5 Free Apps That Turn Your Walking Steps Into Charitable Donations

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Thanks to your smartphone, working out and performing a social good are two things you can now do at the same time! While there are several apps that let you work out and earn cash simultaneously, a few of them let you donate that money toward a charitable cause.

If you want to give yourself a good workout and give back at the same time, read on!

In this article, I’ll show you some of the best walking/fitness apps that give you the option of turning your steps into money you can donate to charities.

These Apps Allow You To Donate to Charity by Walking

In researching this article, I downloaded fitness and step counter mobile apps in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store after a listener to the Clark Howard Podcast suggested it to Clark, who’s all about staying fit.

All of the apps listed below allow you to sync your account with a Fitbit, Garmin or another health-tracking device so you can count your steps and gauge your health. I have an iPhone, so I was able to connect the apps to the Health Kit app on my device.

Please note that many of these apps ask that you enable location tracking so they can monitor your movements. Many of them also ask for some personal information such as your height, weight and age.

Ready to get started? Let’s take a look at some of the best free fitness apps that let you donate to charities.

Charity Miles

Charity Miles app

Charity Miles logs your movements whether you’re running, walking or dancing. Once you’ve accumulated some miles, you can choose from more than 60 world-class charities. And you can get sponsored by your friends, your employer or different brands you can choose in the app.

Download: Android | iOS

Paid Version: No


Sweatcoin Wallet

Sweatcoin app

Sweatcoin is a step-counting app that gives you the option to convert your steps into currency you can use to buy products or to support charitable causes. In the app, 1,000 steps generate one Sweatcoin, minus a 5% processing fee.

The app also offers a “Daily 2X Boost,” which lets you earn double the Sweatcoins from your steps for 20 minutes a day.

When I downloaded the app, I was offered the opportunity to upgrade to Sweatcoin Premium ($24.99 a year and $4.99 a month), which comes free for six months if you join Revolut, which is a banking platform. With the Premium version, you can earn double Sweatcoins for every 1,000 steps.

Download: Android | iOS

Paid Version: Yes


Evidation app

With Evidation, you can earn points for doing healthy actions such as biking, running or exercising but also for things like sleeping and filling out surveys. You can then redeem those points for cash, a gift card or a charitable donation.

I got 50 points right off the bat just by connecting the app to my iPhone’s Health Kit program. You also get points each time you complete basic steps in the app such as building your profile.

Download: Android | iOS

Paid Version: No

Fit for Bucks (iPhone Only)

Fit for Bucks app

With the Fit for Bucks app, you can turn your daily steps into rewards which you can cash in at local and online businesses, including charities.


Inside the app, you can also connect to your community by earning “Steps,” which are the Fit for Bucks currency. You can earn up to 10,000 Steps per day, but they do expire, so it’s best to monitor your amount frequently so that you can redeem what you earn in time.

When I searched the app for local businesses, I was able to find merchants as well as religious organizations in my area.

Download: iOS

Paid Version: No


impact app

The Impact app (developed in India) allows you to raise money for charities abroad with each mile you walk or run. Along with activities, the app has a button to allow you to track “passive steps” as well.

Once you set a daily workout goal, you can choose your charity and begin. One charitable cause I saw in the app was the construction of a radiotherapy facility in the Indian state of Bihar.

(Note that the app measures distance in kilometers.)

Download: Android | iOS

Paid Version: No

Final Thoughts

By putting these apps to good use, you can meet your fitness and philanthropic goals at the same time.


Want more ways to keep you and your wallet fit? Read our in-depth guide on the best free workout apps.