No one likes a Grinch during the holidays, so rather than wrinkling your nose at all the overblown gift-giving, why not do something nice for those in need? Whether it’s a big lump sum or a small daily donation, there are plenty of apps and organizations that can help you find charities to start donating to.
Giving money with your smartphone is certainly not a replacement for actually going out and volunteering your time and effort, but it’s a little something you can do to help those in need even if you can’t always tear yourself away from your daily life. Here are a few apps to help you get started.
Note: I cross referenced the apps mentioned below with both Charity Watch and Charity Navigator (which is also one of our app picks) so that the majority of the charities that are supported are rated above average.
If you’re brand new to the charity game, try out Google’s One Today on for size. The app introduces you to a new charity every day based on your choice of the types of organizations you’d like to support. You can then pledge a minimum of a dollar if you see a charity you like. One Today also lets you rally your friends for donations, including the ability to match what they give.
Maybe you don’t have a lot of cash to hand out this year for the holidays—that’s okay! You can use Charity Miles to donate a few cents every time you run, walk, or bike a mile. The app donates 10 cents for every mile you bike and 25 cents for every mile you walk to a charity of your choice. You really don’t have to do much except keep on moving.
If you have no idea what charities are or which are worth supporting, try out Charity Navigator. It lets you vet the charities you’re interested in before you donate money. You can search by charity name or simply browse through the listings to find out about new ones. There’s even a news feed to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the charity world. You can also create a “watch list” of sorts to stay up to date on what some of your favorites are up to.
If none of the above options are up your alley, try out Just Give. It isn’t an app, but it does have a mobile-friendly site. Just Give is great for finding a charity that’s in dire need so that you can give money as it’s needed most. You can also use the site to find a charity to contribute to on a monthly basis, or use the gift card feature to send over a last minute gift to friends and family.
This story, "Give back this holiday with these Android charity apps" was originally published by Greenbot.