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How To Donate To Charity When You’re Broke

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We all want to donate to charity, but not all of us have the money to do so. I certainly don’t. I may donate a dollar if asked by a store clerk, but as a woman in poverty, that dollar may be the difference between 2 loaves of discount bread, and nothing.

Because my financial issues are pretty wide, it is hard for me to help people. However, it does not have to be this way, as there are plenty of ways to help people, even those affected by Hurricane Harvey, even when you are strapped for cash. So I put together a list of apps and websites that I personally use or used to help donate to charities that I care about.

Charity Miles – Charity Miles is an Apple or Android app that I like a lot because it provides two services. It helps me to walk more often, and it donates money to charity. If I remember correctly, for every mile you walk or run, 25 cents gets donated to your chosen charity, 10 cents for every mile ridden on a bike.

I use Charity Miles often, and so far I have raised almost 100 miles for charity, or 25 dollars, just by doing what I do anyways, walk to the store. It works even better if you don’t have a car, and are forced to walk everywhere. The money donated by the app is raised through integrated sponsored ads that pop up when you start walking. There are completely non-intrusive, and every penny matters

Donate A Photo – I just got into this one. Donate A Photo is an app owned by Johnson and Johnson. Every single day, you can donate a photo that you have taken. Each photo you donate is a dollar towards your selected charity. As of writing this, they are providing help for people affected by Hurricane Harvey, and all you need is a photograph. It could be food, it could be a selfie, just try to make it good, and non-copyrighted.

Goodsearch – Goodsearch is a search engine that donates a penny to a charity of your choice for every search that you make. It is powered by Yahoo, and works decently (I am a Google fanatic myself). I stopped using it a little while ago, but it works pretty well.

You can also get “cash back” from shopping, which also goes to charity. They used to have many other things to earn money as well but seems to have dropped them over the years.

Swagbucks – Swagbucks itself is not a charity site, but you can do surveys, watch videos, answer questions, play games, and the like to earn what they call “Swagbucks”. 1 Swagbuck is 1 penny.

You can, of course, cash out the points for actual money that you can pocket, or gift cards, but you also have the choice to donate to a number of charities, including directly to Hurricane Harvey relief.

So there you have it, 4 ways to earn some money for charity without having any money yourself. There are other things you can do as well, such as donating clothes. However, I would donate them directly to the stores themselves, as many of the donation boxes scattered around cities are fakes and people take the clothes and profit from them.

So donate when possible, even if you are poor as hell!