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Article • December 29, 2011

Best of 2011: Charity

Sites, Apps, and Tools to Improve the World in 2012
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You’ve got the brains, and Free Rice has got, well, rice. Lots of it. And for every trivia question you answer correctly, the site (which is run by the World Food Programme) will donate ten grains of it to people in need. Not impressed? 7,204,460 grains of rice have been donated – since yesterday.
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Facial hair may not be your forte, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a force to be reckoned with. Every November, Movember asks men to grow mustaches and line up sponsors for their efforts. Proceeds help raise awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.
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Charity starts at home – especially if you have a lawn mower. NeighborGoods connects lenders and borrowers, reducing the need for everyone to own snow blowers, hedge clippers, sewing machines, and other items you’ll probably use sparingly.
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Many keywords yield the same search results. But unlike most engines, Ecosia puts those results to work, donating 80 percent of its profits to the World Wildlife Fund’s efforts to preserve rainforests. Simply click on a sponsored link or two and presto: You’ve found your site and done your part.
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Trying to turn a profit is so 2009. Next year, put your money to better use with Vittana. The microloan site specializes in helping underprivileged students get a higher education. Recipients automatically repay the money into your Vittana account once they get a job – and 99% do.