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Mobile Giving - NTEN 2010

posted Apr 10, 2010, 8:01 PM by George Weiner   [ updated Jun 23, 2010, 8:54 PM ]

Nonprofit Technology Conference
Atlanta, Georgia

YouTube Video

This presentation was done with I will hopefully get the video from this event soon.

My point was that mobile giving does not make sense for 95% of charities because it is cost prohibitive and most don't have a mobile list large enough to sustain ongoing giving. Start with mobile communication! 

This made for an interesting presentation because people thought we were going to be pitching mobile giving solutions. In addition, many ASPs, the MGF, and Mgive were in the audience - so they had a lot to say.

I hope the presentation encouraged charities to collect mobile numbers, use a free services like  for proof of concept and begin with mobile communication. 

Presentation attached to post at bottom.

Mobile giving and Why you're bad at poker  - My Huffpo article


Session Overview
Session title:
Mobile Fundraising: Case Studies, Strategies & Social Media - [149]

North American’s gave over $37 million to Haiti through Text2Give.  It’s obvious that Text2Give works in the midst of a tragedy, but how can it work for your nonprofit? What are the best practices? What other mobile applications exist, and how can your organization build or benefit from such applications?

This discussion will focus primarily on practical and tactical usage of Text2Give, and other mobile tools available to nonprofits. Attendees will be walked through several case studies, and get an in depth dissection of what has been successful and what hasn’t.


1. Mobile Giving: Text-to-give case studies
2. Other mobile applications, and where to get started
3. How social media and mobile intersect

George Weiner,
Apr 10, 2010, 8:12 PM