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Facebook Makes it Easier to Donate to Causes Like Refugee Crisis

by Keith Wagstaff /

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Facebook released new tools on Wednesday aimed at making it easier to donate to causes like the Syrian refugee crisis.

Users have been able to donate to charities on Facebook since 2013. Now charitable organizations can create pages centered around specific issues, complete with visual tools so people can see how close a campaign is to reaching its goal.

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"Today we're taking the next step on that journey as we begin testing fundraisers for nonprofits," company CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. "We hope this makes it easy for you to support the causes you care about."

Facebook says it has also improved the "Donate" button so people can give money more easily from their NewsFeed and the new fundraiser pages.

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The tools are being tested with 37 charitable organizations. Facebook highlighted three of the campaigns, including "Syrian Refugee Crisis Response" from Mercy Corps and the "NOW MS research campaign" from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Generous Internet users now have lots of ways to donate to good causes. On Twitter, they can donate using hashtags and Google sometimes adds a "Donate" button over its search results.

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