This American Millionaire Is Using Drones To Rescue Migrants In Africa

Since 1993, 20,000 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea while fleeing war-torn Africa for the safety of European shores. Now, the world's first private maritime search and rescue operation is doing everything it can to help them. And they've already saved thousands of lives. » 3/05/15 6:02pm 3/05/15 6:02pm

Watch Zuck Dump a Bucket of Ice Water on His Head (For Charity)

Some of the most powerful people in the tech world are dumping buckets of ice water on their heads. No, they haven't lost it. They're doing it for charity. » 8/14/14 3:38am 8/14/14 3:38am

Help Get Clean Water to Kids in Need, Just by Ignoring Your Damn Phone

There are a lot of dumb, pointless apps out there that make it hard to put our smartphones down. That's what makes Unicef's new project for World Water Month doubly brilliant—it raises funds to provide clean drinking water to needy kids, by encouraging smartphone users to take a break from the touchscreen. Sounds like… » 2/22/14 4:00pm 2/22/14 4:00pm

U2's new song Invisible—which featured in a Super Bowl ad—is free on iTunes until 23:59 EST today to support HIV and AIDS charity. For every download, Bank of America will donate $1 to Red. » 2/03/14 4:43am 2/03/14 4:43am

Amazon launched two new features today. Day One is a weekly literary journal featuring one short fiction author and one poet, delivered to Kindle readers or apps for $20 a year. And AmazonSmile donates part of what you spend on Amazon to a charity of your choice. [smile.amazon.com via AllThingsD] » 10/30/13 9:24am 10/30/13 9:24am

These Heartbreaking Ads Show How Useless Facebook Likes Can Be

We toss around likes as if they were high fives on the Internet. As affirmation of people doing the right thing. As oh hey look cool. As being silly and ironic. As the digital form of support. As a hug. As a fist bump. But what do those thumbs up actually do? Boosts someone's ego? Spreads your online seed? In… » 6/29/13 1:00am 6/29/13 1:00am

A Cellphone Plan That Helps Make the World a Better Place

It's pretty safe to assume that your cellphone bill is bigger than you'd like it to be. With the help of a new service provider called GIV Mobile, you can slice a little chunk off every month, but it'll go to charity instead of your pocket. » 5/15/13 9:58am 5/15/13 9:58am

Badass Fitness Weirdo Runs 13 Miles on Treadmill Attached to Hot Air…

Rob Ginnivan just performed a batshit fitness publicity stunt. The Australian just ran a half-marathon on a generator-powered treadmill floating on a hot air balloon. Unconventional! At least it's for charity. » 5/18/12 12:40pm 5/18/12 12:40pm

Can Square Donations Save the Salvation Army?

It's about to get a lot harder to dodge the charity you've been so studiously avoiding. The NYTimes reports that the Salvation Army is testing a new way of collecting digital donations this year: Santas with Sqaure. » 11/16/11 12:40pm 11/16/11 12:40pm

Buy This Awesome Inflatable Solar Lamp and Share Light with Someone Who…

Think of LuminAID as the TOMS shoes of... electricity. Each light is rugged, waterproof, solar-powered, inflatable (floating light!) and only $25. But each purchase also nets a LuminAID for a needy stranger without electricity. Gadget awww. » 11/13/11 1:00pm 11/13/11 1:00pm

Kids Will Trade a Pint of Blood for Just About Anything These Days

How do you convince a bunch of otherwise disinterested, likely hung over, easily distracted, and—is that Marijuana I smell?—college students to give up a pint of bodily fluid to the Red Cross? Short answer: free stuff. » 10/01/11 5:30am 10/01/11 5:30am

The Nike Air Mag Is Selling for About $6,000 Per Pair

The Nike Air Mag, a shoe I dreamt of wearing as a kid and can only dream of buying today, are being auctioned off for the search for a cure for Parkinson's Disease. They're selling for $6,142 a pair. » 9/12/11 5:40pm 9/12/11 5:40pm

The Gizmodo Computer Lab For Kids Who Can't Tech Good

We all take things for granted. Like having a school. Or a computer. That's why Gizmodo and some friendly gadget companies are teaming up with Surf For Life, a non-profit that lets people help local causes while on vacation. » 8/30/11 11:05am 8/30/11 11:05am

How an Australian Charity's Swag Is Fighting Homelessness Across Oz

As many as 15,000 people sleep on Australia's streets each night, subjected to violence, harassment, and the elements. That's 15,000 too many for Tony Clark's tastes. So his charity, Swags for Homeless, hands out these ingeniously integrated tent-mattresses called the Backpack Bed. » 8/24/11 11:20pm 8/24/11 11:20pm

London Looting Victim Inspires The Internet

Aaron Biber is an 89-year-old barber from Tottenham. He lost his wife in 2010 and, in 2011, he lost his livelihood to rioters. His story made headlines when a striking image of his ransacked barbershop hit the Internet. » 8/11/11 10:00pm 8/11/11 10:00pm

The Gizmodo Loves Japan Project

We think Japan is pretty swell. So with the country still reeling in the aftermath of March's earthquake and tsunami, we'd like to do our part to aid in the recovery. And you can help! » 7/21/11 2:15pm 7/21/11 2:15pm

Designed by creative agency ENJIN. Body color: White or Black Sizes: S/M/L Designed by designer OMOMMA. Inspired by Kanji…

A Stormtrooper Is Walking Across Australia for Charity

Australia is amazing and I want to visit all of it. Paul French thinks the same but he's actually doing it. French is going to walk around Australia—from Perth to Sydney (2553 miles)—in a Stormtrooper outfit. » 7/15/11 2:00pm 7/15/11 2:00pm

America, This Is Just Too Much

Can't...stop *wheeze* laughing...at...the...cruel *big breath* irony of it all. This is no Photoshop japery like that "Seriously McDonalds" viral; this is the real deal, spotted at an American KFC. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Flickr seals it. [SelfishGiving via Grist] » 6/15/11 12:20pm 6/15/11 12:20pm

Donate $1 to Offset the CO2 of Your iPhone 4

Philanthroper has a really good donation up today: you pay a dollar and you can offset the lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions from an iPhone 4. Which means, you'll help "suck and trap the greenhouse gas that's driving climate change". [Philanthroper] » 6/15/11 10:31am 6/15/11 10:31am