DAYTON, OHIO, January 15, 2010 - In the wake of Haiti’s earthquake disaster, Americans are donating via text messages more than ever before. Your Better Business Bureau advises giving through text can be a safe and easy way—but you should still use caution.
Within days following the Haiti disaster, it was widely reported more than $3 million was donated through text message to such organizations as the Red Cross and others.
"It’s encouraging people are making small donations through text messages," said John North, BBB president and CEO. "An incredible amount of money will be needed to address the crisis in Haiti and charities will certainly welcome gifts made through any means available. However, donors should still do their due diligence to make sure their money is going to trustworthy charities."
Your BBB offers the following tips on giving through text messages:
Your BBB has compiled a list of charities seeking to provide assistance to the Haiti earthquake that meet BBB Standards for Charity Accountability at www.bbb.org/us/haiti-earthquake-relief/. Contact your BBB for more information on charitable appeals. Visit www.bbb.org or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.
About Your BBB Serving Dayton and the Miami Valley
Your BBB is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses earning BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. Your BBB provides objective advice, free business BBB Reliability ReportsTM and charity BBB Wise Giving ReportsTM and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, your BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, 126 BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada, evaluating and monitoring nearly 4 million local and national businesses and charities. Your BBB serving Dayton and the Miami Valley serves Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Darke, Miami, Preble, Shelby and northern Warren counties. Please visit www.bbb.org for more information about your BBB.