Tag: charities + causes

Facebook Fundraisers: Ask for donations to your cause, right in your News Feed

There’s a new option in the online fundraising world that’s going to make giving so convenient because it’s right in your Facebook feed. Yes, it’s true! Facebook has added the capability for any user to start a personal fundraiser on Facebook for themselves, a friend, or even an event or person who’s not on Facebook. To start your own fundraiser, go to the Facebook Fundraisers page, or tap the menu icon and select Fundraisers on the mobile app. (You don’t even need to update the app; it’s just magically there. Facebook, you get us.) Click or tap on the blue box that says Raise Money...

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Csnaps lets you take a selfie with a celebrity for charity. (Also: Look! Richie Sambora!)

Do you remember The Mother of All Celebrity Selfies? You know, the one Ellen DeGeneres took at the 2014 Academy Awards surrounded by A-list nominees? Well, Richie Sambora remembers it too, especially that the photo ran all over social media for free (reports say it could have garnered $1 billion in revenue). And so he thought, what if that money had gone to charity? So the rocker became a techpreneur, co-founded Csnaps, a free celebrity selfie app that raises money for meaningful causes when fans take pictures with stars. Related: Cases and flashes that make your selfies even prettier.   Related: 8 smart tips for taking selfies with other people....

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We found 3 of the best political apps that make it easy to have your voice heard

It’s amazing to see just how quickly some fantastic app developers have created political apps to help more people get involved in the political process, connect to your elected representatives, and make a difference, one voter at a time. The truth is, signing petitions or form letters may make you feel good (especially when you share the info on Facebook), but they’re about the lowest impact action you can take. Some petitions are actually little more than fundraising efforts for organizations or even politicians. The most effective thing you can do to register concerns is to show up in person at meetings or town...

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Share the Meal app: Our cool free app of the week

As my family is circulating our menu plans and meal prep responsibilities, I can’t help but think about families who are going without over the holidays. When I discovered the Share the Meal app (iOS and Android), I knew that this would be an easy and meaningful way for my family — and most importantly, my kids — to give back. For just $0.50, the UN can feed one child for one day. This is something I can most definitely afford to do, not just to help these children in need, but to help teach my children about empathy and compassion. When...

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6 fantastic last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas you can create online right now. Hurry!

Did June 19 sneak up on you this year? We hear you! If you’re looking for a cool, thoughtful last-minute Father’s Day gift that requires little more than your computer or mobile device and an internet connection, we’ve got you covered. No need to hit the mall or comb through the picked-over racks at the local card store; you don’t even need a printer or ink for these great last-minute gifts for dads. Hope one is perfect for a cool dad in your life.   1. A Multimedia Digital Scrapbook Part online scrapbook, part group card, part multimedia experience  Imprint is a new favorite find...

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4 easy ways to support our troops this memorial day, thanks to tech

With military wives, past and present, among our staff, some of us have experienced the outstanding and essential benefits of military charities firsthand. So while Memorial Day is specifically about honoring our fallen soldiers, we think that finding ways to support our living vets and still-deployed troops is a wonderful way to do something positive in memory of those who have come before them. It’s also a great way to get kids involved, and to remind them that today is about more than barbecues and a day off from school. So in honor of Memorial Day, we’ve put together some worthy, easy ways to...

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Tons of truly last-minute holiday gift ideas: tech to the rescue!

With only a few days until Christmas, we want to make it really easy for you to finish up your holiday tech gift shopping with some last minute holiday gift ideas. In other words, no need to drive yourself crazy — or drive yourself to 15 different stores and battle insane lines full of other, equally harried shoppers. Whether you still have a few people left on your shopping list who deserve thoughtful gifts (but you haven’t quite thought of the perfect thing just yet) or there’s someone important who kind of fell off your list accidentally (we won’t tell!) we’ve rounded up some of our favorite last-minute...

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How to use tech to help the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks

As we watched the events in Paris unfold on the news last night, we were shocked and horrified, and immediately wondering what we could do. We’re feeling especially thankful for technology and social media today, which has made us feel a little less helpless in the wake of this tragedy. If you’re looking to do something to help the victims, even if like us you’re thousands of miles away, here are ways you can use technology and social media to show your support. Image via SarahJaneStudios on Instagram   Facebook If you’re looking for friends and family who might be in or...

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Web Coolness: It’s iPhone day! Plus, how fake Instagram can be, and a selfie spoon. Seriously.

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Today’s the day! Who’s snatching up a new iPhone 6S or 6S plus today? As if we needed a reason to love GoPro anymore than we already do, they launch GoPro for a Cause. Awesome! This smart app helps keeps you and your family members safe when they’re walking home alone. We love that Cards Against Humanity has launched a STEM scholarship for women. You might not believe how many more users Instagram has than Twitter. Wow.   Speaking...

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Accessible playgrounds for kids, on demand. Thanks, internet!

Leave it to NPR and Internet technology to create something as simple and wonderful as Playgrounds for Everyone, a community edited guide helping kids who require handicapped-accessible facilities find them easily. Turns out there actually is no official database like this anywhere to be found, which really surprised me. And, well, we live in an age where if you can’t find the kind of website you need, you go and build it yourself. To find a playground, it’s as easy as typing in a city, address or zip code. The site then specifies whether the playground has a smooth surface, ramps within...

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