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6 ways apps are changing the third sector


With over half of the world’s population now owning a smartphone, sharing our support, thoughts and ideas and interacting with those around us has never been easier. Here are six ways apps are creating new, innovative opportunities for charities and NGOs worldwide.

1. Keeping track of your kindness:

It has been scientifically proven that helping other people boosts our own happiness levels and luckily there are an increasing a number of apps that let us record and monitor our good deeds. DailyFeats is an app that encourages people to break down their philanthropic goals into straightforward daily actions, helping them to make positive change through small habits. Another altruistic app is Ripil; described as the “world’s kindest app”, it is a free platform enabling companies, schools and communities to “inspire more good”.

2. Saving time:

You no longer need to set aside a set amount of time in order to carry out volunteer work, but instead can help others whilst on the go. The Do Something Good app enables users to support charitable organisations quickly and cost effectively. All you have to do is download the app, discover your preferred organisations and get donating. Whether you’re on your way to work or waiting for an appointment, apps such as this one allow you to make a big difference in the click of a button.

3. Making volunteering fun:

One of the best things about digital technology is that it appeals to a wide audience, including younger people. Apps such as Charity Miles give you the opportunity to raise money for charity simply by walking, running or riding a bike. All you have to do is turn on the app, select a charity and hit start. As you exercise, the app will monitor your distance as well as the money raised. Once you’ve finished, you can accept your sponsorship before receiving a confirmation of your excellent work.

4. Getting creative:

Advancing technology gives forward-thinking charities the opportunity to get creative and push digital boundaries. Be My Eyes is an innovative new app enabling blind people to reach out to a network of sighted volunteers to ask for help via live video chat. Through just a few simple steps, you can lend your eyes to the blind and consequently help someone through their day.

5. Achieving an instant connection:

As well as giving us the opportunity to donate money and show support for an organisation or cause remotely, apps also enable us to seek help instantaneously when in need. Standing for Good Smartphone Activated Medics, GoodSAM enables its users to quickly contact both the emergency services and nearest first aider during a medical emergency.

6. Queue jumping:

If you want to make a charitable donation in exchange for skipping the line in a restaurant, check out CharityWait. A feature of the waitlist management app SmartLine, it unites restaurants with charities in order to support work carried out by non-profit organisations around the globe. You can read more about the feature here.

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