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It is estimated that 97% of American adults have access to a smart phone or device. That being said, it is easier than ever to use an app to donate to charity. How do you know which app or apps to use? The following four are consistently rated highest in usability and ease.

Charity Miles

How does Charity Miles work? The founder and CEO of this app explains it simply. “As you walk, run, or bike, the app tracks your distance. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile for their charity; walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile. The money comes from our company and we get corporate sponsors to back us in order to achieve their marketing objectives.” This app is great for daily use as well as during a marathon.

Share the Meal

Share the Meal is designed to help fight global hunger. It is sponsored by the United Nations and available in nine languages! How do you use it? You simply tap the app and it donates fifty cents to feed one hungry child a day, plus you can track where the meals are distributed and the impact. Many people will use this app right before they sit down to eat their own meal. This provides a reminder to be grateful for having constant availability of food.

Donate a Photo

The Balance explains that Johnson & Johnson sponsors this amazingly easy to use app. For every photo you send to Johnson & Johnson’s website with this app, the company donates $1 to a good cause. You have the ability to choose the cause you want to help from a curated list. The hardest part is that you can donate only one photo per day. Your photo ends up in an online gallery, but it’s safe there. This app also allows you to share what you’re doing with friends and family so they can share their photos too. This is really a win-win situation.


This app allows you to challenge  friends to do something they normally would not want to do, in the name of charity. Examples include losing weight,  giving up smoking, or running three miles. If you win the challenge, your friends give a donation to charity. If they win, you give.  The Balance writes that you can turn almost anything that’s fun to do with friends into a charitable donation. Gamers should love this. Do note that Budge charges 5 percent of the donation for operations, and there may be credit card fees as well.  Fees come out of the gift, and the charity gets the rest.

Being charitable is easier than ever these days. Simply download one of these great free apps, and start donating now! You can help fight global hunger right from your smartphone. All you have to do is tap the screen!