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Mobile philanthropy is one of the fastest growing donation methods, according to The mGive Foundation, a group specializing in this kind of philanthropy. Users donate by sending a text message to a number provided by the charity. A charge is added to their cellphone bill.

Charities or non-profits interested in collecting this way must first partner with a phone carrier, since they're responsible for charging the user's account. Charities will often work with groups like mGive to facilitate the partnerships between organizations and carriers.

When a user sends their text message, the phone carrier adds the charge to the user's bill. The donation can't be transferred to the charity until the user pays his or her bill, meaning it could take 30 days or longer for transfer to be made. The third-party group will work with the carrier to collect the money. The carrier remits 100 per cent of the original donated amount.

Mobile philanthropy is one of the fastest growing donation methods, according to The mGive Foundation, a group specializing in this kind of philanthropy. Users donate by sending a text message to a number provided by the charity. A charge is added to their cellphone bill.

Charities or non-profits interested in collecting this way must first partner with a phone carrier, since they're responsible for charging the user's account. Charities will often work with groups like mGive to facilitate the partnerships between organizations and carriers.

When a user sends their text message, the phone carrier adds the charge to the user's bill. The donation can't be transferred to the charity until the user pays his or her bill, meaning it could take 30 days or longer for transfer to be made. The third-party group will work with the carrier to collect the money. The carrier remits 100 per cent of the original donated amount.

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