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Charity Miles: The Best Charity Donation App

Charity Miles is a charity donation app that allows users to raise money year-round by turning the miles they walk or bike into donations.

App Store preview of Charity Miles

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means the season of giving. Giving to charity is so rewarding, but sometimes, our bank accounts can’t give as much as we’d like. Our App of the Week, Charity Miles, is a charity donation app that gives without you having to spend a penny.

In 2002, Gene Gurkoff started running marathons in honor of his grandfather with Parkinson’s. Over time, he ran over 40 marathons, each with continuous support and sponsorship from his friends and family. Gurkoff wanted to find a way that companies would sponsor him, but he knew that it would require organizing a big event to get a corporate sponsor. That is, until the release of the App Store. Gurkoff realized that if he could get enough people on one side of the phone who wanted to raise money for charity, then companies would want to be on the other side and do social good in return. In 2011, Gurkoff founded Charity Miles and began his charitable journey.

Charity Miles allows users to raise money year-round without having to ask friends and family if they’d like to donate (though the option is always there). Many people run marathons and 5k’s in an effort to raise money for charity, but Charity Miles appeals to all runners and non-runners (because marathons aren’t everyone’s cup of tea). Charity Miles counts the miles you run, walk, or bike and donates to a charity of our choice in return.

So how does Charity Miles work if no donations are required? Corporate sponsors repurpose their media budgets for social good by allocating money to Charity Miles, who in return play premium ads in the app. After you create an account, choose a charity of your choice from a list of over 40, including Multiple Sclerosis Society, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Association, and many more. After picking your charity, get to moving. Whether you’re walking, dancing, running, biking, or whatever you choose to do, Charity Miles tracks your movement and donates for every mile you move.

Screenshots of Charity Miles

With a 4.8/5 star rating in the App Store, Charity Miles has been featured by Fast Company and Mashable. HuffPost and Cnet have featured Charity Miles on lists of apps that support charity and allow users to give back. Since its founding, Charity Miles users have earned over $2.5 million for charity.

Download Charity Miles and begin your ongoing charity journey today.

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