With technology always growing and changing it is now easier than ever to fight poverty and support different organizations in fun and unique ways. What better way to fight poverty with something everyone has: a phone. US adults will spend an average of 3 hours, 35 minutes per day on mobile devices in 2018. There are apps that are designed to help fight poverty or support local and overseas charities all with a few taps on the screen. With the abundance of these apps available, it was very easy to find 10 apps that fight poverty. Many of these apps even include a fun twist that gets people motivated to donate.
After personally checking out these 10 apps that fight poverty, it is safe to say that this is a fun way to support your cause and get others involved as well. All ten apps are still active and available to download as of February 2019.
- Compassion: Compassion is an app that allows the phone holder to sponsor a child in need of aid in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. If the phone holder is already a sponsor with an organization, they can also sign up with their sponsor number to gain access to more information about the child they are sponsoring.
- One Today: This app allows phone holders to donate funds to various causes and is pretty straight forward about it. When the phone holder looks at a specific organization or cause, they are about to quickly learn about the issue and how the organization is actively fighting it. One thing the app does really well is that the app is able to explain how much of the funds given to one organization will help that specific organization achieve its goals. The price may vary according to the organization, but do not let that discourage you. One Today gives the phone holder a chance to give a dollar, to match the profile’s request, match a friends donation, or give more than the suggested amount. Phone holders don’t have to worry about where their money is going because 100 percent of the money that is donated is given directly to the organization.
- Share the Meal: ShareTheMeal fights global hunger through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The app is easy to navigate and has plenty of feeding plans to choose from, with the most basic involving donation 50 cents to give a child one meal and the most complex being over a hundred dollars to feed a child for a year. The app also gives phone holders the option to add a custom amount. It is easy to quickly see where your funds are going and how they are helping children from around the world grow and survive because of the meal you provided.
- Connect & Care: This is another app that lets users find real charities around the world and set up regular donations to them right from their phone. The App allows the phone holder to learn more about the causes they are supporting and see how the charity is making an impact with the donations given. It is a good way to see how the funds you give are put into use.
- Donate a Photo: this is a unique app and simple for sure since it utilizes something everyone does with their phones, which is taking pictures. For every photo sent to J&J’s website with this app, the company donates $1 to a good cause that the phone holder chooses. Donating a photo is an easy way to give your pocketbook a break and still make a difference.
- Spotfund: campaigns made on Spotfund benefit a verified 501c3 nonprofit. These can be local or overseas but all are verified and easy to give to. It is a quick, easy and safe way for phone holders to donate to good causes and to even start a story of their own. Spotfund’s minimum donation size is 1 dollar, so everyone can participate and all donations are anonymous.
- Maximuslife: This is an app that encourages the user to give by getting active. Run, walk, bike, skate, climb and more and each step taken benefits the cause of the users choosing. Phone holders are able to do these activities on their own or join a challenge group to participate with.
- Booky: This app is a fun way to get friends involved in the giving. With this fun app you can make a friendly wager on major sporting events, TV show finales, or random customized bets with friends. The loser donates to the winner’s selected charity. All the user has to do is make a bet, choose a friend and charity, and settle an amount. After they other player has accepted the bet, the game begins on who will win for their charity.
- Flourish: Flourish is a useful app when it comes to everyday spending. By using a rounding up system, the app can take the $3.50 a user spent on coffee and add 50 cents to give to a charity of the users choice. By rounding up cents the app gives phone holders the chance to donate without taking to much funding. The app also allows for recurring donations, one time donations, and what is called “double tip rules”. Double tip is when the rounding up system is doubled for items set by the user. For example, if the user were to set a double tip rule to apply to every time they bought ice cream, then the app would recognize the purchases and give double to the charities.
- Сharidy: This app is a great way to keep track of all your donations and organizations, store your receipts, and set up recurring giving to your favorite causes. This app is great for users who enjoy donating and keeping records of how they have helped certain organizations before.
These 10 apps that fight poverty are just a few of many that aim to make the world a better place. They make it easy to donate and get involved with great causes that are in your backyard or halfway across the world. So what are you waiting for?
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