Thursday, January 14, 2010

Donate Lexis Points To Help Haiti

Apparently the American Red Cross takes donations through Lexis points. As you're all probably aware, there is a huge humanitarian crisis in Haiti due to the earthquake and I'd say your Lexis points are worth more to the Red Cross than they are to your coffee budget, but that's just me.

So, if you agree, click the link below, go to rewards and click the donate to charity link. You'll find the Red Cross on the first page.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just donated 2250 points. I figured they need my $25 iTunes gift card more than I do.

1/14/2010 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea to post this! Thanks - just donated.

1/14/2010 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a 3L who has never used my points, so decided to wipe out my account on this

1/14/2010 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this, James.

Anyone looking to donate plain old cash (small amounts still help) might consider the following smaller, Haiti-specific organizations:

Partners in Health,

Yele Haiti,

Lambi Fund of Haiti,

Foundation HBS,

Also, "the usual suspects": some larger organizations with high efficiency ratings:

1/15/2010 8:13 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Thank you, 8:13.

Just as 8:13 noted, small donations work -- donations by text message have exceeded $5m mark. Here is how you can build on that number.

Donate $10 to Red Cross by texting "HAITI" to 90999 on your AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile plan.

Text 'Yele' to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

In either case (or both!) the donation will be billed to your wireless account. There is no fee or service charge - even for the text message.

Lastly, CBS News assures you this is not a scam.

1/15/2010 8:24 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Great idea, James.

Can we talk about how this textable donations thing is one of the greatest uses of technology ever? Who knows how many millions of people have not donated to such causes in the past because of the hassle? Now, they have no excuse, and I think the final totals will reflect that. Whoever came up with this deserves the nobel prize at least as much as President Obama.

1/15/2010 1:23 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Or maybe it WAS President Obama, in which case, prize well earned!

1/15/2010 1:23 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Tipped this to ATL just barely, and Lat says they are gonna throw it up in Non-Sequiters. Good job, team.

1/15/2010 2:37 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Has anyone figured out precisely what happens when my Lexis points are donated to the Red Cross? Is there a point-dollar ratio?

I poked around the Lexis site, but couldn't find anything.

1/15/2010 2:40 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

(I already donated my points, by the way - I was just curious about what happened with them.)

1/15/2010 2:40 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

I think they get turned into an giftcard, and then shipped to refugees around the world.

1/15/2010 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually and dorkily just emailed Amy Dhall before reading these comments to find out the ratio, because if they donate like $1 per 250 points then it's a better value to buy an iTunes gift card and donate $25 directly to the Red Cross. I'll update later if I hear back. Dorky fact that makes me happier you can write on here anonymously: you get about 1.3 cents per point if you buy a $25 iTunes gift card, which works out to $3.28/250 points.

1/15/2010 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's $4 for 250 points. This is Amy. If you want verification, email me. I don't want you to have a link to my blog anymore than you want me reading this one.

1/15/2010 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I was told $4 per 250 points, too. Also, there are some questions being raised about Yele-- I would go with a reputable organization (Unicef, World Vision, Red Cross, etc) for now.

1/16/2010 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would stay away from Yele. It doesn't have a good track record of using money wisely,

1/16/2010 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would strongly suggest against giving to yele. According to irs records, jean has taken almost half a million in consulting fees from his own charity. Give to someone like the red cross.

1/16/2010 8:28 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Can we talk about how the UVA Law Blog apparently doesn't know how to spell Haiti? I'm a little embarrassed to have an undergraduate degree from that institution.

1/19/2010 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was one of those people berating myself for not donating to Haiti. And then lo and behold I found these VERRY easy ways to donate.

A shoutout to the solidarity bakesale. I donated there and lexis points.

the nice thing with the bakesale if you want to donate some cash is that it is also a) easy b) they let you chose the charity so there is transparency.

I googled the charities they are giving money to and so I was comfortable.

1/20/2010 9:49 AM  

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