13 Ways to Donate to Charity For Free

Here is a list of free charity programs that you can use to help the world for free! Help combat world hunger, plant trees, save lives, and much more, without any cost to you!

Name Description Impact Estimated money raised (USD)
GreaterGood Each click raises money for one of many charitable causes. Supports 9 types of causes 60,000,000[note 1]
Ecosia 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 18,300,000[note 2]
Goodsearch 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]
Freerice 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 7,474,000[note 4]
Charity Miles Walk, run, or bike and this app will raise money for a charity of your choice. Supports 42 charities[source] 2,750,000
Goodeed Watch video ads on this website to support fundraising for all types of projects. Has supported 200+ projects 1,360,000
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] 825,000
Bubblytree Watch a video to plant a tree for free! It's that simple. 20,000 trees planted[source] 2,000[note 5]
Apps Planting Trees Ad revenue from basic apps are used to plant trees. Has planted 138 trees (it's new!) 11.50[source]
WeShelter Every tap of a button in the app helps combat homelessness. Known for working in New York City[source] Unknown[note 6]
Microsoft Rewards Earn points by messing around with Bing. These points can be redeemed for nonprofit donations. Supports 21 organizations Unknown[note 7]
Swagbucks Complete certain activities for points that can be donated to charity. Supports 15 charities Unknown[note 8]
BOINC Contribute to scientific research using your computer's processing power. Supports 35 projects;[source] has about 28 PetaFLOPS of computing power N/A

Notes

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.

Explanation: What these scores mean:
Name Base Score (50%) Verified by Charity (20%) Financial Reports (15%) News Articles (10%) Images of Impact (5%) Final Score
Ecosia
✔️
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
100%
Tab for a Cause
✔️
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
95%
GreaterGood
✔️
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
80%
Goodsearch
✔️
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
80%
Freerice
✔️
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
80%
Charity Miles
✔️
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
80%
Goodeed
✔️
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
80%
Microsoft Rewards
✔️
✔️[src]
✔️[src]
80%
Bubblytree
✔️
✔️[src]
70%
Apps Planting Trees
✔️
✔️[src]
65%
WeShelter
✔️
✔️[src]
60%
Swagbucks
✔️
✔️[src]
60%


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