The Power of Giving (And How BlogTalkRadio Hosts Can Help)

Today, JD Lasica, strategist, marketer,  journalist, and blogger, launched his show on BlogTalkRadio, with special guest, Pamela Hawley, fougivingnder of Universal Giving.  JD is the founder of top social media blog, and, which focuses on social tools for the social good, and online philathropy.

In this timely interview, given the dire situation pamin Haiti, Pamela talks about the Universal Giving website, which allows people to give and volunteer with the top performing projects all over the world, and takes no cut of the donations.  Pamela also shares what she views as the best ways to donate to relief efforts in Haiti, as well as ways her site helps similar relief efforts year-round.

In addition, JD and Pamela touch on some of the corporations that are focusing on making a positive impact with their corporate social responsibility efforts.  Check out the chat, and keep an eye out for JD’s occasional shows that will spotlight  topics of interest to the social cause community.

If you, as a BlogTalkRadio host or listener, are looking for ways to get involved in the Haiti relief efforts, here are a few ways you can contribute and raise awareness with your show:

-Encourage listeners to contribute to one of the active text message donation systems:

Text “HAITI” to the number 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross
Text “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s foundation
Text “SAVE” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children

-Post a “Ways to Help” list on your show profile’s blog and mention it to listeners during your show.

-Visit Universal Giving and research organizations that speak to you.  Some groups providing healthcare include Partners in Health, and Doctors Without Borders.

-Leverage these lists of resources that have been published by other media outlets, and stay updated on how you can help:
USA Today
The Huffington Post

Leave us a comment telling us ways you’ve gotten involved with the effort in Haiti, and ways you are using your BlogTalkRadio show to get the word out.

6 thoughts on “The Power of Giving (And How BlogTalkRadio Hosts Can Help)

  1. Simon Applebaum

    On Tomorrow Will Be Televised, we’ve done news updates on the “Hope For Haiti” telethon organized by George Clooney that will run on all the broadcast networks and many cable channels Friday night. We’ve asked Centric general manager Paxton Baker and TVOne programming chief Toni Judkins–during interviews this past Monday and last Friday–whether they will run the telethon, as well as what their channels are doing individually for Haiti relief efforts. And this Friday, we’ll do a telethon update, as well as highlight Univision’s “Sabado Gigante” fund-raising special Saturday night, and other TV efforts.
    Something else I’m doing, and other BTR hosts/producers should do, is alert listeners to check out information on any Haiti relief charities they want to donate to, but don’t know about. There are some people out there who want to use this tragedy as a scam opportunity. Please encourage listeners to give and give generously, and do so to reputable agencies like the American Red Cross and UNICEF.
    Great work, JD, and thanks for posting this blog!

    Simon Applebaum
    Producer/Host, Tomorrow Will Be Televised
    (Mondays/most Fridays at 3 p.m. Eastern time/noon, Pacific time

  2. Simon Applebaum

    Update on my comment: Centric announced a few minutes ago that they will carry “Hope For Haiti.” Also on board: PBS, Showtime, Comedy Central, Current, Fuse and TNT, among other channels.

    Simon Applebaum
    Producer/Host, Tomorrow Will Be Televised

  3. Shaun Daily

    Also many websites will be carrying the telethon as well. Celebrities have stepped up in large order to appear on the telethon. Brad Pitt and President Clinton are the most notable of the latest celebs taking part.

    ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, and CMT at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT.

    “Hope for Haiti Now” will also air on newly added networks including PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, Centric, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health and Planet Green and Canadian networks including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic.

    The event will also be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL,, Yahoo,,,,, and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and FloTV.

    Shaun Daily

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