5 Easy-Peasy Ways to Give Back This Season

During the holidays, we’re extra focused on giving back. But between all the cookie-baking and gift-buying, it can be hard to set aside time for do-gooding. In honor of our #MoreGood theme this month we’ve rounded up some simple ways to give back. It’s never been easier to make a difference.

Go for a Run

Whether you’re training for a marathon or just trying to avoid the holiday bulge, Charity Miles makes your regular workout work even harder. Just download the app, pick a charity to support (we’re fans of [She’s the First])(http://www.shesthefirst.org), and start exercising—they’ll donate $.25 per mile for running and walking, and $.10 per mile for biking.

Brown-Bag It

If you knew that the money you’d save by bringing your lunch to work or skipping popcorn at the movies could provide someone with HIV medicine or clean water, you’d do it, right? The app Instead makes those tiny tweaks easy by presenting the tradeoffs and allowing you to donate directly through the app.

Buy Raffle Tickets

Omaze makes charity auctions accessible to anyone, no matter how much money they have to spend. The site aggregates o-mazing (sorry, had to) experiences like meeting celebrities and VIP access to events, and then provides the chance to win in exchange for a $10 donation to an associated cause. Winners are chosen via raffle; you can rack up additional entries by donating more than once and spreading the word through your social channels.

Take More Pictures of Your Food

It’s true—even your annoying habit of Instagramming your breakfast can help a good cause. The Instagram filter FoodShareFilter supports an agricultural program in El Salvador, and a portion of the cost to purchase their app ($0.99–$1.16) goes directly to the charity. Take a picture of your food with the app and add #FoodShareFilter. The app will automatically add a message about preventing hunger and post to your Instagram so you’re spreading the word about the charity.

Search the Web

It’s hard to believe, but you can actually give back simply by searching the Internet. Several search engines donate to causes every time you enter a query. The most established is Good Search, but we also just discovered Bene, an organization started by high schoolers in Seattle that donates 100% of revenue.

If you’re interested in doing even more this season, either through a donation or volunteering, we recommend taking a look at GiveWell, a charity research organization that will help you find the best places to focus your time and energy.

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