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How to make the most of your charitable donations

Some Web charities let you connect with the people who will benefit directly from your donation, while others allow you to vet a charity before you contribute to ensure your gift is really going to the people who need it.

By Dec. 18, 2012


iTunes now accepts donations for Hurricane Sandy relief

Too far away to help personally? You can use Apple's iTunes to contribute to the effort in other ways.

By Nov. 1, 2012


What impact will Facebook have on organ donations?

People are turning to social media to bridge the chasm between those in need of life-saving organs and those who can help. This offers hope but also introduces risks.

By May. 29, 2012


Why politicians love Twitter: Tweets drive real donations

A study after the presidential debate showed that Twitter users exposed to political tweets are twice as likely to donate as other users of the microblogging service.

By Oct. 10, 2012


TuneIn Radio adds police scanners, in-app donations

For real-time information as incidents are developing, nothing beats eavesdropping on the local police.

By Nov. 7, 2011


Privacy-protective ISP raises over $43,000 in donations in one day

Privacy may not be quite dead yet: proposal for surveillance-resistant Internet provider, which could become the ACLU's dream and the FBI's nightmare, finds some early fundraising success.

By Apr. 12, 2012


Diaspora about to hit $100,000 in donations

Four programmers have been raising money to build an open-source alternative to Facebook, and with Facebook's image under fire from both the press and the public, they've now raised an order of magnitude more than they intended to.

By May. 13, 2010


Mobile donations to Haiti exceed all in 2009

Since the tweet "Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to @RedCross relief" went viral, more than $8 million in donations surpasses mobile giving throughout all of 2009.

By Jan. 15, 2010


Getting it wrong on Amazon's charitable donations

Amazon shouldn't be measured on its giving to charity, just as corporations shouldn't be judged on their open-source contributions.

By Mar. 10, 2009


Study: Sites to bring in billions in holiday donations

Online donations in the United States could surpass $4 billion over the holidays, marketing firm Convio predicts. More than 63 percent of those surveyed plan to give via the Internet.

By Dec. 2, 2009