Now over 1,100 Charity Miles Earned!
Charity Miles is an innovative way for you to support your favorite non-profit organization with every mile you run or walk. It is a mobile platform that allows you to cause donations to be made to your group in exchange for a sponsor to capture a small bit of your attention.
What is Charity Miles?
The simplest way to introduce Charity Miles is with this quick 3-step checklist:
- Open the app on your iOS or Android device
- Choose your favorite organization
- Run or walk as normal
By following these three simple steps every time your go for a walk or run, you will earn a donation for the organization you selected. Walkers and runners earn up to 25¢ per mile while those fast-moving bicyclists earn up to 10¢ per mile, thanks to the GPS service on your mobile device.
If you get your daily exercise through walking, running, bicycling, skipping, skating, or any other “human-propelled” activities, and you don’t use Charity Miles, you are leaving very important contributions right on the table!
Who Can I Support?
Charity Miles continues to expand the great organizations with whom they work. That is a testament to the passionate drive they have to help others, and the value substantial and effective groups see in the Charity Miles model.
At the time of this writing, Charity Miles currently supports the following non-profit organizations:
|American Diabetes Association
Habitat for Humanity
Stand Up To Cancer
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Save the Children
World Wildlife Fund
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Wounded Warrior Project
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Every Mother Counts
|Team Red, White & Blue
Girls On The Run
The Nature Conservancy
Pencils of Promise
The World Food Programme
National Park Foundation
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Team for Kids
She’s The First
Nothing But Nets
Back On My Feet
The Partnership for a Healthier America
The Ironman Foundation
Understandably, listing all current organizations may be overkill, but it is to make a point. Charity Miles is dedicated to helping. Period. The more quality organizations that join, the more options walkers and runners have to target their support. The more options people have, the more they will engage. The more they engage… well, you get the idea.
It is the engagement part KalendardKards intends to support by shining a light on this great concept!
Who Are the Sponsors?
Charity Miles cites a few examples on their web site of the companies providing sponsoring support. They include Humana, Johnson & Johnson, Timex Sports and Kenneth Cole. It appears Charity Miles matches the non-profit organization selected by the user with the sponsoring merchant to present per-workout visibility.
Personally, I have seen only Chobani Yogurt and Johnson & Johnson, but I have selected the Alzheimer’s Association each time. As I mentioned above, there are a growing list of fine organizations to support, but KalendarKards is of course focusing in only one area: Alzheimer’s.
How KalendarKards Started
We all know social media is a powerful connector. While cat videos are rampant, there is also valuable connections made. One such connection is how KalendarKards started and a thank you needs to be extended.
KalendarKards is connected to Shelby (@ShelbyIllinois) on Twitter. From her Twitter profile, she is a Nurse Educator and an avid (and accomplished) runner. After seeing daily tweets around her latest Charity Miles sessions, I looked into it. And here we are today.
Thank you, Shelby!
If you choose to share your results with your social media community, Charity Miles makes it very simple. At the completion of each session, you will be prompted to share through Twitter and/or Facebook with a pre-formatted draft. THIS IS OPTIONAL! If that is not for you, simply hit SKIP (if you happen to choose Twitter inadvertently and get to this screen, the option is CANCEL.)
Fortunately, the presence of the sponsoring company is tasteful and not oppressive. In addition to your current session being “branded” by the sponsor, you might be asked one feedback/survey question about their product or be asked to engage in another way.
In each experience I’ve had, it’s been a short and respectful encounter. I am very sensitive to over-commercialization and have not had any discomfort. The interaction is fully worth the financial benefit gained by my selected organization.
Immediately after your session, you will receive a “Congratulatory” email from Charity Miles with a thank you from the sponsor. Chobani Yogurt has been providing a $1.00 off coupon in the email, so it appears everyone could be a winner.
Team KalendarKards and Charity Miles Support
Account creation is simple when you activate the app. You’ll be up and running in seconds. Fortunately, my experience has shown that if you do have any questions (as I did) the Charity Miles support staff are absolutely on the ball and as passionate to support you as their business model demonstrates.
With the ability to create teams and apply a little friendly competition, it made sense for KalendarKards to get in and Team KalendarKards was born. When opening the app, you can select a team with whom you wish to be affiliated. (You can be a part of many teams, and your miles get distributed between them; you keep your personal stats as well.)
On the teams page, just enter “KalendarKards” and join up! We welcome any Charity Miles participants, but know that our personal selection for organization support is the Alzheimer’s Association.
Please join us!
KalendarKards believes societal challenges are great and the ability to address those challenges is not adequate. Therefore, we need to look for any legal, moral, and ethical way to help where our personal compasses point us.
The Alzheimer’s Association is of course an obvious choice for KalendarKards.
But there’s more to it. We also believe the Charity Miles model is a very simple (no reason why we shouldn’t do it) and effective (donations are being made!) model to support your favorite organization.
Even if you don’t have a primary area of focus, like we do at KalendarKards, it is easy to select a group each time and spread the benefits around based on what’s top of mind for you that day. You choose how to help.
Since KalendarKards believes in this model, we want as many people as possible to know about it, too and begin using it to provide support. We encourage you to begin using it as well, join the KalendarKards team, and work together to address those societal challenges.
For more information on Charity Miles, please visit www.CharityMiles.org.
What About You?
Charity Miles is one very good approach to philanthropy. However, there are many creative and effective strategies for supporting the great work of non-profit organizations in our country.
Do you have another approach you use? What’s your “system?” Please share it with us in the comments below.