Need a mobile text number for your nonprofit? Let’s look at the three most popular number types for organizations.
Before you begin connecting with your nonprofit stakeholders through an SMS texting platform, you’ll need to choose the type of business texting number that’s best for your nonprofit organization.
Let’s walk through three commonly used options, and when to consider each:
💡 Quick tip: If you already have a business landline that you’d like to use for texting, we can text-enable your number.
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Local numbers, also known as 10-digit long codes (10DLC), enable nonprofits to send large volumes of text messages from a local area code.
📌 Here’s why you might consider using a local number:
If you already have a local number, our customer support team can text-enable it for you. Your calls will still work as usual, and text messages will come through our SMS marketing platform.
Toll-free numbers (those with 800, 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, or 833 prefixes) are also a good fit for sending mass texts and two-way communication.
📌 What you need to know about toll-free numbers:
With a toll-free number, you can start texting as soon as you sign up for a paid SimpleTexting account.
Our helpful customer support team will guide you through the process of toll-free verification, which usually takes 4–6 weeks.
Dedicated short codes (DSC) are a unique set of 5- or 6-digits assigned exclusively to your nonprofit.
📌 Key points on dedicated short codes:
Due to their cost and setup time, few small nonprofits choose to use dedicated short codes. Leasing a dedicated short code can range from $1,000 to $1,500 per month, with an additional setup fee, such as SimpleTexting’s $2,500 fee.
With SimpleTexting, we have plenty of experience in setting up short codes, and we’ll walk you through the whole process.
Armed with this info, you can select the type of business texting number that best fits your nonprofit texting strategy.
💡 For more handy tips and inspiration for your nonprofit organization, have a look at our guide on how to get started with SMS texting.
Ultimately, your choice will come down to your budget and whether you plan on using mass texting, one-on-one messaging, or both.
Here’s an overview of your nonprofit text number options:
|Local Numbers||Toll-free||Dedicated short code|
|Format||10 digits||10 digits||5 to 6 digits|
|Primary Use||1-on-1 comms, mass texting||1-on-1 comms, mass texting||Mass texting|
|Setup Time||1 day||Days (with limited throughput until the number is verified)||Weeks|
Whether you’re completely new to nonprofit texting or have some experience under your belt, SimpleTexting is here to assist you.
Sign up for our free 14-day trial to test out our messaging platform and see if it’s right for your organization.
If you have any questions about texting or our software, reach out to our support team seven days a week by clicking the blue chat bubble in the bottom corner of your screen.