Modern Methods of Giving for the Hip Young Adult
Available now: The virtual wave of charitable giving via text, app, and online browsing

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In most matters “adult” we tend to look to our parents for guidance. But, our poor parents lacked the most incredible and expansive medium for knowledge transmission: the Internet! Our parents were hassled by telethons, snail mail, and blind calls from various organizations pleading for monetary donations.We no longer have to rely on these methods; in fact, we can give donations all while having some good fun!

Now that we are making some money—even if it is barely enough to pay our rent and happy hour lifestyle—it’s time, as young adults, to start considering our options for charitable donations. Luckily, our current times offer us busy urbanites many easy and comprehensive options for philanthropic fun. 

With smartphone in hand, consider these innovative ways to donate via websites and apps:

Even if we are watching a movie or reading a book, let’s be honest—our phones are never too far away. You can now use your texting prowess for messaging nominal donations. For example, the Red Cross will allow Verizon customers to make donations by texting REDCROSS to a designated number. 

You aren’t alone; all Americans need help making conscious decisions about how they’re choosing to donate money. GuideStar.org compiles information on every Internal Revenue Service registered nonprofit organization, and CharityNavigator.org, evaluates more than 6,000 charities nationwide--these are both phenomenal resources for us charity newbie’s. 

For you multitaskers (and let’s be real, we are THE multitasking generation), TabForACause.org gives the opportunity to raise money for charity every time you open a tab in your Internet browser! Really?! Yes, really. In order to get involved in this, you must install this extension (available for Google Chrome and Firefox users), and for each new tab you open, the nonprofit's sponsors will donate a fraction of a penny to charity.

For you fashionistas, BrowseForACause.com offers an easy way to give charity while shopping online. The organization's online retail partners, like Amazon, pay a percentage of profits through an affiliate program of sales partners. When you buy items using the plug-in, the organization donates about 3 to 5 percent of the purchase price to the charity of your choice. Sign us up!

Here at Joonbug we happen to be app-obsessed, and if you are like us (c'mon, we know you are), Socialvest.us is your new iPhone app. This app has partnered with hundreds of major retailers such as Macy's, Target, and Gap, to enable shoppers to earn money for a U.S. nonprofit organization of your choice. You can purchase items online or in-store, compare prices, and find the biggest givebacks using the mobile app's barcode scanner.

So the next time you visit your favorite clothing store or are just goofing-off on Stumbleupon, you can think to yourself, “here is an opportunity for me to be a conscious consumer and align my values with my spending”. Mom and Dad will be proud.