns out, The Red Cross used but one of several common methods to generate revenue from mobile phone owners. Using this simple method, your nonprofit advertises the availability of your designated fundraising phone number to potential donors.

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Real Time Charitable Giving | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

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Real Time Charitable Giving | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project : Contributors to the “Text to Haiti” earthquake relief campaign were spur-of-the-moment donors who often induced friends and family to give, too, new research finds Report is first in-depth study of mobile giving WASHINGTON, DC – Charitable donations from mobile phones have grown more common in recent years.

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Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop: "83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two

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Text to Give TweetChat on October 5

Tech Soup Blog

When following the January 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, the Red Cross quickly mobilized a text donation campaign that raised an astounding $32 million. Event Fundraising Twitter mobile phone mobile phones TechSoup TechSoup Event SMS text short message service textingDid you know that text messages are reported to have an open rate of over 90 percent according to a number of reputable marketing studies?

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Apps for Disaster Planning

Tech Soup Blog

One of the big additions to the guide is a section on backing up a mobile phone or tablet. Android, iOS, Windows Phone) connects you with friends and family during a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane.

The Text Effect

AFP Blog

The Text Effect: "Cell phone users have made the Haiti relief effort the most successful mobile giving campaign in history.Four or five years ago, the idea of raising literally millions of dollars via text message would have been ludicrous.Now, Michael Nilsen with the Association of Fundraising Professionals calls texting a quantum leap in fundraising.'Giving

Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

Tech Soup Blog

The January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake in Haiti showed some of the astonishing potential for volunteer-based digital disaster relief. At the time of the Haiti earthquake, very few people in the country were using Twitter, but it was enough to get news of needs out to the world.

Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

Tech Soup Blog

Once you've downloaded the app, all this information is accessible regardless of whether you have phone service or internet access during an emergency. about The Extraordinaries and Ushahidi being used in response to the Haiti earthquake.

Mobile Giving: How Your Organization Can Start Collecting Text Donations

Mobile Commons

As disaster relief organizations across the country set out to raise funds for supplies and aid to Haiti, they turned to mobile phones and text messaging as a quick and easy way for people to give money. Mobile Giving Insider did a nice job cataloging and summarizing the many campaigns that sprung up in the first 24 hours after the earthquake: Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee. Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.

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Mobile donations and dating – The world has changed

Connection Cafe

Of all the communication technology the mobile phone is probably as disruptive as any. million people used their cell phone to donate. 77 percent of respondents were aware of the Haiti text-to-donate efforts. 17 percent of Gen Y respondents and 14 percent of Gen X made a donation to Haiti relief efforts via text message, and 3 percent of both Boomer and Mature respondents made a donation to Haiti relief efforts via text message. Author: Tad Druart.

New Mobile Giving Facts You Must Know


58% of Americans now own smart phones, and this number is only expected to continue to grow with the advent of cheap alternatives. We’ve all heard about the $30 million dollars the Red Cross raised through mobile in just a few hours in the wake of the Haiti natural disaster.

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What we can learn from the Haitian Earthquake

NCE Social Media

Can you call a cell phone if phone lines are down? Take a moment and think what you would be doing right now if your agency was in a situation like Haiti. There are several things we can learn from the Haitian Earthquake that are socialmedia-related. With the recent Haitian earthquake, texting donations has garnered new media focus. While popular in Europe for some time, texting donations has finally broken through as a promising fundraising tool here.

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

A similar example is that of an Atlanta city councilman who chose to post a message to Twitter asking for a medic to respond to an unconscious woman on the street rather than to dial 911 when his mobile phone battery was very low.

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Resources

Tech Soup Blog

The Cell Phone Solution: Easy Emergency Preparedness for Nonprofits. Lessons From Haiti: Uses of New Media in Disaster Recovery Efforts. The Extraordinaries and Ushahidi Using Technology to Help in Haiti. Used Laptops Needed for Earthquake Victims in Haiti: You Can Help!

Reach Out and Charge Someone

Connection Cafe

As we all know, text-to-give has proven successful(ish), especially around disaster relief like last year’s Haiti earthquake. Mobile applications have also begun to surface to empower peer-to-peer fundraisers to check their progress and send appeals straight from their phone. Did you know that you can download an app that will allow you to pay for your coffee with a quick scan of your smart phone? Author: Noel Beebe.

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Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile


83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two million people, can a mobile strategy help raise money in times of crisis? The donation will appear on the donors cell phone bill. At the very minimum, nonprofits should be collecting cell phone numbers.

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The End of the Beginning of Online Giving

Connection Cafe

There are 7 billion people on Earth and 5 billion of them have a mobile phone. SMS text-to-give in the United States experienced a major spike following the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 but has never achieved inflated expectations.

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Phishing Scam: Habitat for Humanity fundraising

Robert Weiner

It plays Habitat's name, Haiti relief, and pure greed -- it claims you can earn big tax-free commissions as a fundraiser. This is demonstrated in our role as a corporate sponsor for the HAITI RELIEF PROGRAM with money raised going towards helping displaced and disabled children and their families. FULL NAME : FULL ADDRESS : CITY : STATE: ZIP CODE/POSTCODE: PHONE NUMBER (S) must be valid) would be called to confirm. I received the following phishing email today.

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Top Tools for Mobile Marketing


Ever since the American Red Cross and Humane Society adopted a texting campaign to raise awareness and collect donations for the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, other nonprofits have followed suit and to great success.

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CDI's Plan to Restore Communications to Chilean NGOs

Tech Soup Blog

In some ways, the impact of the recent earthquake in Chile wasn't as immediately obvious as that of the earthquake in Haiti. After their hugely successful text messaging campaign for Haiti , the Red Cross has set up a similar campaign for Chile: simply text "CHILE" to 90999 to make a ten-dollar donation. Checking with everyone had required several hours of driving, as many homes are without phones or electricity.

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Top Tools for Mobile Marketing


Ever since the American Red Cross and Humane Society adopted a texting campaign to raise awareness and collect donations for the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, other nonprofits have followed suit and to great success.

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Are Qwerty Monsters the Nonprofit Donors of the Future?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Google and Microsoft sent me mobile phones in response to my complaints about the Apple iPhone in-app donation policy. The topic we explored was mobile fundraising, ranging from best practices, integration and why applications on phones haven’t taken off.

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How Digital Democracy Empowers Marginalized Communities

Tech Soup Blog

These may include things like mobile phones, cameras, or even drones. For example, in post-earthquake Haiti, Dd trained and empowered local women to track and document incidents of gender-based violence.

Latest Resources to Help Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Victims


The American Red Cross , who made mobile fundraising history after the Haiti earthquake is doing a terrific job in getting the word out about their texting to donate campaign to help with relief efforts. TELUS , a Canadian phone company donated $100,000 to relief efforts and set up text to donate campaign for their customers. Looking to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and Tusanmi, but don’t know where to start?

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Ushahidi Wins MacArthur Award: Changing the World One Map at a Time

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the tsumani in Japan in 2011, the Ushahidi platform was used to organize emergency responses in real-time. Recognizing remarkable creativity and effectiveness by non-profits across the globe, the John D. and Catherine T.

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The Latest in Mobile (Giving) Campaigns


Susan was responsible for the record breaking Haiti SMS text campaign that brought in over $30 million via mobile phones.

Have You Met Mobile?

Connection Cafe

Sure, he raised over $20 million for Haiti and an impressive array of non-profit organizations including American Red Cross , Oxfam America , Salvation Army , Habitat for Humanity , International Rescue Committee , and the United Nations Foundation used his services. Author: James Young.

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Get a Special Rate on the 2nd International Fundraising Conference


Sessions include: Haiti: How to Raise a Billion Dollars. Fundraising: How We Combine Email, Social _Media, and Phones to Reach. The 2nd Annual International Fundraising eConference is coming up May 11-13, and simply because you're reading this blog, you qualify for 25% off.

If we’d had Twitter on 9/11

Connection Cafe

International phone lines were jammed & I couldn’t reach my husband where he was working in France, to let him know I’d flown to LA, and I’d made it. Suddenly, it was odd to see a single update that wasn’t related to Haiti. Author: Jennifer Darrouzet.

7 Most Costly Sins of Donation Forms [INFOGRAPHIC]

Connection Cafe

In a still highly relevant case study by Optimizely in 2013 , removing the title and phone number fields from a donation form resulted in an increase of 11% in average donations per pageview for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Sorry, You Can't Say That: Text Message Censorship


Since the earthquake in Haiti, we've seen an explosion in interest for all things mobile. While it's unlawful for any landline phone carrier to censor your telephone conversations, T-Mobile argues that the same protections do not extend to mobile phones. Donations via text messages , tweeting real-time updates , mapping need and resources : all examples of stories that captured our sector's attention and got people talking about mobile. The time for mobile is clearly now.

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Five Simple (and Fun) Ways to Promote Nonprofits on FourSquare

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Add their address, phone and Twitter ID (search their website and Google to see what their Twitter ID is). For example, yesterday I checked-in to Lowe’s who is donating $1 million to Haiti relief (forgot to mention they are donating the funds to the Red Cross). FourSquare is definitely starting to catch on with enterprising techie folks that love to be early adopters. That’s a good a sign.

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