Web/Mobile Giving

Social Media for Discovery not Decision Making (full quote from the Brookings Web forum)

I finally tracked down the quote from the Brookings Web forum from June 28, 2011 "How Social Networking Can Reinvigorate American Democracy and Civic Participation" (page with video and link to transcript here). It was from Macon Phillips, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Digital Strategy at The White House." Here's the full text of his comment:

Mobile Giving

Making contributions to nonprofit organization with text messages is taking off rapidly. If can provide benefits for nonprofit organizations large and small not to mention time-pressed donors who can act quickly on the urge to contribute without worrying about giving out credit card numbers or suffering those pesky paper cuts from traditional mailed-in donations. Following up on the 1/26 Roundtable segment, here are some URLs for some of the main players in this world:


  • Trusted third parties work with mobile carriers, nonprofits, and application service providers to help provide trustworthy and verified relations. In the US, there are two of these at the moment; both are nonprofits themselves.
  • Application service providers provide technical and marketing expertise to nonprofits; they also work on the nonprofit's behalf with the trusted third parties. Most of these also work in the for-profit work; many of them are for-profit organizations themselves. Each works with one of the trusted third parties. In the data on this page, each ASP affiliation is listed.


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