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Jan
19
2010

The intersection of geeks & giving

We embrace technology. If it's shiny and lights up and beeps, we want it. If it's got a jillion pixels and wifi and looks a little bit like a sonic screwdriver, even better. 

So when the outpouring of help for Haiti had a lot to do with new-fangled things like donating via text--text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross--it made us clutch our small qwerty devices even more than usual. Red Cross has raised $22 million so far just from texts. 

That's kind of amazing, but it's not the geekiest thing you could do.

Donate your l33t skillz

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If you have a few moments between TPS reports and tweeting about your lunch plans (or the disastrous after effects), you could spend it tagging photos and spotting missing person matches in the Haiti Earthquake Support Center, developed by The Extraordinaries. And it doesn't look like Facebook so your boss is less likely to bust you.

Or maybe you're a codemonkey with some hackery time to spare. Please consider donating your l33t skillz to Crisis Camps, a herd of geeks dedicated to leveraging tech for good in Haiti. Current projects include a Creole to English translator, a "Craiglist"-like request center, and an updated map of Haiti. You can of course work remotely, but cities with IRL Crisis Camps scheduled for the weekend of January 23-24 include Atlanta, Portland, Chicago, DC, Brooklyn, LA, Miami, Boston, and Boulder.

Donate directly to the cause

There's no shortage of charities looking for donations to support their work in Haiti, but here are a few organized by some of our geeky pals:

ontd_startrek: Help for Haiti has stepped up and created a Unicef group. They've raised $16,360.00 from 616 awesomesauce donors so far.

Geek Girls Network and Geeky Clean joined forces to create Geeks With Heart, a fundraising page hosted by Mercy Corp, who has response teams on the ground in Port-au-Prince. Help them meet their $1,000 goal! [UPDATE: Geeks With Heart are giving away prizes as well.]

And @fitzwillie and crew over at Geek Dad have set a $15,000 goal through FirstGiving, with every $15 you donate entering you into their prize giveaway. (And yes, we've kicked in some goodies towards their cause.)

If those don't suit your taste, check CharityNavigator.org to be sure the charity you choose is both legitimate and efficient. They've even set up a handy page with 4-star charities that benefit Haiti.

A geek in need

And as a reminder that bad things happen everywhere, a fire took Linux Journal editor Shawn Power's home in Michigan this weekend. His friends set up a special Chip-In charity group to help him keep his family warm while they deal with the aftermath. They're very close to their $10,000 goal, but don't let that stop you from pitching in.

If you're still in a give-ful mood, there's plenty more causes out there. From classrooms in need of basic materials (try DonorsChoose.org), to the fluffy and anerable (ASPCA, Best Friends), you'll find them all on CharityNavigator.org--it's a great starting place for doing good.

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meaningless icon! This is a great source of info guys. Passing this on via Twitter and Facebook..... NOW! Every little bit helps!
gloomcookie613 said this 1646 days ago.
meaningless icon! Prizes will be raffled off for #GeeksWithHeart too! Tune in Friday when we announce their awesomeness :D http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising/geekgirls
GeekyClean said this 1646 days ago.
meaningless icon! BoardGameGeek.com is rewarding with Geek Gold for donating to any Haitian relief charity! http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/485224/geekgold-matching-for-haitian-relief
BadCat said this 1646 days ago.

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