Apps That Give Back: The Best of Digital Philanthropy

Making a difference every day has become a whole lot easier thanks to a handful of smart, charity-focused apps.

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Charity Navigator

If donors haven’t already committed to a charity, or want to find others to add to their list, the nonprofit organization Charity Navigator can help. The information-rich app they’ve created compiles details on thousands of charities—including their location, mission, programs, sources of funding, and how they spend it—and rates them according to their financial state and how they manage their resources. While you need not take Charity Navigator’s ratings as gospel (the app’s rankings reflect only the criteria they’ve deemed important), it’s a helpful tool, at the very least, to discover a variety of nonprofits working on causes that interest you. Free for iOS and Android;