Giving to the needy is an important part of many Canadians’ holiday season.
We’re a giving nation, after all, with Statistics Canada reporting that nearly a quarter of us claimed a charitable donation on our tax returns last year. In one of our very first blog posts, we talked about how Rogers and Fido customers donated more than $385,000 to Haiti relief efforts through text messages. Since then, mobile giving campaigns facilitated through organizations like The Mobile Giving Foundation have successfully raised millions for various charities and relief efforts.
Indeed, thanks to mobile technologies, making a charitable donation has never been easier.
- The Canadian Cancer Society – Text Fight or Life to 30333 to make a $5 donation
- Daily Bread Food Bank – Text Hunger or Need to 45678 to make a $5 donation
- Canadian Red Cross – Text redcross to 30333 to donate $5 toward the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts for flood survivors in Pakistan
As the article notes: “Donating this way is one of the safer ways to give money. Your wireless carrier simply adds $5 or $10 – depending on the charity’s code – onto your month-end phone bill. No credit card information is exchanged; the Mobile Giving Foundation collects the cash from the carrier monthly and then hands it over to the charity.”
You can learn more about how to get a tax receipt for your donation here.
On behalf of us here at RedBoard, happy holidays. And, please do remember to give.
Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard