||Estimated money raised (USD)
||Each click raises money for one of many charitable causes.
||Supports 9 types of causes
||Search engine that plants trees. Every 45 searches performed will allow Ecosia to plant a tree via nonprofit organizations.
||Has planted 78,900,000 trees
||Similar to Ecosia; each search raises up to 1 cent for a charity of your choice.
||Supports 117,930 causes[source]
||13,100,000[source] [note 3]
||Each question answered correctly in this quiz game will donate 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme.
||Has donated 202 billion grains of rice
||Walk, run, or bike and this app will raise money for a charity of your choice.
||Supports 42 charities[source]
||Watch video ads on this website to support fundraising for all types of projects.
||Has supported 200+ projects
Tab for a Cause
||Every new tab opened with this browser extension will raise money for a charity of your choice.
||Supports 9 charities[source]
||Watch a video to plant a tree for free! It's that simple.
||20,000 trees planted[source]
Apps Planting Trees
||Ad revenue from basic apps are used to plant trees.
||Has planted 138 trees (it's new!)
||Every tap of a button in the app helps combat homelessness.
||Known for working in New York City[source]
||Earn points by messing around with Bing. These points can be redeemed for nonprofit donations.
||Supports 21 organizations
||Complete certain activities for points that can be donated to charity.
||Supports 15 charities
||Contribute to scientific research using your computer's processing power.
||Supports 35 projects;[source] has about 28 PetaFLOPS of computing power
All values are converted to USD with a conversion rate of €1 = $1.10.
Note 1: This includes money raised through shopping, donations, etc; not just money raised through clicking the button.
Note 2: Each tree costs Ecosia €0.22 to plant. This count may include money raised through merchandise sales.
Note 3: This total includes Goodshop, which donates to charity while you shop. Goodshop is technically not a free charity program.
Note 4: Freerice makes $0.37 for every 1,000 questions answered.
Note 5: Each tree costs $0.10.
Note 6: While the amount raised is unknown, the app's founders hoped to raise $1,000 per month by the end of 2015.
Note 7: Microsoft Rewards donations have planted 100,000 trees between November 2018 and October 2019. The screenshot is from an email I received, dated October 24, 2019.
Note 8: Swagbucks claims that they have given away more than $389 million, with an unknown percentage donated to charity.
How legitimate are these FCPs?
This table analyzes the legitimacy of each free charity program showcased in the table above.
What these scores mean:
- Base Score: Each FCP starts with a 50% score. This prevents the scores from being too low, because meeting even one criterion is a good sign of legitimacy.
- Verified by Charity: If any charity lists the FCP as a sponsor or has written about it anywhere on their website, the FCP gains 20% score.
- Financial Reports: Publishing financial reports about how much they donate to charity earns the FCP 15% score.
- News Articles: If a news article has been written on the FCP, an additional 10% score is awarded.
- Images of Impact: If an FCP has published images of its impact, 5% score is awarded.
- 50%: May not be legit. Donations could not be verified in any way.
- 60%: Could be legit. Donations verified by at least one way.
- 70%: Probably legit. Donations verified either by charity or multiple other means.
- 80%: Very legit. Donations verified either by charity or all other means.
- 90%: Extremely legit. Donations verified by at least three ways. It would be hard to disprove this FCP’s legitimacy.
- 100%: Absolutely legit. Donations verified by all four methods. It is nearly impossible to prove this FCP to be a scam.