Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SXU launches new "Text to Give" mobile giving program

Donors can support SXU's Class Gift Fund and the Saint Xavier Fund via text message

Saint Xavier University's Department for University Advancement is pleased to announce a new "Text to Give" mobile giving campaign to benefit the University's Class Gift Fund and the Saint Xavier Fund.

The program allows donors to make $10 donations using their mobile phones through Give by Cell, an approved mobile giving technology provider. You can make a gift to the Class Gift Fund by texting CLASSGIFT with your first and last name to 20222. Or you can make a gift to the Saint Xavier Fund by texting SXU with your first and last name to 20222. Donors can give multiple times a month depending on your carrier. Donations are tax deductible, and pledges are billed through your monthly cell phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply.

The class gift is a tradition of each graduating class at Saint Xavier University. Every year, graduating students choose to show their loyalty and support for SXU by donating to the class gift fund. The class gift allows for permanent improvements to be made on campus in the name of your graduating class. This year, the Class of 2012 chose to leave their legacy by beautifying Lake Marion. The 2012 Class Gift Committee chose to focus on Lake Marion because it is a traditional landmark on the Chicago campus, and is a space that the entire SXU community can enjoy.

The Saint Xavier Fund provides much needed scholarships for more than 90 percent of undergraduate students and 50 percent of graduate students. It also helps the University attract and retain outstanding faculty members, and maintain campus facilities. Loyal support from alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, and students ensures that the traditions of academic excellence and altruism continue at SXU.

About Give by Cell: Give by Cell is one of a select group of approved providers of mobile giving technology, licensed by the Mobile Giving Foundation (MGF) to provide text message donation services. The company provides qualifying nonprofits with services to capture text message donations and reach a new generation of first-time donors. Give by Cell is a division of Guide by Cell Inc., the world’s largest provider of mobile technologies to nonprofits and cultural institutions. Services include cell phone audio tours, text message services, iPhone and Smartphone applications mobile web, and mobile training. For further information, visit www.givebycell.com.

About Mobile Giving Foundation: The Mobile Giving Foundation (MGF) was founded in 2007 to create a “mobile giving channel” that empowers non-profit organizations and donors. Working with North America’s top mobile carriers, the MGF enables the mobile channel for charitable giving by providing the organizational layer, operational guidelines and technical infrastructure for non profit organizations and donors to use the incredible power and convenience of mobile technology. The "Mobile Giving Channel" gives wireless users a simple and immediate way to receive and respond to appeals from worthy causes with the donation charged back to the carrier bill and 100% of the donation going to the designated charity. For further information, refer to the MGF Web site at www.mobilegiving.org.

A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Users must be age 18 or older or have parental permission to participate. By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of Saint Xavier University by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message and Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 20222, or text HELP to 20222 for help. Privacy Policy: http://mobilegiving.org/privacy/Default.aspx.


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Media Contact:
Karla Thomas, Executive Director of Media Relations
(773) 298-3937 or kthomas@sxu.edu

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