An Internet Junky’s Guide To Philanthropy

To determine if you should continue reading this post, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you spend more time online than you’d like to admit?
  2. Do you want to give back, but don’t know how?

If you answered both in the affirmative, you may proceed. (If not, you can still continue. I don’t want to exclude anyone, after all. This isn’t high school.)

I’ve come up with a list of sites that make donating to causes incredibly easy. They’re so easy, in fact, that you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your seat. Whether it’s cursing on Twitter or joining a Groupon for Good, these sites make you feel extra good about things you’re already doing.

Charity Swearbox

What’s it about? Charity Swearbox, which was developed by Fueled, allows users to donate to select charities every time they swear on Twitter. They’ve even created a swear dictionary if you’re stumped.
Who benefits? Some of the partnering causes include Fuck Cancer and BeatBullying.
Ideal users: Potty mouths, sailors, Twitter fiends

LazyAngel

What’s it about? LazyAngel has created a browser app that displays relevant, sponsored ads at the bottom of the screen. The money from advertisers is used to buy micronutrients for malnourished children.
Who benefits? Hungry and malnourished children in need of micronutrient interventions.
Ideal users: Fans of children, avid internet surfers

The Mutual

What’s it about? Dubbed the “Groupon for Good,” The Mutual rewards users for donating $10 a month to an environmental charity of their choice with discounts from a host of different companies.
Who benefits? Some of the environmental charities include Oceana and Carbonfund.org
Ideal users: Beach-goers, those who acknowledge climate change, earthlings

Snoball

What’s it about? Snoball has created a social giving platform that lets users donate to causes of their choice based on how often specific events, like going to a local coffee shop or your favorite basketball team winning a game, occur.
Who benefits? Any charity can potentially benefit.
Ideal users: Sports fans, restaurant patrons, those who do something repeatedly

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