Charitable Apps and Sites

Donating to charity through text messages and websites is great, but kids may need something more interactive to help them understand how they're helping. Apps and sites can help families take direct action, learn about important causes, and nurture compassion. Aside from developing empathy and gratitude, helping others can boost kids' self-esteem and expand their worldview. From a trivia game that eases world hunger to stories about people in need, we've hand-picked our favorite apps and sites that help kids do good. And for more inspiration on how kids can help, try this list of Movies That Inspire Kids to Change the World.

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Free Rice

age 9+

Learning and ending hunger, a few grains of rice at a time.

URL: https://www.freerice.com (2009)
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Kiva

age 11+

Micro-loan site gives everyone the chance to help.

URL: http://www.kiva.org (2012)
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Forest: Stay focused, be present

age 12+

Watch focus grow, have real-world impact with visual tool.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Charity Miles - Running & Walking Distance Tracker

age 13+

Help charities through walking, running, and biking.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Youth Service America

age 13+

Safe, thorough resource helps kids make a difference.

URL: http://ysa.org/ (2009)
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Volunteer Match

age 15+

Safe, secure site links teens to volunteer opportunities.

URL: http://volunteermatch.org/ (2009)
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DoSomething.org

age 16+

Not-for-profit site encourages and supports youth action.

URL: http://dosomething.org (2012)