We have already talked about how nonprofits can use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, but another form of social media that is really beneficial to nonprofits is the mobile app. I’m sure you have heard the phrase “there is an app for that” for just about everything, and now charities are included as well. Apps are quick and easy for everyone who has a smart phone or tablet. They can also help to get people involved in your organization and work wonders on advancing your mission. Here is a list I have compiled of some exceptional charity apps:
1. Charity Miles
This app is my personal favorite. Runners, walkers, or bikers can donate to a charity of choice without even opening their wallets. Every mile biked is a donation of 10 cents and every mile run or walked is a donation of 20 cents. This money comes from a $1,000,000 corporate sponsorship pool, so it is free to the donator (“Charity Miles”). Not only does this app allow you to donate to charity, it also tracks, times, and measures your workout. When you are finished, you can post to social media to show off your workout, donation, and charity. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Love to volunteer but don’t know how to get involved? Work at a nonprofit and need volunteers? This app uses your location and criteria to match up good people with good causes. Choose the dates, location, and involvement level, and Volunteer Match will take care of the rest (“VolunteerMatch”). It is a great tool for both nonprofits and individuals.
3. Donate a Photo
For every picture taken and posted on this app, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to the cause of your choice. There is a limit of one photo per day, but those dollars add up. You can also share your picture on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to spread the word about your cause and donation (“About Donate a Photo”). This app allows you to change the world in 30 seconds every day.
4. Check-in For Good
Check-in at participating businesses and they will donate to a great cause for you and maybe even offer a promotion. You can also learn more about campaigns and donate directly to them. As if that were not enough, this app also enables you to start up your own campaign to raise money for something you are passionate about (“Check-in For Good”).
5. Budge Challenge
Challenge your friends to anything and everything. If you win, they donate a small amount of money to a pre-determined charity. If they win, you do (“About Us”). It’s that simple. This app brings excitement to donating and gives people the opportunity to talk with their friends about serious issues.
About Donate a Photo. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://www.donateaphoto.com/the-app
About Us. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://www.thebudge.com/about/index.html
Charity Miles. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://www.charitymiles.org
Check-in For Good. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://checkinforgood.com
VolunteerMatch – Where Volunteering Begins. (n.d.). Retrieved March 3, 2015, from http://www.volunteermatch.org