Text 2 Donate Reflection

Thanks to everyone for your support in listening to my presentation.  I’ve never really been one to talk in front of a group.  I much prefer one-on-one conversation, but it wasn’t so bad!  

Although Text 2 Donate is an easy and convenient way for many to send quick and instant donations, it’s not necessarily what’s best for the non-profit you’re donating to.  As you saw from the presentation, it’s very expensive for the non-profit to implement and use.  In fact, it’s not even feasible for many smaller non-profits like the one I work for.

Just for comparison’s sake, I thought I’d tell you how much we currently spend on our online donation system through Network for Good.

Monthly fee:
Mobile Giving Foundation – $649
Network for Good – $49.99

Fee per donation:
Mobile Giving Foundation – 6.7%
Network for Good – 3%

Here’s another perspective for you:  For the $600 a month that we would be charged for Text 2 Donate, we can provide outpatient services for 3  people living with serious mental illness like schizophrenia.  How would you want your donation to be used?  To fund the use of a fancy Text 2 Donate system or on services? 

I hope that you found this information useful in deciding the best way to donate — not just for you, but also for the non-profit you’re donating to and those that they serve.   Thanks!

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