By Adam Drake
Our smartphones have made our lives easier in so many ways. Not only are we able to find our way to wherever we would like to go at the touch of a button, we can also get in touch with our loved ones from anywhere we want. And as a bonus, we also get the small pleasures of tracking our fitness, playing a game, or checking our stocks on our phone throughout the day.
But what about websites and apps we can visit from our smartphones that actually “do good” by giving money to charities? Do these even exist? Could we make the world a little bit better by using our smartphones? I did some research to find some websites and apps that do just that.
1. Donate a Photo
With Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 from each photo you upload to their site to a charity of your choice. Selfies, food pics, cat photos, our phones are filled with them. Some are actually very good, so why not put those photos up online and allow others to use them (for a fee). Those fees are instantly converted to become donations for your favorite charities.
We all take photos of our food, but now they’ll actually mean something. With Feedie, head to a Feedie restaurant, take a photo of your dish, and the restaurant will donate to the Lunchbox Fund. Half of my Instagram feed is filled with pictures of food anyways, so I’d imagine this app would rake in millions of dollars. Now, if we can only figure out a way to monetize cat photos.
3. Charity Miles
Imagine going that extra mile (literally) to provide funds for a charity. With Charity Miles, running, biking, and walking a few miles each day can provide huge funding for some great organizations. Especially when fitness apps are becoming a dime-a-dozen, and most of them do the same thing — why not use one that not only tracks your stats, but converts them into helping someone else?
4. Just Give
This is about as easy as it gets. The Just Give app lets you find the charity you want to give to, and allows you to make a donation. Navigating through charities can be a hassle, and figuring out how and why to donate can be a chore. Just Give takes all the headaches out of donating, making sure your hard earned money is going to the right place.
Adam Drake is Creative Director for the Sweat Life, a former four-year varsity rower for the University of Miami, and currently rows for the Maritime Rowing Club. He is the co-founder of Kayak for a Cause, a charity event based in Connecticut. As a writer, Adam has developed television shows for Comedy Central, Bad Boy Worldwide, and Sky, written ad campaigns for clients such as Bacardi, Starbucks, Dove Men+Care, and HBO, and was a contributor to the pop culture site YesButNoButYes. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, boating, and working on his tremendous collection of unfinished novels.