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The New Giving Trend: Cell Phones

Have you noticed it? Cell phones have been everywhere for quite some time. But here’s the new trend—what do you do with that old cell phone?

There are more and more companies who want to answer that question for you. There are now recycling kiosks. There are even companies who want to buy old cell phones for use in third world companies.

Make no mistake. For the cell phone companies, it’s all about selling those minutes. On the other hand, if you are a non profit ministry, don’t make the mistake of failing to pursue the donation opportunity.

Cell phones can be donated and recycled or resold. Cell phone donation campaigns work especially well inside of non profits. A ministry can go to their donor base, ask them to donate cell phones and ask their corporate donors to pursue cell phone donations. It’s a win win for everyone.

The corporate donors get the benefit of being a “green company.” On the other hand, they can use the donation campaign to raise money for their favorite charity. When coupled with volume—pure numbers of cell phones donated—the dollars can be meaningful.

Just make sure to align yourself with a reputable cell phone donation company. My personal favorite is

William High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Christian Community Foundation. Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity. He may be reached at

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. » Learn More. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously.

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