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10 Free Nonprofit iPhone Apps

April 6, 2010

First there was 10 Nonprofit Text Alert Campaigns. Then 10 Nonprofit Mobile Websites. Now 10 Free Nonprofit iPhone Apps. I thought it was important to lay the foundation of group texting and mobile websites for nonprofits before moving into examining how nonprofits are using iPhone Apps:

1. National Public Radio :: DownloadApp Name: NPR News Updated: March 4, 2010

The ultimate portable NPR experience for your iPhone or iPod Touch, the NPR News App allows you to follow local and national news and listen to your favorite NPR stations wherever you are and whenever you want to.

The App allows users to listen live to public radio stations coast to coast and create a playlist of stories to hear in any order or to save for later. Users can also download stories for offline reading. More.


2. Humane Society of the United States :: DownloadApp Name: Humane TVReleased: February 12, 2010 .

Watch captivating video stories produced by HSUS award-winning videographers on their HumaneTV App. Channels include Latest News, Pets, Wildlife, Animal Rescue, Factory Farming, Animal Fighting, Fur-Free, Horses, Protect Seals, Wildlife Abuse, International, Investigations, Press Room.

With built-in sharing functions, a web view for more details on each story, and a simple, no-nonsense interface, HumaneTV offers animal lovers the most useful and informative video experience in the App Store. More.

3. Amnesty International :: DownloadApp Name: AiCandleReleased: March 29, 2010

Across the globe, people like you are appalled by human rights abuses and are standing up for justice and humanity. With AiCandle App supporters can light the iCandle and be a human rights activist by taking part in international campaigns and petitions to ensure that more prisoners of conscience are released, death sentences are commuted, torturers are brought to justice and governments are persuaded to change their laws and practices. More.

4. VolunteerMatch :: DownloadApp Name: VolunteerMatch Released: March 9, 2010

VolunteerMatch is an award-winning service that makes it easy for good people and good causes to connect – and now their iPhone app makes it even easier. Search 60,000 open volunteer opportunities to find the perfect one for you. See what’s closest to where you live, work or go to school. Read reviews from real volunteers and share your activities with your friends and family. VolunteerMatch is where volunteering begins… on the go! More.

5. Black Dog Institute :: DownloadApp Name: Black Dog Pedometer Released: March 17, 2010

The Black Dog Institute Pedometer App allows you to set your distance and time goal and tracks your personal best. A little black dog keeps pace as you work to achieve your goal and barks a motivating message to encourage you along.

The pedometer is also linked to the Black Dog Institute mobile website which provides more information about depression and bipolar disorder and allows for online donations to the Institute. More.

6. Human Rights Campaign :: DownloadApp Name: HRC Buying for Equality Guide Released: Updated February 25, 2010

The Human Rights Campaign’s Buying for Equality App is your guide to brands and products from businesses that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality — businesses that don’t discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity, that provide benefits for LGBT employees and their families and that respectfully market to and/or recruit employees from the LGBT community. More.

7. Kiva :: DownloadApp Name:KivaAlertsUpdated: May 6, 2009

KivaAlerts is a super quick App that allows you to check the latest loan requests on Loan requests on get fulfilled very quickly and we update open loan requests every few minutes so that you can find the loans of your interest quickly as they appear. KivaAlerts is a great way for you to grant loans to entrepreneurs of your interest by being on top of new loan requests at all times. More.

8. Surfrider Foundation :: DownloadApp Name: Surfrider Released: January 19, 2010

This application funnels numerous Surfrider Foundation feeds to one place. Access videos, blog updates, twitter posts and more. More.

9. International Committee of the Red Cross :: DownloadApp Name: Red Cross Released: January 30, 2010

Get the latest news about the ICRC’s activities around the world plus a selection of photos, videos and publications on current humanitarian concerns.

International Committee of the Red Cross: an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence. More.

10. MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger :: DownloadApp Name: MAZON Released: November 16, 2009

Donate, advocate, stay up-to-date, find volunteer opportunities and more with the free MAZON iPhone App.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national, nonprofit organization that has been allocating donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds since 1985. More.

I will elaborate at a later date, but briefly three very important best practices that I learned while researching for this blog post: 1) The App Description is important. Make it a good one. 2) Be smart about App Keywords. It’s hard to find “nonprofit” iPhone Apps. 3) Don’t link to your desktop site in an iPhone App – especially the “Donate” page! Finally, if your nonprofit has an iPhone, please list the link below. I will add it to my profile on Appolicious:
Related Links:
Webinar :: How Nonprofits Can Utilize Group Texting, Mobile Websites and Smartphone Apps
Mobile Technology for Nonprofit Organizations LinkedIn Group
Which is a better investment for your nonprofit – a mobile website or an iPhone App?
19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2010 7:28 am

    Green Map System

    App Name: Green Map


    Joining the mobile revolution this week, Green Map System is pleased to announce two new sustainable living resources for people on the move:

    • a mobile website designed for all internet-enabled cell phones
    • the first Green Map iPhone App!

    Ideal for locals and tourists alike, both feature the beta version of “What’s Green Nearby?™” a handy tool for connecting with green resources on the go. Drawing from over 10,000 sites contributed to the interactive Open Green Map sustainability mapping platform by local Green Map teams, this beta version delights users as it guides them to farmers markets, green buildings, gardens and heritage sites that help everyone make greener, healthier, low-impact choices.

    Version 1.0 of the Green Map iPhone App includes 10 additional sections, delivering an insightful view into the impacts of this global movement through its Green Maps, videos, photos, Twitter, blog and much more.

    Both mobile tools are free and ready for you now!

    • Simply type into any phone’s internet browser for the mobile website.
    • Click for the App, or search Green Map in the Apple Store.

    Reviews include, Download Squad, The Daily Green, Turning Green and Too Lazy To Do It.

    And we have added a new feature – Find Sites by the Icon – try it on the App and see what’s near you!

    We are delighted to share this new way of exploring our 15 years of work connecting community and sustainability resources together. Our design team, including Té Baybute and Akiko Rokube utilized to develop the iPhone app in less than a month, and members of our Board, Thomas Turnbull and Stan Wiechers, pitched in to create the mobile website. With the help of sponsoring companies, foundations and individual donors, we’ll be building richer versions and continually improving exploration and interaction, contributing much to community well-being and the future we all share.

  2. April 6, 2010 7:29 am

    More Birthdays, from the American Cancer Society, lets you keep track of all the upcoming birthdays of your friends, family, and contacts, using Push Alerts to send you either weekly or daily reminders.

    The American Cancer Society is the Official Sponsor of Birthdays!

  3. April 6, 2010 12:31 pm

    The Sierra Club’s very first iPhone app has just been approved by Apple.

    You can now download the Sierra Club Eco Heroes application and take an Eco Hero pledge to be entered in our drawing to win five nights at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows with roundtrip airfare for two and a full-day tour of Volcanoes National Park with Hawaii Forest and Trail. You can also check out which state has the most Eco Heroes and share the app with your friends.

    Check it out:

  4. April 7, 2010 7:00 am

    I’m a big fan of Snap Impact – I wish you would have included their app.

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      April 7, 2010 7:06 am

      I’ll look into it. If you know them, they don’t come up in “nonprofit” searches in the App Store. Have them add “nonprofit” as a keyword.

  5. Seth Eisenberg permalink
    April 7, 2010 12:33 pm

    PAIRS Foundation Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) App is now available on iTunes. These five steps, in sequence, help nurture and protect our relationships – the foundation for happiness, health, wealth and success.

    To learn more visit:

  6. April 7, 2010 1:18 pm

    Thanks for compiling these. I look forward to more nonprofits using mobile technologies to further their missions.

  7. April 7, 2010 9:12 pm

    thank you for help

  8. April 14, 2010 9:14 am

    Donate Life America (a non-profit that coordinates national campaigns for organ/tissue donation) has an ICE (In Case of Emergency) app for iPhones:

  9. April 23, 2010 11:37 am

    The Center for Global Development made an iPhone app, Meet-N-Meter, to tally the person-hour cost of a meeting and convert the dollars into development-related items such as insecticide-treated bed nets, vaccines, and school uniforms.

  10. April 27, 2010 4:27 pm

    I’ve recently developed an app for my organization, IntraHealth International. The IntraHealth iPhone App is available now in the App Store:

    At IntraHealth International, our core focus is health workers—from nurses, physicians, and midwives to community volunteers and all the people who support health workers in their jobs.

    · Learn how we’re partnering with countries around the world

    · Read country profiles

    · Stay up to date with breaking news

    · View photos and videos

    · Play the OPEN remix album

    · Share your views on Facebook and Twitter

    · Find our offices around the world

    · Learn how you can get involved

    IntraHealth supports the people working for the health of their communities—because health workers save lives.

  11. May 4, 2010 8:40 am

    iCab Mobile has been available for a long time (a year today if one assumes “first public version” means “first available on the App Store”; I haven’t followed iCab closely for a few years, so I don’t know for sure when iCab Mobile first appeared in the App Store). Granted iCab has been a WebKit browser for the last several years, but Apple certainly has allowed competing web browsers on the iPhone. That’s not to say that there aren’t problems that make competing web browsers a less-integrated experience, but it’s certainly not the case that Apple has been rejecting “apps that compete with their built-in functionality” in the web browser space, and it hasn’t been this way for a long time (despite what the internet-mind would have us believe ). I have heard that there are other WebKit-based web browsers in the store, too, but I haven’t tried to confirm this.

    Opera Mini is the first non-WebKit “web browser” approved, sure, and this was a big deal—but I agree with Limi that Opera Mini isn’t really a web browser in the sense of Mobile Safari and iCab Mobile. This is a good layman’s technical overview of Opera Mini (written before approval) and this has some good screenshots that illustrate what the not-a-real-browser tradeoff means in UI/UE terms.

  12. July 23, 2010 9:51 am

    Thanks alot!!


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