Starting mid-July of this year, GlobalGiving and M-Changa started a mobile giving pilot with our Kenyan nonprofit community. Today, we’re excited to announce that GlobalGiving now offers giving via M-Pesa for all projects.
M-Pesa is a mobile money platform based out of Kenya that allows for quick and easy transfers of funds to individuals, businesses, and organizations. Our partners at M-Changa use M-Pesa (along with a handful of other mobile money tools) to inspire local giving to nonprofits and individuals in Kenya.
We started working with M-Changa two years ago to explore whether mobile giving was a desired fundraising method for GlobalGiving partners and the greater Kenyan nonprofit community. We ran test campaigns, surveyed some of our local partners, and asked questions when we were visiting our community in the field.
We heard our Kenyan nonprofit community loud and clear: M-Pesa giving would be a helpful tool for their fundraising efforts locally.
Given this feedback, and the fact we had a great partner in M-Changa, we decided to pilot what having a local, mobile-giving option on GlobalGiving could look like.
So what does M-Pesa giving look like for donors? Giving via M-Pesa is simple. Any donor with a Kenyan M-Pesa account can make donations to your GlobalGiving project by following these instructions:
- Select “Pay Bill” from the M-Pesa menu.
- Enter the M-Changa business number 891300
- Enter your new GlobalGiving account number. This is “GG” followed by the project ID # for the project you hope to give to (this is on individual project pages but an example is GG123456)
- Enter the amount you wish to donate in Kenyan Shillings
- Enter your M-Pesa PIN
- Confirm that all details are correct
- You will receive a confirmation of the transaction via SMS
You can also direct donors to these instructions by clicking “View other ways to donate” on your project page, or add “donate/#mpesa” to the end of your project page’s URL.
The most important piece here is to ensure your donors use the correct project ID number. If an incorrect project ID number is used with your GlobalGiving account, the M-Changa team must be contacted to move that donation. You may email them at email@example.com or call them at +254 020 765 0919.
M-Changa (and M-Pesa) giving is not limited to our Kenyan partners! All projects on GlobalGiving can receive donations via M-pesa. Just use the process described above if you have supporters with a Kenyan M-Pesa account.