Today I am sharing 3 apps that help make donations and don’t cost you any cash.

 

The first app is called Olio. It has been around for a long time but it is only available in some cities, so you’ll need to check if it works in your area. You use Olio to donate unwanted food from your kitchen to someone else’s, or you can receive free food the same way. This is useful for when you have open boxes, random things, fruit that’s about to spoil, or canned food that is past its ‘best by’ date. In other words, all the stuff they won’t accept at the food pantry, but is still perfectly good for someone to eat. But for whatever reason you are not going to eat it yourself. I love this idea so much, that I am disappointed the app still doesn’t work in my city. So I encourage you to take a minute to check if it works in your area.

 

 

Next on the list is Charity Miles. They have been around since 2012. If you walk, run, or bike, then this is an app that will reward one of many charities for something that you were doing anyway. Before your walk, run, or bike, you log on to the app and notify it that you’re about to start. You also choose which charity you want your miles to benefit. There are a whole lot to choose from, and they are major charities that you’ve heard of before. Then you start your trip, and the app will measure your distance traveled. They will donate up to 25 cents per mile for a walk or run, or 10 cents a mile for a bike ride. You can join teams to make it even more fun. Not only is it fun, but I like that this app isn’t constantly tracking you. There are similar apps that require you to allow them to track your every movement, but this is not one of them.

 

 

 

The third app is called Donate A Photo and it’s by Johnson & Johnson. This app has been active since 2013. J&J pledge to donate $1 for every photo that you “donate”.  You log on to the app and choose a cause to support. The causes are always changing, but they are all related to health. Then you upload a photo to the app. You have the option to share it to Instagram if you want to, but that is optional. And the photo can literally be anything. Some people upload the same photo every single day. The fine print is that Johnson & Johnson has already committed to donate some minimum amount to the cause. But if you donate enough photos and it goes over that minimum, then they will donate more dollars. Each cause sets a goal and they are allowed to remain on the app for a set period of time, or until their goal is reached, but they are at least guaranteed a minimum donation from J&J. J&J says they do hope that you share the cause and your photo on social media, but even if you just share within their app they will promote Donate a Photo with their own gallery. They won’t sell your photos.

 

 

I like these because you can feel like Santa with very little effort and nothing out of your pocket!

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