Get Fit for Charity: Apps that Motivate

Getting back into shape is hard, mostly because personal motivation is so fickle. But imagine if another person’s life was dependent on it. That’s the idea behind the latest fitness charity apps. Four apps—Charity Miles, Charity Bets, stickK, and Plus 3 Network—can reward progress by donating money to charity for every fitness milestone reached. Read on to learn more about these healthy giving apps.

Charity Miles

Get ready to burn some serious fat and calories with this app! Charity Miles has a list of sponsors who will donate 25 cents for every mile either walked or run. For bicyclists, it’s 10 cents. Users even have the ability to choose the charity they would like the money to go to. Thus far, Charity Miles has donated over $1.7 million.

Charity Bets

Charity Bets is for those moments when someone says, “I bet that would never happen.” Now, users can put friends and family members to the test by literally betting on their goals. Money is placed on the goal (say $20 for a 5k marathon) and if the user completes the marathon, that $20 will be donated to a charity of their choice.


stickK is revolutionary in that it uses negative incentives to motivate users. Here’s how it works. The user sets a fitness goal and puts money down for that goal. If the user doesn’t meet the goal, that money will then be donated to a charity the user hates. If the user meets their goal, they can do whatever they like with the money, including donating it to a charity of their preference.

Plus 3 Network

Imagine the macro side of donating, as in, huge donations made on behalf of large companies. That’s precisely what Plus 3 Network is focused on, except these generous donations are entirely dependent on the micro side of things. When a company signs up with Plus 3 Network, they’re given a mobile “Clubhouse” that can be used to track participating employees’ physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and other lifestyle factors. The app rewards healthy lifestyle choices by donating money on behalf of the company whenever personal fitness goals are achieved.

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5 Fantastic Philanthropy-Inspired Mobile Apps

5 Philanthropy-Inspired Mobile Apps
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We often discuss the leaders in technology who double as philanthropic standouts, but did you know that technology and charity go hand-in-hand in other ways too? Smart phone apps designed with philanthropy in mind allow anyone to give to worthy causes with the click of a button.

Here are five fantastic philanthropy-inspired apps that put charity right in the palm of your hand:

Charity Miles. This free application allows you to earn donations as you work out. You can track your exercise miles with the Charity Miles app and earn 10¢ per mile while bicycling, or 25¢ per mile walking or running. After you’ve tracked how much money you’ve earned (for example, $1 for a four-mile jog), you get to donate your earnings to a charity of your choice!

Donate A Photo. This app is brought to you by Johnson & Johnson, who will donate $1 to a cause that you want to help for every photo you share on their network. Simply donate one of your photos to the Donate A Photo app (yes, you can donate “selfies”) and $1 will be donated to charities that support community development, child empowerment causes, and other humanitarian groups.

JustGive. JustGive is one of the leading charity-inspired apps out there. Free to download, this app will let you browse its hundreds of listed charities so you can make a donation to causes you care about. This app makes it really easy to give on the go.

VolunteerMatch. This app allows you to connect with one of the largest online volunteer networks. When you download VolunteerMatch, you can easily search for local volunteer opportunities in your area, and determine the ones that are great matches for you. So far 5,000,000 people have found charities to donate their time to through VolunteerMatch!

Check-in for Good. There are lots of apps that allow you to check-in at businesses using your phone’s GPS system. With Check-in for Good, checking in at your favorite restaurants and shops gives those business owners the chance to donate $1 to worthy causes! Locating participating businesses is also a great way to try out awesome local shops and eateries!

What do you think of these philanthropy-inspired apps?