Be a Part of a Giving Revolution

Cynics of Valentine’s Day will tell you it is not a holiday for single people. mGive disagrees. A simple text allows you to love your community and your favorite causes through the fastest growing philanthropic fundraising tool—mobile giving.

Four years ago, mGive launched a nation-wide love fest by initiating the first text-based fundraising campaign. Since then, mGive has helped nonprofits raise over $50 million, communicate with 5 million donors, and initialize philanthropic spirit through innovative technology everyone has at their fingertips.  The causes helped by mGive are world-wide, including Haiti’s earthquake and Japan’s most recent tsunami. But a simple text donation can be pinpointed to a cause in your community.

The mobile donation channel is one of the fastest-growing fundraising channels in history and mobile donations are quickly becoming the preferred fundraising and donor communications method for nonprofits. Just four years after mGive first made text-based giving available, the mobile donation fundraising channel has already raised 30 times as many dollars as the online donation channel did when it was in its infancy.

mGive has partnered with more than 60 of the nation’s leading mobile carriers (covering 99 percent of U.S. mobile customers) to enable nonprofits of all sizes to increase overall donations and reach new audiences using affordable, reliable and regulation-compliant text-based mobile giving campaigns.  mGive has supported more than 7,000 mobile giving campaigns for more than 500 nonprofit clients and processes around 85 percent of all mobile donations made today.

“Through mobile donations, we have the ability to reach new and existing donors,” said Chris Stergalas, Online Campaigns Associate at Defenders of Wildlife. “mGive has helped us fundraise around issues quickly and communicate to our members in a new way. Since mGive is the leader in mobile communication tools, we are constantly investigating innovative ways mGive can help us reach our goals of protecting native wildlife in their native communities.”

“More and more savvy nonprofits are realizing that mobile donations are an incredibly effective fundraising and communication tool,” said James Eberhard, founder and chairman of Mobile Accord, Inc. “A few simple texts can mean spreading a lot of love for your community.”

mGive is a Mobile Accord service. Contact mGive to find out how you can text a donation to your favorite cause.

Press Contacts:

Cassie Bair

mGive

303.531.5505 x28

cbair@mGive.com

Super Bowl Wins Extend Beyond the Game

Super Bowl Sunday Marks Four Year Anniversary of Mobile Donation for mGive

DENVER, CO – Last time Tom Brady faced the Giants in the Super Bowl, he launched a worldwide revolution—of philanthropic giving.  In 2008, Tom Brady was the spokesperson for an ad that prompted viewers to donate to the United Way through texting.  The platform that powers these donations was provided by Denver’s own mGive.

Four years later, mGive has helped nonprofits raise over $50 million, communicate with 5 million donors, and initialize philanthropic spirit through innovative technology everyone has at their fingertips.  The causes helped by mGive are world-wide, including Haiti’s earthquake and Japan’s most recent tsunami, but mGive is based right here in Denver.  So, even though our beloved Broncos are not going to the super bowl, we’re happy Tom Brady will be there to celebrate the fourth anniversary of mGive’s launch to help the world.

The mobile donation channel is one of the fastest-growing fundraising channels in history and mobile donations are quickly becoming the preferred fundraising and donor communications method for nonprofits. Just four years after text-based giving first became available, the mobile donation fundraising channel has already raised 30 times as many dollars as the online donation channel did when it was in its infancy.

mGive has partnered with more than 60 of the nation’s leading mobile carriers (covering 99 percent of U.S. mobile customers) to enable nonprofits of all sizes to increase overall donations and reach new audiences using affordable, reliable and regulation-compliant text-based mobile giving campaigns.  mGive has supported more than 7,000 mobile giving campaigns for more than 500 nonprofit clients and processes around 85 percent of all mobile donations made today.

“More and more savvy nonprofits are realizing that mobile donations are an incredibly effective fundraising tool that can be used as part of a larger multi-channel donor acquisition and communications strategy,” said James Eberhard, the Founder and Chairman of mGive. “Mobile donation and mobile advocacy campaigns are a great way for nonprofits to reach new audiences and raise money  that they may not have received through other, more traditional channels.”

Press Contacts:

Cassie Bair
mGive
303.531.5505 x 28
cbair@mGive.com

DENVER, Colo., September 11, 2011 – mGive, (www.mGive.com) the leading service provider for mobile donations in the United States, today announced that it is powering several mobile donation campaigns raising funds in honor of 9/11.

The nonprofit organizations and their respective programs powered by the mGive platform have the following calls-to-action:

  • Text MEMORIAL to 90999 to give $10 to the National Park Foundation for the Flight 93 National Memorial
  • Text WWP to 90999 to give $10 to Wounded Warrior Project
  • Text CHOICE to 50555 to give $10 to LifeQuest
  • Text 911 to 27722 to give $10 to the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Inc.
  • Text RETURN to 90999 to give $10 to the VFW Foundation
  • Text TOUR to 50555 to give $10 to Tourism Cares for Tomorrow, Inc.
  • Text NFFF to 80000 to give $10 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
  • Text CELL to 50555 to give $10 to the Mizel Museum

*Message and data rates may apply.

mGive pioneered the mobile giving industry in the United States. The company works closely with U.S. wireless operators and The mGive Foundation (www.mgive.org) to process donations and ensure that 100 percent of the proceeds collected go directly to the nonprofit entity. Organizations interested in launching mobile donation campaigns for relief efforts can contact mGive at 866.720.3350 to get started.

About mGive
mGive is changing the way people give. mGive, a Mobile Accord service, was established in 2005 and created the United States mobile donation market by introducing the first mobile donation platform tailored to nonprofit organizations. Today, more than 85 percent of domestic mobile donations are powered by mGive who serves more than 500 leading nonprofit organizations and has launched over 7,000 mobile campaigns. The mGive platform offers scalable, enterprise-level solutions using text messaging for donor engagement and fundraising. For more information please call 866.720.3350 or visit www.mGive.com.

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Press Contact:
Cassie Bair, Director of Marketing

mGive

866.720.3350 x 28

cbair@mobileaccord.com

New partnership to allow donations in real-time from any device,

such as PC, smartphone, tablet or Wi-Fi, via mobile giving platform, mGive

NEW YORK, NY and DENVER, CO — August 24, 2011 — Payfone, a leading mobile payment processing service, and Mobile Accord, an innovator and leader in mobile technology for nonprofit organizations, today announced a strategic partnership to expand the mobile donation channel for nonprofits and non-governmental entities worldwide. Through the partnership, nonprofits will be able to expand the power and reach of mobile donation offerings through alternative payment options allowing donations in real-time from any device, such as PC, smartphone, tablet or Wi-Fi, via Mobile Accord’s mobile giving platform, mGive.

“As the premier provider of mobile giving, it is absolutely critical we offer the nonprofit community a secure technology platform that ensures real-time delivery of safe, secure donations with accurate reporting and visibility into all transactions,” said Nim Patel, CEO of Mobile Accord. “Our goal is to offer donors across the globe the ability to make charitable donations from any device at any time. Through our partnership with Payfone, we are able to continue delivering on that promise.”

Mobile Accord’s mGive platform empowers individuals and entire countries to facilitate change using its revolutionary scalable services including mobile giving. mGive has been the standard for mobile giving since 2008, resulting in over 7,000 nonprofit mobile campaigns worldwide and is the platform of choice for high-volume campaigns like fundraising for relief efforts in Haiti and Japan, raising over $46 million in donations. Mobile Accord continues to work with nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations to enhance mobile fundraising and engagement for social good.

“Through Mobile Accord and mGive, its state-of-the-art mobile giving technology platform that is specifically targeted to support nonprofits, we can offer nonprofits one of the most robust and secure methods of conducting donations from any device – an industry first,” said Rodger Desai, chief executive officer, Payfone. “We are pleased to be working with the leader in mobile giving, and look forward to delivering an entirely new method of mobile donation that offers greater ease, flexibility and security, while opening up the global opportunities around philanthropic giving.”

Payfone is unique in leveraging the existing assets of mobile operators for directly connected payment authorization and processing. This approach distinguishes Payfone from other competitors. Payfone’s unique IP focuses on delivering the best user experience, while closely managing fraud using new factors of authentication that are inherent in the mobile operator networks. This translates into one of the most secure and frictionless user experience, across any device. Payfone’s ability to directly integrate with the operator’s network and intelligently identify a subscriber’s profile, makes it the only company capable of securely streamlining the entire mobile payments process.

About Mobile Accord

Mobile Accord is a mobile platform and services company providing enterprise level solutions focused at driving social change. Founded in 2005, Mobile Accord was the first company in the U.S. to offer mobile tools specifically built for nonprofit organizations. Mobile Accord, through its mGive service line, currently serves more than 500 leading U.S. philanthropic organizations and has processed more than 85% of all funds raised via mobile giving. The mGive Foundation is the charitable partner of Mobile Accord. For more information, please visit http://www.mobileaccord.com, http://www.mgive.com and http://www.mgive.org.

About Payfone

Payfone authorizes and processes mobile payment transactions for the world’s best known application stores and merchants. Payfone’s unique ability to leverage the mobile operator network to directly authorize and process payments drives higher sales conversion and revenue yield for merchants and mobile operators, while managing fraud and revenue leakage. As a result, consumers benefit with a wide choice in payment methods and the best user experience. Additional information is available at

http://www.payfone.com, http://www.twitter.com/payfone, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Media Contacts:

Jennifer Moranz

Payfone

415.278.1727

jmoranz@payfone.com

Jaime Tero

onechocolate communications for Payfone

415.989.9803/415.755.8639

jaimet@onechocolatecomms.com

Marisa Marzano

Calysto Communications for Mobile Accord

404-266-2060 x509/877-701-2060 x509

Help Provide Famine Relief: Text A-I-D to 27722 to Donate $10 to the World Food Program USA

DENVER, Colo., August 24, 2011 – mGive, (www.mGive.com) the leading service provider for mobile donations in the United States, today announced that it is powering several mobile donation campaigns raising funds for famine relief in the Horn of Africa. A severe drought has created a food crisis in the Horn of Africa that has put more than 12 million people in danger of imminent starvation. Hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes in search of food and refuge camps are overcrowded.

On August 11, 2011 Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton spoke about the food crisis affecting the Horn of Africa and the urgent actions needed to be taken by the United States and partner organizations. Secretary Clinton urged United States citizens to help through a mobile donation call to action. “One program that supports life-sustaining efforts in the Horn of Africa is the United Nations World Food Program. You can give $10 to the World Food Program USA by texting A-I-D to the number 27722,” stated Secretary Clinton. To learn more about Secretary Clinton’s call to action to support Horn of Africa famine relief and the United Nations World Food Program, please visit: http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/08/170417.htm.

Additional nonprofit organizations and their respective famine relief programs powered by the mGive platform have the following calls-to-action:

  • Text AID to 27722 to give $10 to World Food Program USA
  • Text PROGRESS to 50555 to give $10 to CHF International
  • Text MEALS to 80000 to give $10 to Feed My Starving Children
  • Text GIVE AID to 80088 to give $10 to GlobalGiving
  • Text CERF to 90999 to give $5 to United Nations Foundation
  • Text RESPOND to 90999 to give $10 to Child Fund International

*Message and data rates may apply.

mGive pioneered the mobile giving industry in the United States. The company works closely with U.S. wireless operators and The mGive Foundation (www.mgive.org) to process donations and ensure that 100 percent of the proceeds collected go directly to the nonprofit entity. Organizations interested in launching mobile donation campaigns for relief efforts can contact mGive at 866.720.3350 to get started.

About mGive
mGive is changing the way people give. Established in 2005, mGive created the United States mobile donation market by introducing the first mobile donation platform tailored to nonprofit organizations. Today, more than 85 percent of domestic mobile donations are powered by mGive who serves more than 500 leading nonprofit organizations and has launched over 7,000 mobile campaigns. The mGive platform offers scalable, enterprise-level solutions using text messaging for donor engagement and fundraising. For more information please call 866.720.3350 or visit www.mGive.com.

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Press Contact:
Cassie Bair, Director of Marketing

mGive

866.720.3350

cbair@mgive.com

 

Leading mobile platform provider gains B Corporation Certification

DENVER, Colo. February 16, 2011 – Mobile Accord, (www.mobileaccrod.com) the leading enterprise mobile platform provider dedicated to driving social change through the mobile phone, and its subsidiary mGive, (www.mGive.com) today announced that it is has become a Certified B Corporation. B Corporations use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

“The vision for establishing a B Corporation certification, to create a new sector of the economy which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, directly aligns with the mission of Mobile Accord and its subsidiary, mGive,” said James Eberhard, Founder and Chairman of Mobile Accord. “We at Mobile Accord feel that commercial entities such as ourselves, who aspire to change the world through social impact, should have a platform that provides the means for engaging and networking with similar organizations. The B Corporations certification provided us with the ideal opportunity to leverage a network of resources and become part of an organizational community with parallel goals.”

Certified B Corporations meet rigorous, independent social and environmental performance standards. They are creating greater economic opportunity, strengthening local communities and preserving our environment. B Corps are unlike traditional businesses because they meet comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards, meet higher legal accountability standards, and build business constituency for good business.

“Becoming a Certified B Corp recognizes Mobile Accord as a leader in a much bigger movement to create a better way of doing business,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co founder of B Lab. “On the heels of economic and environmental disasters, Americans are hungry for a better way to do business.”

About B Corp

Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of October 2010, there are just under 400 Certified B Corporations from over 70 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion marketplace.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Lab’s GIIRS impact rating system by institutional investors; and 3) promoting supportive public policies, including creation of a new corporate form and tax, procurement, and investment incentives for sustainable business.

About mGive

mGive is changing the way people give. Established in 2005, mGive created the United States mobile donation market by introducing the first mobile donation platform tailored to nonprofit organizations. Today, more than 85 percent of domestic mobile donations are powered by mGive who serves more than 500 leading nonprofit organizations and has launched over 7,000 mobile campaigns. The mGive platform offers scalable, enterprise-level solutions using text messaging for donor engagement and fundraising. For more information please call 866.720.3350 or visit www.mgive.com.

About Mobile Accord

Mobile Accord, founded in 2005, is the leading enterprise mobile platform provider dedicated to driving social change through the mobile phone. Mobile Accord empowers individuals and entire countries to facilitate change using our revolutionary scalable services including mobile giving, mobile payments/banking, mobile location enhanced polling, mobile social networking, and mobile emergency alert systems. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Mobile Accord currently operates services across three continents. For more information please call 866.720.3350 or visit www.mobileaccord.com.

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Press Contacts:
Bre Zigich
Mobile Accord
Office Phone: +1 303.531.5505 x28
Email: bzigich@mobileaccord.com  

UPDATE: Over $41 Million in text message donations raised for the Red Cross raised as of June 2010

Over 2 million Americans have responded with unprecedented generosity by texting ‘HAITI’ to 90999 in the first five days


DENVER, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — The American public continued to respond generously to the disaster in Haiti by donating funds to support the relief effort using their mobile phones. The Red Cross Haiti mobile giving campaign has raised the largest amount ever for a text message charitable giving program, demonstrating the power and potential of mobile giving.

During peak giving periods, the mGive platform processes more than ten thousand dollars in text donations per minute. The mGive platform, which allows users to easily donate $10 to the Red Cross Haiti relief fund, has been the standard for mobile giving since 2008. Since that time, the mGive platform processed, reported, and audited all mobile donations in the US and is the platform of choice for high-volume campaigns like fundraising for the current crisis in Haiti.

Just hours after the earthquake, Katie Stanton at the U.S. State Department called James Eberhard, Chairman and CEO of Mobile Accord, the parent company for mGive. Eberhard was in Pakistan at the time, working on a mobile community solution. Within hours, the Red Cross, Mobile Accord’s mGive team, and the wireless community had created the capability for donors to text Haiti to 90999.

“mGive helped make technological history by working with the U.S. Department of State to establish a program quickly that has allowed more than 2 million Americans to direct support people in need in Haiti,” said Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Over 2 million Americans have taken a few moments to text “HAITI” to 90999 since the program was activated. In five days, the program has raised over $22 million dollars. Normally, funds from mobile campaigns are distributed to charitable organizations within 60-90 days as donations are collected through normal billing cycles. Given the urgency of the Haitian disaster, all major wireless carriers will expedite the distribution of funds. The wireless carriers and mGive waived all normal fees so 100 percent of every dollar donated will go to Haitian relief efforts.

“The devastation in Haiti has brought out the very best in people, and we feel it is our duty to do everything we can to help,” said James Eberhard, Chairman and CEO of Mobile Accord. “When we created the mobile giving channel we had always hoped to never have to use it in a situation like this, but in the wake of such a catastrophe, it has empowered all Americans with the ability to quickly respond and make an impact.”

For those who want to donate to the Red Cross effort in Haiti, a simple text message contributes $10 to the relief effort, billed to the donor’s mobile bill.

How to contribute:

  • Text the word HAITI to 90999 to give $10.
  • When prompted, reply with YES to confirm your one-time gift.
  • The $10 one-time donation will appear on your next mobile bill
  • Receipts can be printed at mGive.org/receipt

The mGive Foundation is currently working with the wireless carriers to expedite payment to the Red Cross. Jenifer Snyder, Executive Director of the Foundation said, “The wireless carriers are working to ensure that these funds reach the Red Cross as quickly as possible. The donations raised through text messages will have a substantial impact upon the rescue and relief efforts.”

Mobile Accord’s mGive service enables charities to collect donations and manage campaigns via mobile phones. Learn more: www.mGive.com

About mGive and Mobile Accord

Mobile Accord is the innovator and leader in mobile technology for nonprofit organizations, powering mobile donations in the United States. Founded in 2005, Mobile Accord was the first company in the U.S. to offer mobile tools specifically built for nonprofit organizations. Mobile Accord serves more than 200 leading U.S. philanthropic organizations and has raised more 95% of all funds raised via mobile giving. The mGive Foundation is the charitable partner of Mobile Accord.

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In his speech on Tuesday, December 1st, President Obama delivered a speech to the nation on Afghanistan and Pakistan and in his address, he delivered a special message directly to the people of Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of State working with the White House then dubbed this special message into Arabic, Dari, Pashtu, Punjabi and Urdu for distribution on mobile devices.

Secretary Clinton following the President’s speech also created a special message to reach the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. To distribute her message on mobile devices, this was also dubbed into Arabic, Dari, Pashtu, Punjabi and Urdu.

With Internet penetration relatively low in the region (around 2% for Afghanistan and 11% for Pakistan), the U.S. Department of State sought new ways to use technology to share these messages.  52 percent of the 177 million people in Pakistan and 30 percent of the 28.4 million in Afghanistan have mobile devices, according to the White House.

The mobile videos of President Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton’s messages can be viewed at ourSMSvoice.com

Mobile Accord powers the technology hosting President Obama and Secretary Clinton’s mobile message.  In addition, Mobile Accord powers Humari Awaz (“Our Voice”), Pakistan’s first mobile social network.

Humari Awaz enables Pakistanis to build mobile-based networks around shared interests and themes.  Users can register for keywords to send alerts and subscribe to text message alerts all through the mobile device.  The U.S. State Department is supporting the program and is covering the costs of the first 24 million Humari Awaz messages.

President Obama had this message to deliver to the people of Afghanistan:

The people of Afghanistan have endured violence for decades. They’ve been confronted with occupation — by the Soviet Union, and then by foreign al Qaeda fighters who used Afghan land for their own purposes. So tonight, I want the Afghan people to understand — America seeks an end to this era of war and suffering. We have no interest in occupying your country. We will support efforts by the Afghan government to open the door to those Taliban who abandon violence and respect the human rights of their fellow citizens. And we will seek a partnership with Afghanistan grounded in mutual respect — to isolate those who destroy; to strengthen those who build; to hasten the day when our troops will leave; and to forge a lasting friendship in which America is your partner, and never your patron.

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In a post on DIPNOTE, The U.S. Department of State’s Official blog, Ashley Bommer, Special Advisor to Special Representative to Afghanistan & Pakistan Richard Holbrooke gave some great insight into the people of Pakistan and the conflict in the nation.  In the changing face of the nation, she discusses the current needs of the people and what the State Department is doing to help the people and give them hope.

Ms. Bommer recounts an email from The Director of Wireless at the Ministry of Information and Technology, writing, ” Social Connection can transform society and in Pakistan there is immense opportunity for using technology to deploy citizen centric services, that can help bring about socio economic change for the Pakistani people. Active involvement of Pakistani stakeholders both in the public and private sectors will be crucial to achieve optimal results.

The efforts of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are also discussed along with her support of Humari Awaz (“Our Voice”), Pakistan’s first mobile social network.  Clinton says that Humari Awaz is, “a service you can use on your cell phone to distribute news stories, to invite people to an event, to share your thoughts and opinions, to report problems that you see, to call for actions to solve those problems.”

Humari Awaz enables Pakistanis to build mobile-based networks around shared interests and themes.  Users can register for keywords to send alerts and subscribe to text message alerts all through the mobile device.  The U.S. State Department is supporting the program and is covering the costs of the first 24 million Humari Awaz messages.

Read the Entire Post- Secretary Clinton Encourages Use of New Media Communications in Pakistan

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