With so many worthy charities working to help people around the world, it can be hard to donate to every cause we want to support. But these days it’s possible to help charities without making cash donations – just check out these five apps.
Donate a Photo
Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo app is a really simple way to support the causes you believe in, even if you can’t make cash donations yourself. You simply set up an account, choose a cause you want to help and upload a photo. For every photo you upload, Johnson & Johnson donates USD$1 to your chosen cause.
Causes have targets, and once the target is met a new cause replaces it so you can keep coming back to donate to new charities.
You can upload a photo every day and the only place they’ll be displayed is in Donate a Photo’s gallery – so you don’t need to worry about your pictures being used for marketing.
Download Donate a Photo on your iPhone or Android device.
If you’re planning a fund-raising event, you’ll want the JustGiving app. Whether you’re running a 10k to fight cancer or taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital, this app makes it easy to take donations from friends and family.
Setting up a donation page is as easy as choosing the charity you’re supporting, setting a funding goal and writing a description. You can share your page and people can donate with just a couple of clicks. Donors can even Gift Aid their donations so the charities get them tax free.
Download the JustGiving app for your iPhone or Android device.
Charity Miles is a real win-win app, rewarding charities when you exercise.
Go for a walk or run and Charity Miles will donate 25 cents per mile to the charity of your choice (well, the charity you choose from the selection supported by the app). If you prefer cycling, a 10 cent donation will be made for every mile you cover.
It’s simple to use – just open the app, choose a charity and tell the app whether you’re on foot or on your bike. It’ll then track how far you go using your phone’s GPS and make the donation at the end of your workout.
The only downside is that you have to go out and about – as it’s GPS-based a treadmill won’t cut it.
Download Charity Miles for your iPhone or Android device.
Tap Project by UNICEF
UNICEF’s Tap Project is a really clever idea, providing clean water to children around the world when you put your phone down.
All you need to do is visit uniceftapproject.org on your phone’s browser, hit start and put your phone down. The longer you go without using your phone, the more money goes to UNICEF’s Tap Project.
UNICEF says millions of children around the world go without clean, safe drinking water, so surely we can spend half an hour a day without something much less vital.
Visit uniceftapproject.org to take on the no-phone challenge.
First aid by British Red Cross
This app won’t help you raise money for the British Red Cross, but it could still help you make a real difference.
The first aid app gives expert advice on everyday scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies, from severe winter weather to road traffic accidents.
To make it easy to learn first aid, there are videos, interactive quizzes and step-by-step guides. And everything’s built into the app so you don’t need an internet connection to use it – handy if your emergency is a bit out of the way.
Download the First aid by British Red Cross app for your iPhone or Android device.