7 Apps and Websites to Help You Give Money to Charity

Dann Albright 07-05-2015

Charitable giving makes the world a better place, not only by giving support to those who need it most, but by bringing us closer to our neighbors, no matter if they’re next door or around the world. Whether you’ve committed to being more charitable this year 5 Easy Ways to Be Charitable in the Year Ahead Read More or you just want to find a way to build it into your daily life, these 7 apps and websites will help you be a more engaged human citizen.


I Can Go Without

When you think about it, there are tons of conveniences that you can go without—you can brew your own coffee Buy This: The Greatest Gear For Making Awesome Coffee If your coffee tastes like crap, you're doing it wrong. Great coffee doesn't have to be expensive. Read More instead of getting a $4 Starbucks latte, you can prepare a lunch in the morning instead of getting a sandwich at the office cafe, and you can just skip an afternoon chocolate from the vending machine. I Can Go Without helps you make good decisions and contribute to charity in the process.


Every time you make a donation, it will be added to an invoice, and you can pay that invoice all at once, so you’ll never forget to pay up on a commitment. You can also add $1 to any donation that will go to the app team so that they can continue supporting and improving the app.

Download: I Can Go Without for iOS (free) [No longer available]

Charity Miles

If you’re into walking, running, biking, or doing almost any other physical activity, Charity Miles can hep you turn your miles into cash for charities. By partnering with companies like Humana, Johnson & Johnson, and Timex, Charity Miles helps you improve your health and make a difference at the same time!



The app uses your phone’s GPS How GPS Works [MakeUseOf Explains] As an avid gamer, I’m surprised by the correlation between GPS-like features in modern video games and the proliferation of GPS technology in mundane life. When I was a kid, paper maps and cartography were... Read More to track how many miles you put in, then pays $0.25 per mile run or walked and $0.10 per mile cycled to your chosen charity. If you take part in another activity, just choose the activity that’s most applicable to you.

Download: Charity Miles for iOS (free) or Android (free)

One Today

Not sure which charity you should give to? One Today, an app created by Google, can help you figure it out. By showing you an interesting charity each day, you’ll get a much better idea of the organizations doing work that you can support. You get the details for each charity, like what they do, what your donation will fund, and an impact report.



When you see a charity that you’re interested in, just tap the Give button and you’ll send that charity $1. No big commitment—just doing a little bit at a time to make the world a better place. And if you want to send more money or make a regular contribution, you can head to that charity’s website. One Today also gives you an easy year-end tax-deductible calculation for when you’re doing your taxes Doing Your Taxes? 5 Microsoft Excel Formulas You Must Know Your taxes are soon due and don't want to pay a late filing fee? Leverage the power of Microsoft Excel to get your taxes in order. Read More .

Download: One Today for iOS (free) or Android [Broken URL Removed] (free)

Spare Change

If you want to help end homelessness, and want to go about it more efficiently than handing out dollar bills to homeless people on the street, Spare Change can help. The app lets you find local homeless charities and donate between $0.50 and $5 to the cause. You can also find information on those charities and learn how to get involved if you want to volunteer your time Volunteer Professional Skills To Charity In 5 Minutes With Sparked Read More or help out in another way.



Although Spare Change isn’t as automated as some of the other apps, you can make great use of it by making a habit out of donating when you get some change—if you get a few cents back after a purchase, take out your phone and make a quick donation. Get in the habit and you’ll do better things with your pennies than letting them sit in a jar!

Download: Spare Change for iOS (free) [No longer available]


We profiled the charity-supporting search engine GoodSearch: Search Engine That Supports Charities Read More GoodSearch a few years ago, but its most recent incarnation, GoodShop, is a shopping portal that contributes 50 percent of their referral fee from any website that you make a purchase from straight to your nominated charity. All you need to do is sign up for and start your next online shopping spree from their website. Half of their profits go directly to your charity. Easy!



GoodShop is also a great place to look for coupons; you can get great deals directly from their homepage at big stores like Target, Starbucks, and Victoria’s Secret. You can even see exactly how much of your purchase will go to your charity.

If you still want to give back with GoodSearch, you can, but the website has changed its emphasis to shopping. However, they’ll still donate $0.01 for each search you run through the site. If you want to make it a lot easier, just change your browser’s default search engine How To Change Your Browser's Default Search Engine So, what are you searching with? Bing? Google? You might know how to use any search engine you want on the Internet, but do you know how to change the default search engine for your... Read More to GoodSearch.

The Giving Machine

If you’re shopping from the UK and you’d like your purchases to benefit charities like US users can do with GoodShop, The Giving Machine is the website you’re looking for. It has a very similar set-up: you choose up to four charities when you register, and then you go shopping through their portal.


The Giving Machine actually gives back a little more than GoodShop—they pass on 75% of their referral fee to the charities that you’ve chosen. They don’t have as many easily accessible coupons listed on their site, but you can find a few good deals The Secret To Getting The Best Deals On All The Stuff You Want If you make frequent online purchases using big-name retailers, such as Amazon, BestBuy, and Walmart, then you probably know about the deal finding sites SlickDeals and Fatwallet. A little known secret is that all the... Read More if you’re willing to take a moment to look.

Charity Navigator

While Charity Navigator won’t help you get money to a specific charity, they can help you find out which charities are doing the best work in the areas that you care about. As an independent charity evaluator, the organization assesses the financial health, accountability, and transparency of over 8,000 different charities.


Each charity has an extensive breakdown of metrics in the three areas of assessment, as well as a number of useful financial statistics—you can use these to figure out which charities give the most money straight to the cause to find out where your money will make the most difference.

Make a Difference Today

With all of these options – including a few that you don’t even need to spend money on – there’s no excuse for not giving more to charity. Download these apps, set GoodSearch as your default search engine, send an occasional donation text 6 Charities That You Can Just Text To Donate Back in early 2010, when Haiti was devastated by a massive earthquake, text-to-donate campaigns helped raise the amazing amount of $10 million pretty quickly. Though that campaign is no longer active (you can still mail... Read More , and play games for charitable causes 5 Cool Edutainment Games You Can Play and Also Donate To Charitable Causes Read More .

If we all pitch in a little bit, we can make a big difference!

Do you have any apps or tools that you use to give money to charity? Do you have experience of using the tools we suggested? We’d love to hear from you – just leave us you ideas, thoughts, and feedback in the comments section below.

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  1. Plamen Metodiev
    January 26, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Hello, this is great article and glad that people are making apps and help people. Inspired by those kind of people we created a free mobile game Windy Leaf. The generated money (made by watching ads) from the game goes to the Red Cross to help people victims from disasters and crisis. Please take a look, share this message and be part of this amazing campaign.
    Thank you very much

  2. Alfonzo Garboon
    May 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Either this one is for you or it's not. If it's not, I'm certain the intelligent, classy folks will leave the snarky comments at home. will give a dab of your purchase total to the charity of your choice, if it is on their list. An organization (small, one little town) is on the list and they get something from me when I order.

    • Dann Albright
      May 13, 2015 at 7:33 am

      That's a good way to go, especially if you use Amazon a lot (which many of our readers do). Thanks for adding it to the list!

  3. Michel
    May 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    How much of a cut goes to the app developers? Cut them out and give directly.

    • Dann Albright
      May 8, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      That's a good question. I'm not totally sure in all cases, but I think for the most part, all of the money goes to the charity, and the apps get some money from advertising. I'm sure it varies between each, though, and you'd have to check these terms and conditions for each one.

  4. Howard Pearce
    May 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    The state already "helps" me give to charity ...... that's what they tell me and I know they honestly pursue their objectives :D

    • TomSjr
      May 7, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      @Howard Pearce: The government should NOT get involved in these kinds of things because their money IS OUR MONEY and if we have NO SAY in where it goes, then IT IS NO LONGER CHARITY, since charity is supposed to be VOLUNTARY.

    • Dann Albright
      May 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Howard, that's one way to look at it, but contributing more is always good! These are all really good ways to give just a little bit more when you can.