Egyptians donate 24.6 million through mobile in 2017

Mobile users sent around 4.9 million donation text messages to charity, generating EGP 24,625,700 million for 52 local organizations in 2017, said TA Telecom, a Cairo-based mobile services and analytics provider that runs Egypt’s main mobile donations platform (MegaKheir).

Key metrics in 2017

  • 52 charitable organizations now collect donations through mobile in Egypt
  • EGP 9.8M are donated in Ramadan 2017; around 40% of total annual donations
  • EGP 24.6M were donated via mobile in 2017
  • 3.7M users donate via mobile in Egypt

Donations dropped by around 4 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 with users sending 5.1 million text messages through MegaKheir, raising EGP 25,769,140 million to leading charities such as the 57357 Children Cancer Hospital, Dar El-Orman, Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation, Ahl Masr Foundation, and the Egyptian Food Bank, among others.

The number of donors dropped by 10.8 percent from 861,940 in 2016 to 768,486 in 2017 while average donor spending increased by 6.7 percent from EGP 6 in 2016 to EGP 6.4 in 2017.

The Muslim holy of month of Ramadan marks the peak of annual mobile donations, which reached EGP 10,124,530 in 2017, slightly up by 0.3 percent from 2016’s EGP 10,094,465 million, making around 41 percent of total annual donations.

Donations per sector

Around 77 percent of donations were poured into the health sector, with users donating EGP 19 million to charitable hospitals and NGOs working on disease treatment and prevention, which represent 42 percent of all charities raising funds through MegaKheir’s platform.

EGP 27,000 or 0.11 percent of total donations went to NGOs raising funds for educational projects, which represent 12 percent of all non-profits on the platform.

EGP 2.5 million or 11.2 percent went to developmental charitable organizations that represent 30 percent of all charities currently raising funds through mobile.

Aggregate mobile donations

donations in EgyptAround EGP 104 million in donations were raised over the past 8 years through MegaKheir, a blend of the Greek word Mega (great) and the Arabic word Kheir (good), which currently generates more than 95 percent of Egypt’s mobile donations.

TA Telecom launched MegaKheir as a charity arm in August 2010, marking the country’s first mobile donations platform.

Around 3.7 million mobile users have donated through MegaKheir since its inception either through text messages in increments of EGP 5 to a designated short-code or through the mobile application, with every donation deducted from users’ mobile credit or charged to their monthly bill.

The status of mobile donations in Egypt

“The culture of giving is still strong in Egypt. People are giving to charity even when they are making ends meet. Fewer people donated last year but those who actually did gave more. Those who are capable of donating were more conscious of the impact of tougher economic conditions and have done more to support others,” said Sherif Radi, Chief Operating Officer of TA Telecom.

Civil society heroes

“Egypt’s well-being relies heavily on the work of civil society heroes who are working on multiple fronts around the clock to help in combating Hepatitis C, treating cancer and other diseases, eliminating poverty, or eradicating illiteracy. Tech companies have a pivotal role to play in empowering NGOs through building innovative, faster and cheaper fundraising tools,” Radi added.

Mobile donations continue to hold

“The slight drop in donations is not that significant given the considerable increase in prices, which affected NGOs working on health, education, poverty, disability and people in debt. It only costs EGP 5 to donate to charity through mobile but people are aware that this simple amount is causing a ripple effect, generating millions to Egyptian charities who are in desperate need for such help,” said Maissera Ellaithy, who heads MegaKheir at TA Telecom.