Social Media Becomes Focal Point of Haitian Philanthropy Efforts

Social media sites have become a focal point of humanitarian relief efforts after a massive earthquake in Haiti on Tuesday that may have left hundreds of thousands of citizens dead. The Chronicle of Philanthropy lists several efforts that have been started on sites such as Facebook and Twitter to raise money or supplies for Haiti.

  • Anyone who texts the word “Haiti” to 90999 will have a $10 donation to the American Red Cross for disaster relief automatically applied to their phone bill.
  • Donors can also contribute to the earthquake relief fund of Yele Haiti, a nonprofit started by musician Wyclef John, by texting “Yele” to 501501.
  • The Global Philanthropy Ground is encouraging its celebrity donors such as Ben Stiller and John Legend to take to sites such as Twitter and Facebook and encourage their fans to give to UNICEF.
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