Text Gifting By Cell Phone

If you would like to make a contribution to charities that accept text donations by cell phone, you will have some great options to keep in mind.  This was popularized in 2010 from the efforts to raise money in Haiti and Japan as relief from the tsunami that ravaged the land and ended many lives.  This changed the landscape of fundraising for worthy causes by making it super easy for well-wishers to give by SMS.  There’s no reason to think this is going to change in the near future, so finding out now what groups and organizations will take these types of gifting efforts should serve you well in the future as well.  In this article, I will provide you with a good list to get you started, along with some information you may want to keep in mind before you make a donation by text to charity with your mobile cell phone.  Let’s get started.


***SPECIAL NOTICE TO PAY AS YOU GO CELLULAR USERS***  Most providers will allow this type of donation through prepaid.  Since most pay as you go plans are use it or lose it, where people forfeit the balance at the end of the month or term, why not give the leftover balance to a worthy cause? 


  • Salvation Army

Want to try out text gifting?  Send the message “JOY” to 85944 to make a $10 contribution to your local non-profit Salvation Army.  It’s a great way to keep the money in your local area and help a worthy cause at the same time.  It will only take seconds of your time, making it the easiest way to provide Christmas help or other forms of assistance for low income families and people in need.


  • Make A Wish

To Give $5 by SMS, simply send “Wish” to 90999.  You’ll help to support a good cause that helps terminally ill children get a wish of choice that can help to fulfill their short lives.  This is a wonderful nonprofit group that aims to help out kids, which we can hopefully all appreciate and support.  You should considering giving to this group by cell phone texting when you are in giving mode.


  • Water.org

This is a worldwide organization that looks to deliver fresh, drinkable water to people all over the world.  This groups was co-founded by Matt Damon.  To make a donation by text to this charity, send “POOPIN” to 27722 and they’ll receive your $10 contribution.  Yes, it’s a strange message to send, but it clearly serves a wonderful purpose that can help out people all over the world.


  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Want to help a nonprofit group that helps out kids?  You can be messaging “BIG” to 40579.  Since it will only cost you $5, it’s an easy way and relatively cheap way to provide help to young kids that need some guidance.  Not-for-profit organization gifting is also tax deductible, making it financially sound to do so.  It is certainly a very worthy cause that could use your $5 gift.


  • Red Cross

To make a $10 charitable contribution to the Red Cross, just text “REDCROSS” to 90999 and you’ll help to save some lives and even be given an opportunity to specify where the funds go.  This isn’t available through most organizations.  If you want to give a little bit more than this, just message “GIFT” to the same number and you’ll send $25 that goes to help the needy.


  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

If you would like to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer, just text “KOMEN” to 90999 to make a well-priced $10 contribution to charity.  You’ll help in research, education, awareness, and other areas to help fight this disease that has most likely affected at least one person you know.  This is a great group to keep in mind if you have leftover funds on your phone plan.


  • American Diabetes Association

I would be willing to be someone you know is diabetic.  If this moves you, it’s super easy to raise money for education, awareness, and the research for a cure.  To help out, just text donate by sending “ADA” to 25383 and you’ll make a quick and easy $5 donation to help out those suffering from this disease.  Since most of us know at least one or two people that are diabetic, it’s easy to see that the funds are going to a very worthwhile cause that helps lots of people.


  • Operation Smile

Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a great charitable organization that provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgery to those in need, so they can smile.  Send $5 to “SMILE” at 90990 and you’ll help someone in need of assistance.  Wouldn’t you want this type of assistance if your child couldn’t smile properly?  Keep this in mind as you consider where to send your contribution.


  • American Cancer Society

Want to give to a US based organization that provides help to those suffering from cancer?  If so, it’s very simple to do.  You can text gift and make a $5 donation by sending “FIGHT” to 20222.  You’ll help out people and have a nice tax deductible write-off for your efforts.  It’s an easy way to help out with your cell phone.


  • Keep a Child Alive

Partial founder Alicia Keys in involved with a nonprofit organization that provides money to those infected with HIV or AIDS in Africa or India.  As you probably know, many of those infected with these diseases are young kids.  To help out just hit “ALIVE” to 90999 and make a difference to someone less fortunate. 


As you can see, you have many options to keep in mind if you are looking to help out someone in need.  This is only a partial list of the great nonprofit organizations that are helping out others.  You have a list of 10 charities that accept text donations to consider.