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25 Free Apps That Are Making The World A Better Place

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1. Feedie turns #foodporn into lunches for kids.

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For every food photo taken at a participating restaurant and shared via social media, 25 cents will be donated to the app's nonprofit parent company, The Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals to students in rural South Africa. Currently available for iPhones. See restaurant list and get the app here.

2. Donate a Photo gives $1 for every photo you share via their free app.

Save the Children teamed up with Johnson & Johnson to create this app where your photo shares equal donations. You can donate up to one photo a day, and they will never be used for commercial purposes. Available for iPhone.

3. HTC Power to Give lets you donate your phone's spare computing power for scientific research.

By downloading the app, plugging in your Android phone and connecting to Wi-Fi, your phone's spare computing power becomes part of a huge grid that provides power to a scientific project of your choice, like researching cures for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS, or understanding climate change, or searching for extra-terrestrial life. More info here.


4. Charity Miles donates money to your favorite charity for every mile you walk, run or bike.

By tracking your progress and donating for each mile, this free app allows you to make every step count. Once you pick your charity and upload your results to social media, Charity Miles will donate 10 cents per mile for biking and 25 cents per mile for walkers and runners. Available for iPhone and Android.

5. GoodGuide helps you find healthy, socially responsible products while you shop.

The app’s barcode scanning feature lets you quickly access GoodGuide’s science-based health, environment and social ratings for over 170,000 products available in the U.S. Available on iTunes and Google Play.

6. Check In For Good is like FourSquare where each check-in raises money.

When you check-in at participating businesses, that business donates $1 to a cause of your choosing and in turn you get coupons and incentives to go back again. Win-win. Available for iPhone and Android.


8. Seafood Watch helps you find ocean-friendly fish at grocery stores and restaurants near you.

Started by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, this app helps consumers and restaurants make responsible and informed choices about their seafood purchases. The database lists fish that are caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways and if those aren't available, they will suggest good alternatives. Available for iPhone and Android.

9. My Life As a Refugee is a game designed to spread awareness about refugee issues worldwide.

In the time it takes to download this game, eight people are forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution, or terror. This game designed by the UN Refugee Agency aims to raise awareness about these issues. Available on Android and iPhone.

11. Budge Challenge turns friendly bets into charitable giving.

Whether it's a silly bet or a real game of chess, Budge lets you create challenges between friends where the loser has to donate to charity. It's basically a win-win. Available for iPhone here.


13. FoodCircles is like Groupon, but with a charity-donation twist.

Using the app you "buy" specific dishes for a minimum donation of $1 that goes to provide full meals or days worth of food for children. Most current restaurants are near the company's home base of Michigan, but they are looking to expand. Find out more and get the app here.

15. Link-SF is a mobile site that helps those who need it find housing, food and medical attention.

California has one of the largest homeless populations in the country, and they recently started a program to provide web-enabled phones free of charge to low and no-income individuals. This mobile-optimized site uses location-based services to find the nearest necessities that are open and nearby. See the site here.


17. Get Rich or Die Smoking shows you how much money you save for quitting smoking.

This app is designed to help people quit smoking by offering rewards, showing the health benefits and the cost incentives for quitting. Available for Android.

19. Tree Planet 2 is a virtual game that pays for a real tree to be planted for each game version.

Since the first version of this game was released, Tree Planet has funded over 340,000 real trees in 13 forests. Directions are in Korean but the game is easy to use. Available for Android.


21. SeeClickFix lets citizens report, track and discuss municipal issues in their neighborhood.

It's like a mobile 311. You use your camera and the GPS to alert the government or whoever is responsible about issues of health and safety, then track the progress. Available for all devices and browsers. Learn more here.

23. Free2Work allows you to scan barcodes and get info on that company's history of forced and child labor.

Free2Work grades are a measure of a company's efforts to make sure that child and forced labor do not exist in its supply chain. The app is currently under review for release in both the iTunes and Android stores. See more here.

24. HelpBridge lets users send messages to emergency contacts and browse volunteer opportunities during crisis situations.

The HelpBridge app from Microsoft aims to simplify disaster communication by notifying loved ones of your location and status during a disaster. You can also donate to relief organizations and see where volunteers are needed. Available for Windows, iPhone and Android. More info here.