Digital and Social Media Giants Making It Easy To Donate

Apple's iTunes now offering instant donation option

Today’s Fresh Brew goes well beyond the borders of our own city to share with you some ways that you can use new digital and mobile tools to donate to those who are helping with the crisis in Japan following an 8.9 magnitude earthquake last week. We’ve compiled a list of resources we found through Mashable and checked the links for validity, but should you choose to use one of the links listed here to donate, we do encourage you to independently verify the information before proceeding.

Text: if you text REDCROSS to 90999, each text you send will provide $10 towards the Red Cross.

Facebook: donations from $10 to $500 to the Red Cross on Causes. You’ll need to log into Facebook once you’ve navigated to the link.

Zynga: the creator of the popular social games like CityVille, FrontierVille, and Farmville is partnering with Facebook to raise money for the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund. When players use Facebook credits to purchase specific goods within Zynga’s games, the company will donate 100% of the proceeds to the cause. Details of which goods can be found within the games, and more information can be found on’s Blog.

iTunes: Apple’s Donation Page in iTunes allows members to use their iTunes account to donate $5 – $200 to the Red Cross.

Twitter has also offered a list of hashtags to use to help members easily filter for information about the crisis in Japan, from finding loved ones to finding out emerging information. You can find more details on Mashable’s blog.



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