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Google Announces $20 Million Donation To Charities
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This week, tens of millions of people are resuming their normal work/school habits, perhaps packing up holiday decorations and definitely returning to less-than-merry states of mind.  But Google’s not quite through being cheery, as the company announced this morning that it’s donating $20 million to charity.

Google Raises $1 Million in Charity From Chrome Extension
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Last week, Google launched a Chrome extension in which every tab users opened would contribute to charitable donations to The Nature Conservancy, charity: water, Un Techo para mi País, Doctors Without Borders, and Room to Read for planting trees, providing clean water, building sh

Livestrong Aims to Beat #beatcancer Hashtag Record

LiveStrong CEO Doug Ulman spoke at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo today, where he announced an initiative to beat a record set last year for tweets with the #beatcancer hashtag. Last year’s record was 209,000 and change. This time PayPal and SWAGG will donate 5 cents for every hashtag. It starts at 9:00 AM on 10/15. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Announces Startup:Education
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As noted earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to public schools, starting in Newark, New Jersey. He’s set up a foundation called Startup:Education. 

Facebook Goes Back to the University, A New Spin on Online Charities
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Facebook has launched a "Universities on Facebook" page to "help students and campus organizations discover how to take full advantage of Facebook’s features to publicize events, distribute content, and foster community and school spirit."

The company has also acquired an interesting search patent for ranking based on click frequency.

PayPal Adds Donation Feature to iPhone, iPad App

PayPal has launched an update to its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It now has a donation feature that lets users donate to over 23,000 charities in the U.S., UK. and Canada.

Using Social Media To Help Those In Need

One of the greatest aspects of social media is how it’s been adapted to helping charitable causes and non-profits.

From reacting to the Haiti disaster to raising funds for a kids school in Tanzania, social media continues to show just how much we can make a change where before we may have thought there was nothing we could do.

PayPal Talks This Year’s Twestival Efforts

Update: PayPal says this year, Twestival raised over $450,000 for Concern Worldwide.

Calling Upon Customers to Give Where it Matters to Them

Boulder, Colorado-based social software developer Giveo has just introduced a new way for brands to get customers engaged with their charitable giving efforts. It’s called Crowdgiver, and lets the customers of charitable brands have a say in where the company is donating its money. WebProNews had a chat with CEO Ed Messman about the product, which was first launched in private beta about a month ago.

Twitter Arranges for Free SMS Tweets in Haiti
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Twitter is offering free SMS tweets for Digicel Haiti customers. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone credits Director of Mobile Business Development Kevin Thau and the Twitter mobile team for arranging this service.

Google Lets AdSense Publishers Donate Earnings to Haiti Relief
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Google has launched an AdSense feature that lets AdSense publishers donate their earnings to Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

BusinessWire Offers Free Haiti-Related Press Release Distribution

Popular press release distribution site BusinessWire, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, is offering its services for free to companies and organizations who are contributing to the aid of victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Such companies can push out free news releases with offers pertaining to supporting services, information, operations, and events directly related to rescue and recovery efforts.

Google Earmarks $20M For Charities As Holiday Gift To Everyone

Some time ago, Google established a tradition of sending top AdSense and AdWords users holiday gifts.  This year, it’s departing from that routine.  But people are going to have a hard time complaining about the decision, because instead, Google’s committed $20 million to a group of charities.

PayPal Wants You To Regift Fruitcakes For Charity

For the second year, PayPal is running the Regift the Fruitcake campaign, an effort to raise money for charity through the sharing of a virtual fruitcake. The slogan is, "By giving the gift no one wants, you’re giving the gift that everyone needs."

PayPal is asking people to participate by logging onto the site to create a fruitcake on behalf of a featured charity (there are 25 of them), make a donation to a charity using a PayPal account, and using Facebook Connect to regift the fruitcake to friends.

Ad Council Launches New AOL-Backed Social Site for PSAs

The Advertising Council, which is the leading producer of public service announcements in the United States, has unveiled a new site at MyAdCouncil.org. The site is intended to encourage advertising agencies, media companies, and advertisers to expand the reach of their PSAs by using social media platforms.

How Social Media is Changing Charity

Social media provides a great deal of tools and opportunities for reaching the masses, which makes for some ideal ways of marketing a business. The marketing potential of social media also means great things for charitable causes.

The emergence of social media has opened up a lot of doors for getting messages out there and spread wider than was ever possible before. What better way is there to find people who care about a specific cause and call upon them to take action? You’ve got Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, blogs, and countless other platforms.

Amazon Offers Payment Services for Charity Donations
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Amazon announced today that its Amazon Payments is now being accepted by a number of charities. Organizations include:

Twitter Officially Partners with First Charity
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Twitter has for the first time in the company’s (relatively short) history, formally partnered with a charity. The company has teamed up with Room to Read as part of a "Corporate Social Innovation" initiative.

Ask Continues Breast Cancer Awareness Efforts

Update: Ask has transormed its homepage into a Breast Cancer Memorial as the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived. The Ask.com homepage will continuously change throughout the day as tributes are added in honor of survivors, those living with breast cancer, and in memory of those lost to the disease.

Pizza Hut Aims to Feed Hungry Through Twitter
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Pizza Hut, a brand that has been in social media-related news in the past when they sought a Twittering intern, has now launched a campaign combining social media marketing with philanthropy.

The Twitter Shark Yet to Be Jumped

Update: Add finding lost people to the list.