Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Charity Miles + Strava

If you have been around my corner of the InterWebs for a couple months, you may remember that I did a little thing called #Carlees34. For the 34 days leading up to my 34th birthday, I did at least one intentional act of kindness a day. It was my attempt at putting a little extra love and goodness back into the world around me. #DoGood #SpreadKindness

One such act came when I signed up for Charity Miles. If you haven't heard of Charity Miles, let me tell you about it.

Since I was sharing my acts on social media (to help encourage others to join in),
this was a shot of my first run using the app (and my attempt at what the logo looked like)

Charity Miles is a socially-driven company connecting charities, individuals, and corporate sponsors to create social change. Their product is an iPhone/Android app enabling you to earn money for charity every time you walk, run, bike, skip, dance or do any human-centered activity. So far their members have earned over $2.75 million for charity!


Just choose from 1 of the over 40 charity partners like Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, She's The First, National Park Foundation or World Wildlife Fund and get moving. When you finish, you have the option to share your activity on Facebook or Twitter, which helps build awareness about the cause you supported and to say thanks to your sponsor.


Based on how far you go, you will earn money for charity just by using the app. The money comes from the corporate sponsors who are re-purposing their advertising budgets for good. The app uses your phone's GPS to track your exercise. Each time you open it up, you can select a charity. You'll then earn 10 cents a mile for biking and 25 cents a mile for walking and running. While the app is open, they show you an ad from the sponsor donating the money.

It's literally like free money donated to a charity for doing something you were going to do anyway! I mean, everyone wins!

When I first signed up for Charity Miles in August, the only option was to have the app open and tracking while doing your activity. Since then (as recently as in the last week or two), Charity Miles has integrated with Strava and now you can sync your activity from Strava. I find this extra awesome because before, when using the Charity Miles app, I found my battery was quickly dying from having my GPS location service running constantly, but now that isn't a requirement. (And because it would drain my battery I was only using it on my shorter runs and therefore not getting as much money for charity as I could've been.) What's even better is that Garmin Connect (the app that syncs all of the info from my Garmin watch) links with Strava, which then transfers the info to Charity Miles - so essentially I don't have to run any apps while running (saving my battery life for important things like my camera or map services) and can still raise money for charity! [NOTE: This is currently only an option on iPhones, but they are working on the integration for the Android market as we speak!]

In fact, as of Friday of last week, Brooks teamed up with Charity Miles for a partnership to help underfunded high schools get the gear they need to perform at their best! They’re hoping to collectively run 10,000 miles to unlock a special donation to the Brooks Booster Club. This special donation would provide grants to two under-resourced high schools in addition to the 25 they donate to currently. The grant each school will receive includes training and racing shoes, racing uniforms and warm-ups for a 30-person team and $2,000 to help with expenses including pay-to-play fees, meet entries, transportation costs, etc. Through its Booster Club, Brooks will have invested more than $1.2 million in cash and product by the end of the year, providing for upwards of 3,500 young runners since the program’s 2015 inception. #AMAZEBALLS

What I saw when I was scrolling through my Charity Miles app

I hope this post didn't come off like I was trying to sell you on an app or anything... Like I said, everything is FREE for you... Now that you don't even have to remember to open the Charity Miles app before heading out on a run, who wouldn't want to use it?! Go out for your run or ride like normal and get FREE MONEY for a charity of your choice! If you were going to get active anyway, you might as well get active and raise money for a cause, right?! It's like a win-win-win! 

What's your favorite charity?

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