With smartphone saturation at an all time high, odds are good that you might be feeling a bit of app overload. Everywhere you turn there’s an app to solve a problem you didn’t even know you had. Looking to buy a drink for a friend on their birthday from across the country? No worries, you’re covered. Want to find a local bar that has fine dining and a mechanical bull? There’s definitely an app that will lead you there. With apps ranging from the bizarre to the frivolous, it’s easy to get the feeling that the current tech boom has taken the concept of convenience too far.
While that may be, it’s important not to forget about the major strides for social good that technology and smartphone apps in particular have made over the last several years. If you want to help make an impact on your local or global community, check out these five philanthropy related apps. To learn more about these and other apps, take a look around App Appeal.
The first three on the list are great places to start if you want to give back, but aren’t sure how. Check them out.
Kiva Microlending Network
Kiva is a great way to invest in communities around the world. The microfinance app allows users to give small investment grants to people in developing countries. This isn’t simply charity, though. Kiva is a platform that lets entrepreneurs get their concepts off the ground through an amalgamation of small loans from investors around the globe. Started in 2005, Kiva has been working for nearly a decade for the common purpose of solving world poverty one investment at a time.
Get addicted to giving. That’s the mission of the charity fundraising app Crowdrise. Crowdrise leverages, well, the crowd, to empower users to raise funds for their particular cause. You can set up a profile for your particular cause or charity in about thirty seconds. From there, you can get the word out about your charity or fundraiser by connecting various social networks and email lists to reach as many people as possible. You can also help out with other existing causes by letting your crowd know about the opportunity to give.
Care2.com bills itself as “the world’s largest community for good.” With nearly 30,000 members, that may be a bit hyperbolic, but nothing to sneeze at either. Care2.com is a platform that lets you join other similar-minded people to help achieve common goals of social justice and equality. With everything from human rights, to protecting the environment, to women’s advocacy, you’re sure to find a cause you’re passionate about once you join up.
Fitting Philanthropy into Your Daily Life
For some people, philanthropy and giving is something they’re extremely passionate about, but can never seem to consistently find time to dedicate. That’s where these next two apps come in. To learn about even more apps that fit charity into your daily routine, Mashable has a great article about six good ones.
Instead helps guide you to make better choices with your daily purchases to benefit good works and causes. They’re all about having micro donations make a macro impact. It reminds you when you could be more economical with your own purchases in an effort to encourage you to give the money you saved to charity. Donations made through Instead of tax deductible as well.
Charity miles is the perfect application for people who not only want to give back but also need a bit of extra motivation to keep in shape. Charity Miles lets you log your workout and equates the miles you cover on your bike or on foot to cash. Bikers get about 10 cents per mile while runners garner as much as a quarter for every mile covered. Sound too good to be true? The money is allocated through corporate sponsorships and the more miles covered by users, the more of that cash gets released to your favorite charities.
Before you ask yourself what’s the point of downloading another app, consider trying one of these and making a difference, however small.