As we ring in the New Year, millions of people make resolutions to change their lives for the better, hoping to lose weight, quit smoking, spend more time with their families or make other life improvements.
The season of giving inspires many to resolve to help people around them and make the world a better place.
Vodacom, via a newly launched web and mobi-site, can now help you carry the spirit of goodwill and giving through the coming year. They have created a place where you can find opportunities to donate your time and money to non-profit organisations (NPOs) who need help.
This online platform enables the public to search for an NPO, read their basic profile, view what projects and needs they have, contact them and SMS to a dedicated short code to make a cash donation in a safe and easy way.
This initiative forms part of the Vodacom Change the World (CtW) programme, a ground-breaking programme that enables volunteers to work for any NPO of their choice for a year, at no cost to the volunteer and host organisation.
"The Vodacom Change the World initiative, now in its third successful year, is unable to accommodate everyone who has applied to be a volunteer and we have had to turn away hundreds of South Africans who wanted to make a difference. Through our newly launched public participation platform, Vodacom can provide everyone with an opportunity to participate and rally behind their preferred NPO through volunteering time, goods or cash," says Maya Makanjee, chief officer corporate affairs at Vodacom.
Phase one will see the public participation platform comprising the 20 NPOs that have taken part in the Vodacom Change the World 2011 and 2012 programme. Phase two will see the list grow to 40 organisations in April. Thereafter, the platform will be open to all NPOs to register themselves.
"Our vision is to eventually enable all South Africans to give to NPOs through our mobile technology platforms, ensuring that 100% of the donations reach the hundreds of credible NPOs that will benefit from the platform."
Makanjee adds that Vodacom is excited about working in close partnership with the Praekelt Foundation and Sunday Times to ensure that the programme lives up to its full potential by helping to make a difference to those in need.
Marcha Neethling from Praekelt Foundation says: "We were excited and honoured when approached by Vodacom to partner with them on this campaign. We have built a web solution that will provide much needed assistance for the NPO sector. With more households in South Africa having cell phones than computers, combining mobile web access and SMS donations substantially increases the reach of this initiative; making it easier for all to get involved."
Meanwhile, Sunday Times editor, Ray Hartley encourages the Sunday Times readers to use the platform to help make a difference.
The Vodacom public participation platform will give all South Africans - irrespective of which mobile network they belong to, the opportunity to donate money through a direct fundraising channel by way of SMS donations. Vodacom customers will be able to donate free of charge with all proceeds going to their nominated NPO.
Vodacom customers can choose to donate any amount from R5 - R200 in increments of R1 (total payments limited to R200 per month) by sending their chosen NPOs keyword and an amount they wish to donate, to 30100. (Neither Vodacom, the Vodacom Trust, nor any of our respective agents will deduct or retain any portion of the donation Vodacom customers make using CtW, nor receive any commission, interest, rebate or other profit on any donation.)
Other network subscribers can donate a fixed amount of R30 per SMS at a premium rate by sending their NPO keyword to 42600. (Applicable fees are paid to the WASP that facilitates the donation. 100% of what Vodacom collects from other network operators will be donated to the relevant NPOs.)
Vodacom Customers - SMS 30100
Non-Vodacom Customers - SMS 42600
|1000 Hills Community Helpers||CTW 1|
|Algoa Bay Council for the Aged||CTW 2|
|Association for People with Disabilities in Polokwane||CTW 3|
|Committee for Crime Prevention in Kimberley||CTW 4|
|East London Child and Youth Care Centre||CTW 5|
|FAMSA Upington||CTW 6|
|Free State Care in Action||CTW 7|
|Free State Residential Care||CTW 8|
|Ikamva la Bantu||CTW 9|
|Jo’burg Child Welfare||CTW 10|
|Ndlovu Care Group||CTW 11|
|New Beginningz||CTW 12|
|Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (Noah)||CTW 13|
|Opkyk Pathways Therapy and Education Centre||CTW 14|
|SANCA Lowveld||CTW 15|
|Sizanani Children's Home||CTW 16|
|SPCA Sandton||CTW 17|
|The Smile Foundation||CTW 18|
|The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSIBA)||CTW 19|
|Waterberg Welfare Society||CTW 20|
About Vodacom Change the World:
Vodacom Change the World (CtW) is a ground-breaking programme that takes corporate philanthropy in a new direction. CtW, first launched in South Africa in October 2010, is part of the global World of Difference (WOD) initiative, which has successfully been launched in 20 Vodafone countries. This initiative enables volunteers to work for the charity / non-profit organisation (NPO) of their choice for a specified period, at no cost to the volunteer and host organisation.
With this programme, Vodacom contributes towards skills development and helps create a culture of volunteering, through the "transfer of human capital". By relieving NPOs of the burden of paying for the services of skilled volunteers with a passion to work for a good cause, the programme provides much needed expertise to the NPO.