Charity and the Internet
Charity Fraud and On-Line Hoaxes – A Real Problem
When you donate to a charity, or forward an e-mail requesting charitable help, you want to be sure that it is legitimate. Read on for tips how to avoid charity fraud and scams.
Donate Your Birthday for Needy Students
When you donate your birthday at DonorsChoose.org, you ask family and friends to purchase supplies for needy classrooms across the country, instead of a present for you. Warning – giving away your birthday doesn’t keep you from aging by another year.
Lost Generation Video Inspires Change
This impactful video, which won an AARP @50 contest, has now been watched by millions on You Tube. It uses a clever trick to inspire change in the world.
Online Games for Charity
Sites like the hugely successful FreeRice.com enable folks to play some fun and educational games while donating food and water to tragically poor people across the globe.
Raise Funds by Browsing the Internet
The Yahoo-powered “Good Search” search engine makes a charitable donation of your choice just for searching the Internet. If you’re going to do it anyway, why not make a difference while browsing around?
Record and Track Life-Changing Actions On-Line
London-based “We Are What We Do” has turned its best-selling action books into a hugely popular website with nearly 4 million helpful actions recorded so far.
Social Networking for the Seriously Ill
The non-profit organization CaringBridge connects family and friends when someone is undergoing a serious health event.
Social Networking to Promote Your Cause
Are you part of a social network? Use that to your advantage. Join up and find ways to promote your charity for free.
Social “Networkanthropy;” a New Movement
Hugh Jackman has charitable organizations scrambling to convince him that they deserve to receive his $100,000 donation that he announced on his Twitter page. If charities want a chance at that donation, or the chance to grow their donor base, they better get up to speed on social networks.
Twenty million available for your charity ideas
How many times have you said, “If I only had the money, I could make life better for someone in need?” Now you’ve got the chance. Pepsi is offering $20 million in grants to fund great ideas that make a difference.
Wish Upon a Hero Connects Heroes with Causes
If you need help, forget the old “wish upon a star.” Just go to wishuponahero.com and post your wish. You never know.
“Any Wounded Soldier” HOAX
In yet another email hoax circulating since 2007, the originators just did not seem to do the proper research. Cards sent to “Any Wounded Soldier” at Walter Reed Army Medical Center will get returned to sender, or possibly destroyed!
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