15 Apps for Volunteering & Donating to Your Favorite Charities for iPhone & iPad

July 21, 2012

Volunteering and donating is a great way to help your local community and make a difference. We’ve put together a list of apps to help you find causes to donate to and organizations to volunteer for, locally and globally. Check out our list and tell us what causes matter most to you in our comments section. 

The Opp-Guide to Community Service - for iPhone

  • Search for a nearby community service organization near you
  • Search by keyword, zip code or category
  • Over 285,000 service opportunities
  • Intended for teens but great for any age
View on iTunes

Reward Volunteers - for iPhone

  • Tracks and rewards volunteers and the organizations they serve
  • Prizes include cash, vacations, Cabot Cheese baskets and more
  • Track your hours with any volunteer organization that has a Facebook page
  • Volunteers see a live feed of activity by all participants
View on iTunes

Catalista: Volunteer Locally! - for iPhone

  • Connect with local nonprofits and find ways to volunteer near you
  • Invite your friends to volunteer on Facebook
  • Track your hours
  • Over 250,000 opportunities to serve
View on iTunes

Pay it Forward - for iPhone

  • Get daily suggestions with an act of kindness that is simple, fun and effective
  • Keep track of your good deeds
  • Share on Facebook, Twitter and email
View on iTunes

UNICEF USA - for iPhone

  • Stay in the know of UNICEF news and events
  • Get alerts of critical world events
  • Make donations to help prevent children’s deaths worldwide
View on iTunes

Kiwanis International - for iPhone

  • Find Kiwanis clubs near you with a database of 8,000 clubs worldwide
  • Join and volunteer in club service projects
  • Donate to the Kiwanis International Foundation
  • Kiwanis International is dedicated to serving the children of the world
View on iTunes

Trensy - for iPhone

  • Help your community by doing good deeds and checking in with Trensy
  • Earn points, join teams and challenge friends to do good deeds too
  • Connects with Facebook
View on iTunes

Maranatha Volunteers International - for iPhone & iPad

  • Connects service-minded people with volunteer opportunities worldwide
  • Maranatha constructs urgently needed buildings globally with the help of volunteers
  • Watch videos of how lives are being changed
  • View photos of projects worldwide
View on iTunes

VolunteerMatch - for iPhone

  • Search over volunteering opportunities from over 85,000 organizations
  • Sign up and find local volunteer opportunities
  • Read reviews from real volunteers
  • Share your activities with friends and family
View on iTunes

Cause.it - for iPhone

  • Rewards people who spend time doing charitable work
  • Points can be redeemed as coupons or discounts at local businesses
  • Users can connect to new causes
  • Currently available in Indianapolis and Los Angeles
View on iTunes

Shared Time - for iPhone & iPad

  • Shows stories of everyday volunteers and inspires others to join the movement
  • Connects you to organizations in and around Toronto, Canada
  • Includes videos and scripts of each story
View on iTunes

UN Foundation - for iPhone

  • Stay informed of UN Foundation initiatives with daily content, photos and videos
  • Connects you to UN Foundation social media channels
  • Donate via text, phone or Web
  • Share facts about initiatives through your social networks
View on iTunes

instead - for iPhone & iPad

  • A micro-donation app
  • Encourages people to live within or below their means in order to give to the charity of their choice
  • The app automatically redirects to your browser to complete your donation
  • After credit card processing costs, 95% of the net donation goes to the non-profit
View on iTunes

Charity Miles - for iPhone

  • Empowers you to earn money and raise awareness for charities by walking, running or biking
  • Choose a charity and the app will measure your distance as you go
  • Earn 10 cents per mile for bikers; 25 cents per mile for walkers and runners, all up to our initial $1,000,000 corporate sponsorship pool
  • Share your achievements on Facebook and Twitter
View on iTunes

iKiva for Kiva.org - for iPhone

  • Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through micro lending to alleviate poverty
  • Kiva lets people lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity globally
  • Browse and find loans using filters
  • Check your portfolio and loans’ status
  • Add loans to your basket and checkout using the Kiva website
View on iTunes


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