sunny.png
Sunday September 22nd, 2019 10:53AM

Facebook pledges $50M a year to match relief donations

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is pledging $50 million a year to match disaster-relief donations, part of a bevy of tools and efforts around charitable causes the social media giant announced on Wednesday.

The pledge isn't all new money, but represents an effort to formalize matches Facebook has already been making on an ad-hoc basis. For example, it matched user donations up to $1 million for Hurricane Harvey relief earlier this year. The company says it has not yet determined how it will distribute the money.

Facebook also said it will give relief organizations such as the Red Cross access to data on what users need and where they are during a disaster.

While Facebook users can already see individual pleas and offers for help, relief groups will get a broader set of aggregated, organized data similar to what Facebook sees. That includes real-time maps showing where people need help, whether that's water, shelter or baby supplies.

"Sometimes there are hundreds of thousands of posts and it's really hard to scroll through all of them," said Naomi Gleit, Facebook's vice president of social good.

The company announced the new features during its Social Good Forum in New York, a gathering for nonprofits and individuals using the site to help with various causes.

Facebook is also launching a mentorship program that pairs people from nonprofits with people who need support. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that while Facebook is typically "connecting you with people you may know," the program is meant to help connect you "with people you should know."

Facebook is also expanding its fundraising tools beyond the U.S. and eliminating the fees it had been charging for people using its service to raise money for various causes.

  • Associated Categories: Local/State News, Associated Press (AP), AP Business, AP Business - Personal Finance, AP Technology News
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Facebook pledges $50M a year to match relief donations
Facebook is pledging $50 million a year to match disaster-relief donations, part of a bevy of tools and efforts around charitable causes the social media giant announced on Wednesday.
3:53PM ( 4 minutes ago )
The Latest: Japan says world must keep up pressure on NKorea
Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho says the international community must "keep the pressure up so that North Koreans will understand that they need to change their course."
3:40PM ( 17 minutes ago )
Argentina sentences 'Angel of Death' to life in prison
An Argentine court is sentencing a former navy captain known as the "angel of death" to life in prison for dictatorship-era human rights violations committed at a clandestine detention and torture center
3:36PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump stumps for tax bill with populist pitch in Missouri
President Donald Trump is making a public show of trying to win over Democratic votes for the Republican tax cut package, even as GOP officials have written that off as an unlikely outcome
3:17PM ( 41 minutes ago )
Trump health pick parries questions on drug cost, health law
Trump health pick pledging to work for lower drug prices; says he'd carry out health law despite president's distaste for 'Obamacare'
3:15PM ( 42 minutes ago )
The Latest: Pelosi says no one has 'license to harass'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says "no matter how great the legacy, it is not a license to harass and abuse."
3:03PM ( 54 minutes ago )
AP Business
Prospects brighter for tax overhaul, success not assured
GOP leaders toiled behind the scenes Wednesday in hopes of readying a long-anticipated tax bill for a floor debate
12:40PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Yellen enjoys warm reception as tenure nears end
The Latest: Yellen enjoys warm reception as tenure nears an end
11:42AM ( 4 hours ago )
The Latest: Yellen sees need to keep raising rates gradually
The Latest: Yellen says Fed sees need to keep raising rates gradually
11:18AM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Business - Personal Finance
The Latest: Japan says world must keep up pressure on NKorea
Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho says the international community must "keep the pressure up so that North Koreans will understand that they need to change their course."
3:40PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Argentina sentences 'Angel of Death' to life in prison
An Argentine court is sentencing a former navy captain known as the "angel of death" to life in prison for dictatorship-era human rights violations committed at a clandestine detention and torture center
3:36PM ( 22 minutes ago )
The Latest: House OKs anti-harassment training bill
The House has easily approved a bipartisan measure requiring lawmakers and staff to take annual anti-harassment training
3:34PM ( 24 minutes ago )
San Francisco pushes forward with legal marijuana sales
San Francisco leaders have overcome deep divisions about how to regulate legal recreational marijuana in the densely packed city, approving pot-friendly rules that could allow sales to start the first week of January
3:33PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Yellen suggests a continuation of gradual rate hikes
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen projects continuation of gradual Fed rate hikes
3:29PM ( 29 minutes ago )