January 20, 2010 – Saint Paul, MN – In the wake of the earthquake
disaster in Haiti, Americans are donating via text message more than ever before. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota advises donors that giving through text can be a safe and easy way to give—but you should still use caution.
Within days following the disaster in Haiti, it was widely reported that more than $3 million was donated through text message to such organizations as the Red Cross and others.
“It’s encouraging that people are making small donations through text messages,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “An incredible amount of money will be needed to address the crisis in Haiti and charities will certainly welcome gifts made through any means available. However, donors should still do their due diligence to make sure their money is going to trustworthy charities.”
BBB Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) offers the following tips on giving through text:
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance has compiled a list of charities which are seeking to provide assistance in response to the earthquake in Haiti and meet BBB Standards for Charity Accountability at http://www.bbb.org/us/haiti-earthquake-relief/