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Donating via Mobile: Social Good Apps

The past month has been filled with heartbreaking stories about Syrian refugees. You may have read posts from your friends or family on Facebook asking for donations and wanted to help, but didn’t know how to transfer the money safely. Or maybe you are offline. This is where apps – rather than websites – have an advantage. Here’s how you can let your generosity flow without having to access a laptop – just use an app. Several bank apps offer options to donate instantly to reputed charities too, like Barclay’s PingIt.


This smart app uses image recognition to recognise which charity you’ve just clicked a pic of, searching through its database of thousands of charities. You can then select the amount (minimum is £2) and use PayPal or your credit card to transfer the money. The SnapDonate app also works offline, placing your transfer on hold until you are back on mobile data/ WiFi.




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EBay for Charity

eBay has tied up with charities such as UNICEF UK so you can choose to donate a percentage of the final selling price of your eBay auction items to them via the app.








Give As You Live

With a database of 220,000 UK charities, the Give As You Live app combines shopping with donating. The app scours through thousands of retailers to find the best price for the product you want to buy and then shares a percentage of the purchase price with the charity of your choice. The app claims to have raised £6,326,654.10 so far.

Here’s where you can download it:

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Donate With PayPal

With PayPal, you can search more than 20,000 certified non-profits in their database and donate instantly to any of them. We found these charities for Syrian refugees.





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