4 mobile ways to support your favorite nonprofits
So what’s your charitable cause? Is it animals like me? Or is it the homeless, women with breast cancer, children with learning disabilities, food for the elderly, or perhaps saving Mother Earth?
Regardless of the cause close to your heart, there is a charity to support it. It’s how you decide to give to your charity cause that really matters. Be it via volunteering, monetary donations, or maybe both, charities rely on the graciousness of other people in order to run and help those they represent. The good news is that your smartphone app can actually help you help your favorite charitable cause.
Here are four smartphone apps that you can download for free to support your favorite nonprofit.
1. VolunteerMatch (Free – for iPhone)
Any nonprofit organization will tell you that their volunteers are at the heart of their organization. Most charities don’t have the money or paid manpower to run charity events, get donations, and etc., so they depend on the goodness of volunteers to keep them lucrative. The VolunteerMatch app helps volunteers find charity opportunities in their area. And with more than 89,000 organizations and a variety of causes to give your time to, there’s no excuse not to get involved and start helping those in need of your special skills.
2. Global Giving (Free – for iPhone)
If you’re seeking specific grassroots organizations around the world in which to lend a hand (i.e., building homes for habitat for humanity) or give monetary donations then the Global Giving app can give you a global perspective. This app searches the map by theme so you can quickly find and donate to the cause of your choice. For those not sold on one particular charity, this app also features a different project regularly that you can explore and donate to if you deem them worthy. And a really neat feature is that once you give, you’ll receive updates on the progress that the charity has made so you can see the true impact of your kindness.
3. Charity Miles (Free – for Android)
If you like to walk, run, bike, or swim for charity then the Charity Miles app is right up your alley. So strap on those sneakers and use this tool to track how many miles you bike, run or walk and earn 25 cents per mile (for walking and running) and 10 cents a mile (for biking). The user can then apply their earning toward a charity. Organizations can sign up to be a part of the app by contacting Charity Miles. Currently this app is for iPhones on any service provider and on most Android devices, including the Android tablet from T-Mobile. The app is free and is constantly adding new charities and organizations to their list.
4. Instead (Free – for Android & iPhone)
If you don’t know what a micro-donation is, but have always wanted to give something other than cold hard cash to charities, check out Instead. This app asks for a different kind of monetary donations—items like coffee, food, toys, or any other such items. The reasoning behind Instead is that if you give coffee as your donation, you’ll give up your $5 frappacinno every day, and instead give that amount to your favorite charity. The same would go for eating out if you give food and buying expensive kid’s toys if you want to see your donation go to needy children. To use Instead, just fill out your credit card information to use the one-click donate button. My mom and I do this right from our T-mobile Samsung cell phones. This app really puts what we want and what we need in perspective.