In response to the earthquake Haiti, mobile carriers gave mobile phone donations to relief groups as soon as you texted. But for Japan, they weren’t, which meant 30 to 90 days between sending your text message and a donation reaching Japan.
When he learn this, Masaya Uchino sprang into action – creating a petition that called on the mobile companies to remit donations for Japan in the same way they did for Haiti. One of his Senators, Barbara Boxer, took note of his efforts and joined the call – writing all the CEOs of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon asking them to expedite donations.
Around the world, people like you and me are responding in any way we can to help Japan. But one of the easiest ways to help - texting to give by mobile - actually isn't the help it sounds like.
During the response to Haiti, cellphone companies processed mobile donations to relief organizations right away. But for Japan, they aren't making this same exception and it could take as much as 90 days for donations to reach people in need.
Please help convince them to immediately processes donations so donations reach where they are needed now.
For more information visit the mGiving Foundation: "How long does it take for my charity to receive the funds? In response to the Haiti Relief Effort, carriers are remitting donations immediately to nonprofit organizations. Generally, the typical time frame for remittance is based upon the billing cycles of the donors and can take, on average, 90 days from time of donation for the charity to receive the funds."