Doin’ Good: 20 Places You Can Text Holiday Donations To

Raise your hand if you’re reading this article from your phone.

Know what else you can do with your phone?  Help support great organizations.

‘Tis the season for giving, and who better to give to than the non-profits that fight diseases, make dreams a reality, and show us the everyday rockstars who work tirelessly to make the world a better place?

But change typically can’t come without funding, which is why, since the massive text donations following the Haiti earthquakes, charities and non-profits have been jumping on the mobile giving wagon through

mGive also has a mobile app available through the iTunes store for more charitable giving on the go.

It’s easy to text your donations.  If an organization you support has an account set up, simply text their keyword to a shared short code they have with other campaigns.  A $5 or $10 fee will be added to your wireless bill that month, then transferred to the organization.

There are many participating organizations that you can text your donations to.  Here’s just a sample of the non-profits who are making it easier for you to give support:

1. American Heart Association is committed to fighting heart disease and stroke: Text “HEART” to “90999″ to give $5

2. American Red Cross Relief provides disaster relief and services to help the needy, collects and distributes donated blood: Text “REDCROSS” to “90999″ to give $10

3. Amnesty international USA, a Nobel Prize-winning grassroots campaign working to end human rights abuses, including violence against women: Text “RIGHTS” to “90999″ to give $5

4. Autism Society of America, the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, working to increase public awareness of autism: Text “AUTISM” to “50555″ to give $10

5. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the largest American grassroots working to prevent gun violence through the enactment and enforcement of gun legislation: Text “BRADY” to “50555″ to give $5

6. City of Hope is a biomedical research, treatment and educational institution dedicated to preventing and curing HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses: Text “GIVEHOPE” to “90999″ to give $5

7. Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s largest organization fighting the war on drugs through policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights: Text “DPA” to “50555″ to give $10

8. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is dedicated to preventing and fighting pediatric HIV through research and advocacy: Text “HIVFREE” to “90999″ to give $5

9. Food Bank for NYC works to end hunger by providing 68 million pounds of food to more than 1,000 food programs every year: Text “FBNYC” to “50555″ to give $10

10. Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses: Text “WISH” to “90999″ to give $5

11. Operation Smile is a volunteer medical services organization that provides reconstructive facial surgery to indigent children and young adults: Text “SMILE” to “90999″ to give $5

12. PETA, a campaign based on the principle that animals are not for us to wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment: Text “PETA” to “27722″ to give $10

13. Starlight Starbright Foundation improves quality of life for seriously ill children and their families and helps them cope with pain, fear and isolation by providing entertainment, education and family activities: Text “STAR” to “90999″ to give $5

14. Sundance Institute is dedicated to discovery and development of independent artists and audiences: Text “FILM” to “50555″ to give $10

15. Susan G. Komen For the Cure is the world’s largest network of breast cancer survivors and activists: Text “KOMEN” to “90999″ to give $10

16. United Nations Foundation is dedicated to protecting human rights around the world: Text “CERF” to 90999 to give $5

17. United Service Organizations, the primary bridge between civilians and US Armed Forces, provides morale-boosting, counseling and recreational services to military personnel: Text “USO” to “90999″ to give $5

18. V-Day, a global movement working to end violence against women through performances, education and networking: Text “JOY” to “50555″ to give $10

19. VH-1 Save the Music is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools: Text “MUSIC” to “50555″ to give $10

20. Waterkeeper Alliance provides public advocates for bodies of water: Text “GULF” to “50555″ to give $10

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jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago


Kelly M.
Kelly R7 years ago

Shared on Facebook.


I'm mexican. How can i text a donation? this way for helping its brilliant and practical.

Sue H.
Sue H7 years ago

Thanks very much for posting this.

Zee Kallah
.7 years ago

Perhaps it is time and we, the common people, must take the heros by the hand and guide them.

We must discipline and watch those in offices that once held heros.

We, the busy, overworked, unpaid, despairing people must take the "heros" (hah!) and lead them by the hand. We must slap those hands or put candies into them.

Lord, we need heros.

Has our nation back slidden so much that you have taken away the heros?

For, behold, the LORD, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water.

The mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet and the prudent and the ancient.

The captain of fifty and the honourable man and the counsellor and the cunning artificer and the eloquent orator.

And I will give children to be their princes and babes shall rule over them.

And the people shall be oppressed,Isaiah 3:1-5

Wake up, America.

We are like ancient Israel just before Jerusalem was invaded.

Wake up, turn to Creator and repent!

There is only a little time left.

Jason R.
Past Member 7 years ago

Stick with the Salvation army if you must. They keep the least. Red Cross regional managers make $420k a year!

John C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Thank you!

Lynn C.
Lynn C7 years ago

Thank you for the list. My giving will have to wait until after the 1st, but will give to a few of these. Amnesty International USA for sure. Will also give to Southern Poverty Law Center, Innocence Project, Doctors Without Borders, and if the money lasts, Seva.

Jason R.
Past Member 7 years ago

I will never give to a foundation that KEEPS 85%of donations. Haiti is a prime example. $850 million was given. All but $722 million made it there.

850 got them 122!

clara H.
Clara Hamill7 years ago

Most of these are good except Peta who don't care about animals but themselves. They are mostly bullies who try to push their vegan diet on people. They have a bad track record of supporting groups that damage things and are militant. Give to a real shelter not these losers.