9 MOBILE APPS THAT SUPPORT CHARITY

1. I Can Go Without

I Can Go Without simply allows people to swap a WANT, for someone else’s NEED. It is an app that encourages users to pledge to make lifestyle changes (such as giving up a cup a coffee each week) and then enables users to donate the money that they save to nonprofits. It is a social giving platform that enables its’ users to participate in philanthropic work by connecting causes and donors in a fun engaging way.

2. HelpBridge

HelpBridge lets you notify your friends and family by text, email or a message to your Facebook wall that you are okay when a disaster happens. Those messages can include your location, too. It also allows you to browse volunteer opportunities during crisis situations.

3. Google One Today

Give a little, change a lot. One Today lets you donate $1 each day to causes and nonprofits that inspire you. It’s a community of generous people doing one good deed a day. It allows you to create a culture of giving every day, which in turn, can make you feel like you’re making a consistent positive change in the world!

4. Check-in for Good

Check in at the places you love, raise money for the causes you care about. This is an app that enables users to check-in on their device to participating retail locations to generate micro-donations to nonprofits. It is also free for business to create a free Check-in for Good Cause page, which can help you realize your vision by increasing awareness, mobilizing supporters, building partnerships and raising funds.

5. Charity Miles

An app that enables users to earn money for charity when they walk, run, or bike. Donate without dipping into your bank account, and become a sponsored athlete? That’s a beautiful thing. Charity Miles is the easiest way to integrate philanthropy into your daily workout by earning money and raising awareness for charities each time you exercise – just turn on the app, choose a charity and press start.

6. Instead

“You don’t have to be a billionaire to change the world. You can do it $3 and $5 at a time,” Instead’s website reads. This “micro donations, macro impact” app is all about tapping into our everyday choices. For example, instead of spending $15 a week on buying coffee every morning, you decide to make it home, and save the $15. Each time you brew a coffee at home, you can log it in the app and donates a few bucks.

The app clearly displays the impact of your choice — so in lieu of your regular store-bought coffee, those few dollars could provide a South Sudanese child with clean water for a year.

7.  Budge

Budge is a great way to spice up any friendly challenge. With the Budge app, you can create a challenge with your friends or family, and the loser has to pay an agreed upon donation. This can be a fun motivation tool when training for a sporting event, losing weight or keeping on top of your most recent goals.

8.  VolunteerMatch

Tapping the most popular volunteer network online, the VolunteerMatch app lets you search volunteer opportunities by your location, learn about what is involved and share with your network. So, the next time you are sitting around wondering what to do on Saturday, open the VolunteerMatch app and decide where to donate your time.

9. JustGive

The JustGive app is possibly the easiest online app for making traditional donations. Just browse or search listed charities and make a donation quickly and easily. It really is THAT easy!

“Extreme” Poverty Findings

According to a recent article published by Philanthropy News Digest, “A report from the World Bank estimates that the percentage of people living in extreme poverty around the globe will fall below 10 percent by the end of the year,” (World Bank Sees ‘Extreme’ Poverty Falling Below 10 Percent).

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The report, entitled, Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity: Progress and Policies, consisted of 83 pages and projected that the amount of people living below an updated international poverty line will fall 9.6 percent this year. With an international poverty line standing at $1.90 a day, the number of people living in these circumstances will drop from 902 million in 2012, to 702 million this year.

This decrease in “extreme” poverty, according to the report, is largely due to strong economic growth and a multitude of investments in education, health, and social safety nets, which have collaboratively assisted around a billion people out of poverty starting early in the 21st century. However, it’s important to note that:

“At the same time, extreme poverty has become more concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly half the global poor live, even as the extreme poverty rate in the region fell from an estimated 56 percent in 1990 to a projected 35 percent in 2015. Another third of the globe’s extremely poor are concentrated in South Asia, where the extreme poverty rate is projected at 13.5 percent, down from 50.6 percent in 1990,” (World Bank Sees ‘Extreme’ Poverty Falling Below 10 Percent).

It is vital in determining whether or not poverty levels have dropped significantly or barely at all through use of statistical data processed over the years.

Further improvements to aid in the decline of extreme poverty will be catered towards sustainability and the development of how and when to reach certain goals. In addition, more statistical analysis will be used to see unevenness in shared prosperity, disparities in dimensions of development, and access to health services and quality education. Though we have seen a somewhat significant decrease in extreme poverty globally, certain target areas will need further improvements.

In conclusion, we, as a global nation, are making large strides to eliminate the amount of poverty in the world today. This is a big deal. As World Bank president Jim Kong Kim said, “This is the best story in the world today – these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty,” (World Bank Sees ‘Extreme’ Poverty Falling Below 10 Percent).

 

What is Watsi?

Scot UlmerAs our society develops into more and more of an online, tech-savvy world, often times we get distracted by the likes and notifications and forget to notice the true beauty of how technology can actually help save lives. Online websites and profiles have helped people around the world get the medical attention they need through various funding efforts and awareness. One platform that comes to mind is Watsi, but what is Watsi?

Watsi is an online platform founded in 2012 by Chase Adam, a Peace Corps volunteer, that helps provide medical care to individuals who need it, despite their income or medical situation. Adam came up with the idea of this technology-driven philanthropy when he was traveling through Watsi, Costa Rica, by bus and was witness to a woman on the bus asking for donations to help pay for her son’s medical care – which as we know, can be extremely expensive. When Adam returned to the states, he used Kiva, a crowdfunding website, as a model for creating an online platform that was easily usable and accessible to help low-cost, high-impact medical treatments for people who need the help.

Often used by citizens of underdeveloped or developing countries, the web platform caters to a wide range of needs – from setting broken bones back to place, to removing a complex brain tumor. According to an article published by Philanthropy News Digest, “To be considered for funding, a patient must have an injury or condition that, if left untreated, will severely affect his or her quality of life,” (Watsi). Once a patient is considered for funding, the Watsi team (which is based in San Francisco) helps find a doctor, donor, or anything related to the specific injury, that can help the patient out. Over the years, Watsi has partnered with the African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Project Medishare, and the Children’s Surgical Center in Cambodia, along with other highly recognized web platforms like Google, Dropbox, and Periscope to help assist with funding and medicinal needs.

Since September 1st, 2015, more than 13,400 donors have provided assisted healthcare for over 4,800 patients around the world. In addition, according to Philanthropy News Digest, “The Watsi team offers a guarantee that 100 percent of any donation will support the procedure toward which it has been given,” (Watsi). Watsi is an incredible example of the ways in which our predominantly technologically-driven world can be used for the benefit of humanity. Other online platforms should look to Watsi as an example of a well thought-out, and well received, web source that points to where the future of technological innovation should be heading.

 

Fundraising for Philanthropy

Scot UlmerWhether you are an active member of a philanthropy or you run one – there are many ways you can contribute to fundraising for your cause.

Fundraising for philanthropy is a great way to not only connect people throughout your community, but to educate those around you about your charity – that could be as specific as raising money for hospital funds that will go to one of your relatives in need, or for a widely-recognized philanthropy such as the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

Here are some helpful tips you can use to raise money for whichever philanthropy you are passionate about:

First, whenever you are raising awareness for a cause, make sure to be creative. Nobody ever wants to be harassed in the middle of the street in New York City on their way to work. Instead, be appealing and use your resources.

Making an announcement at work, or sending out an email to those you think would be interested is a great way to let people know that you want them to attend your fundraising event – but only if they want to. Never force somebody into donating money, because chances are they won’t want to donate to your cause again.

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Next, try to get children involved in your fundraising event. There’s nothing that people love seeing more than innocent children (though they may not always be so innocent) making an effort to learn and care about a certain charity. Try hosting an arts and crafts session for children that helps children learn about a cause while simultaneously giving them creative freedom to have fun and partake in the arts.

For example, if you are an advocate for heart health and cardiovascular disease, one of the leading causes of death in the United States, host an arts and crafts project where children (parents) donate 5-10 dollars and in turn get to make paintings of hearts – these could even be donated to a nearby hospital!

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Another great way to help raise money for your philanthropy is to promote good health by holding a sports competition or race at a local high school or infamous landmark in your town. A basketball tournament is always a great way to get the community together for friendly basketball games. Plus, who doesn’t love watching the local dentist get called for a double dribble?

In conclusion, there are many ways you can help raise money for your philanthropy, but having fun with it will always end in a better turnout and outcome for your event. Good luck!

Saudi Prince Donates Billions to Charity

Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, an investor, business man, and Saudi royalty, announced last week that he will donate all of his fortune ($32 billion) to charity within the next few years.

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According to the Huffington Post, Alwaleed recently stated, “‘It is a commitment without boundaries. A commitment to all humankind,’” (Saudi Prince Says He Will Donate $32 Billion to Charity). Alwaleed is the CEO of Kingdom Holding Company, an investment organization located in Saudi Arabia, and also has made large investments in Apple, Twitter, Citigroup, GM, Euro Disney, and many other well-known companies.

At 60 years old, Alwaleed plans to donate billions to Alwaleed Philanthropies, his nonprofit organization that supports a wide array of causes, such as disease and poverty eradication, intercultural understanding, women empowerment, and disaster relief. At a recent press conference, the prince spoke about his plans to allocate the money, saying, “‘It will be based on a strategy that is supervised and managed by a board of trustees headed by me to ensure that it will be used after my death for humanitarian projects and initiatives,’” (The Huffington Post, Saudi Prince Says He Will Donate $32 Billion to Charity).

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Furthermore, according to the Huffington Post, “Gender, race or religious affiliation will not factor into which humanitarian issues are addressed,” (Saudi Prince Says He Will Donate $32 Billion to Charity).

To read more about Alwaleed’s business and philanthropic life, check out the Huffington Post’s article here.

 

Responding to Natural Disasters

The American Red Cross is an internationally-known nonprofit organization that provides care to help those in need. Whether it be from natural disaster, military families who need support, health and safety services, blood donation, among various other humanitarian support across the globe, the American Red Cross is does everything they can to prevent and relieve people from suffering. Through an extensive network of volunteers, donors, and employees, this nonprofit organization has made life-changing impacts on people from all over the world.

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One of the Red Cross’ main duties is to respond to natural disasters. Each year, the Red Cross responds to around 70,000 disasters in the United States alone – which can range from a small house fire to devastating earthquakes that have wiped out millions of people from their homes. When these disasters occur, the Red Cross responds as quickly as they can to provide shelter, food, water, health services, mental health services, and any other assistance a community (or country) may need to help get people back on their feet.

In lieu of Nepal’s most recent devastating earthquakes that have displaced millions of families from their homes and inhibited their access to food and water,  the American Red Cross has worked closely with the global Red Cross and the Red Crescent network to deliver services to aid those affected by the disaster. These organizations respond to natural disasters like the earthquakes in Nepal by deploying disaster experts to assess humanitarian needs, organizing relief distributions, and providing shelter for those whose homes have been destroyed.

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In addition, relief supplies are mobilized directly to the site of the disaster, no matter what part of the world it occurs in. Supplies ranging tarps and blankets to hygiene supplies and cooking items are delivered from disaster experts who are sent to those specific areas. Helping out financially by supporting local shops and businesses is another way the American Red Cross helps people suffering from natural disaster.

For more information on ways the American Red Cross responds to natural disasters and other information concerning their relief efforts, visit to their website here.