Now that the crazy, record breaking consumption of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is over, let's turn to a much more altruistic event: give Tuesday.
We all have our apologies when it comes to supporting charitable causes: we have no time. We do not have any money. We have neither the time nor the money.
Let's throw these excuses out the window, right? Because it's actually quick and easy to donate ̵
Do you buy anything at Amazon? I thought I would like to be a part of almost every purchase for a charity? Moron!
This is Amazon Smile in a nutshell. Simply point to smile.amazon.com with your browser (or change your bookmark) and then select a charity you want to support. (For example, I used this for years for my daughter's marching and percussion group.)
Then just shop as usual. As long as you do this through smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of all eligible purchases. All prices and products are the same as those you would get if you buy them at the usual Amazon address.
The only downside is that Amazon's mobile app does not currently support this option. So, if you frequently buy on your phone do so instead in your mobile browser. Or add content to the cart in the app and complete the purchase with the browser. Either way, it's easy and free. Altruisto
I know, I know: you hate browser extensions. But maybe think about it? Altruisto is a Chrome extension that works with over 1,000 partner stores to make charitable donations from a portion of your purchases.
These stores include Etsy, Ebay, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, and Booking.com, just to name a few. The donations will be shared between the Against Malaria Foundation, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and Give Directly – three charities reviewed by GiveWell.org. Altruisto itself is a community interest company and has a detailed FAQ section on structure and policies.
As with Amazon Smile, this is a free and easy way to find serious causes of under-funded causes by shopping as usual.  Advantage
The Benefit App makes it a reality Play kid gift-assisted gift cards for places you already buy.
With hundreds of shops and services ranging from Airbnb to Zappos, Benefit is something of a cashback service – but it can be considered a cash-forward.
It works like this: When you buy something At a participating retailer, either online or in the store, you first purchase a gift card from the Benefit app (available for Android or iOS). Then just use this gift card to make your purchase.
And that's all that goes with it. A percentage of this purchase will automatically be directed to the target of your choice: school, charity, charitable organization or even your own bag.
The actual percentage depends on whether you associate Benefit with your bank account or a credit card. The prices are much higher (often twice as high) if you choose the former. For example, you can get a 2% discount on all Amazon purchases if you've set up Benefit with your bank account. For a credit card, it is 0.5 percent. Take a trip? The reductions for American Airlines are 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
Although you need to pre-empt every time you use Benefit, this is a simple step-and a very easy way to return something.
Are you going? Running? Bicycle? Track your activities with the Charity Miles app and turn those activities into charitable donations. All you do is log your miles – the app actually logs them for you – and then choose from a range of charities. The donations come from "forward-looking" sponsor companies.
Charity Miles basically turns your movement into money for dignified purposes. Another free and easy option!
Okay, this requires a little trial . CheckPoints is a reward app that allows you to earn points by performing various activities: scanning barcodes, watching videos, conducting surveys, etc.
You can then redeem these points for gift cards. If you wish, you can also convert the points into charitable donations.
Donate Photo is a free app that lets you help people as easily as take a picture. For each photo you "donate" through the app, Johnson & Johnson donates a $ 1 donation to the cause or charity of your choice.
You can donate a photo per day
These are the tools I found that make giving free and easy. If you found others, be sure to mention them in the comments!
Originally published on February 23, 2018.
Update dated November 27: New information added.