25 Apps Helping to Make the World a Better Place

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VolunteerMatch

You can search for the perfect way to make a difference even while you’re on the run. VolunteerMatch for iPhone includes opportunities from over 98,463 participating organizations. All your favorite nonprofits are here.


 

Charity Miles

Just choose a charity and hit the streets. As you walk, run or bike, the app will measure your distance and you will earn money for your charity: 10¢ per mile for bikers; 25¢ per mile for walkers and runners, all courtesy of our corporate sponsors like Timex Sports, Humana and Lifeway Foods.


 

Donate A Photo

For every photo you share through Donate a Photo, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to a cause you want to help—which does things like fix up a public park, get medicine for an infant, or help kids play sports safely.


 

Budge Challenge

Challenge your pals to anything – from a game of chess, to a marathon, to a good old-fashioned seed-spittin’ contest. Whoever loses makes a small donation to a worthy cause. It’s that easy!


 

One Today

One Today is an app that lets you give a little and change a lot.
• Be inspired: Discover an awesome nonprofit project each day—go ahead and see.
• Donate simply: One project, one button, one good deed a day—you’re a hero, done.
• Spread the love: Share that good feeling with friends—get your donations matched, too.


 

HTC Power To Give

By downloading HTC Power To Give, plugging in your phone and connecting to Wi–Fi, your spare computing power will become part of an enormous grid, providing processing power to a project you’ve selected from a range across the world.


 

GoodGuide

Each product is scientifically rated on a 0 – 10 scale based on its health, environmental, and social impact. With the app, you can easily browse categories, search for specific products or quickly scan barcodes to see our overall rating.


 

Check In For Good

Pick a cause, visit a business supporting that cause, check in, they donate, you share, your cause receives a donation, everyone wins.


 

FoodCircles

Using the app you “buy” specific dishes for a minimum donation of $1 that goes to provide full meals or days worth of food for children. Most current restaurants are near the company’s home base of Michigan, but they are looking to expand.


 

Instead

With instead small changes have a huge impact. For example, when you brew your own coffee instead of buying one and donate the savings, you can provide a child in South Sudan clean water for a year.


 

LINK-SF

California has one of the largest homeless populations in the country, and they recently started a program to provide web-enabled phones free of charge to low and no-income individuals. This mobile-optimized site uses location-based services to find the nearest necessities that are open and nearby.


 

Get Rich Or Die Smoking

Why do you spend so much money on damaging your health? Why don’t you spend this money more reasonably? This app helps you to stop smoking by showing what you can now afford with the money saved.


 

True Food

The True Food Shoppers Guide gives you valuable information on common GM ingredients, brands to look for—and look out for—and common sense tips to keep you in the know and help you find and avoid GM ingredients wherever you shop.


 

Free2Work

Free2Work grades are a measure of a company’s efforts to make sure that child and forced labor do not exist in its supply chain.


 

PaperKarma

PaperKarma is the easiest way to cut your paper waste — by taking photos! Simply pull out your phone and snap photos of the offending mail. PaperKarma will figure out what it is and how to stop it.


 

My Life As A Refuge

In the time it takes to download this game, eight people are forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution, or terror. This game designed by the UN Refugee Agency aims to raise awareness about these issues.


 

Save The Children Earth Quake Response

Save the Children Earthquake Response is a simulation game that spreads awareness about disaster relief.


 

DonorReminder

This is a blood donation timer. It allows someone who donates blood on a regular basis to keep track of their donation dates.


 

SeeClickFix

It’s like a mobile 311. You use your camera and the GPS to alert the government or whoever is responsible about issues of health and safety, then track the progress. Available for all devices and browsers.


 

IRecycle

iRecycle can tell you how, where and when to recycle just about anything. Using your current location, ZIP code, address or city, get access to vital details for collection points, such as website, phone number, directions, hours of operation and other materials collected.


 

HelpBridge

The HelpBridge app from Microsoft aims to simplify disaster communication by notifying loved ones of your location and status during a disaster. You can also donate to relief organizations and see where volunteers are needed.


 

Act Of Kindness

Random Act of Kindness helps you chose a good deed to perform, and share it with your friends! You can also donate to worthwhile charities directly through their websites!


 

Tree Planet 2

Tree Planet 2 is a virtual game that pays for a real tree to be planted for game version. Since the first version of this game was released, Tree Planet has funded over 340,000 real trees in 13 forests. Directions are in Korean but the game is easy to use.


 

Feedie

For every food photo taken at a participating restaurant and shared via social media, 25 cents will be donated to the app’s nonprofit parent company, The Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals to students in rural South Africa.


 

Seafood Watch

Seafood Watch recommendations help you choose ocean-friendly seafood at your favorite restaurants and stores. Our app brings you the most current recommendations for seafood and sushi along with complete information about how each item should be fished or farmed.