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Updated by Avi Kaplan on Jun 26, 2013
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Apps for Good

Nonprofit and Social Change Apps for Good. #apps4good.

iBreastCheck by Breakthrough Breast Cancer (iOS, Android)

Touch, Look, Check (TLC) approach to breast exams through a video, cartoon slideshow, or text. native iOS push reminders. Breast cancer risk assessment quiz gives you a report with tips on how you can reduce your risk. High scores for usability - intuitive navigation, calls to donate are unobtrusive and you aren’t constantly pushed out to a separate browser for more information.


EWG Sunscreen Buyer's Guide by Environmental Working Group (iOS)

Based on data from Environmental Working Group’s annual Skin Deep sunscreen data, this app offers recommendations for top sunscreens and ratings for hundreds of sunscreens from all the major sunscreen brands. 1-10 ratings for health hazards and effectiveness.


Your Man Reminder by Rethink Breast Cancer (iOS, Android)

"Now with more hot guys!"
Hot Video Messages – You’ll love the attention our hot guys give you as they remind you to show your breasts some TLC.
Reminders - Tailor your calendar schedule with settings for weekly, monthly or surprise reminders.
Risk Reduction – The App features special tips than can help reduce your breast cancer risk.
Education - The App includes a special “signs and symptoms” tab to hone in on the importance of early detection.
Get Checked – Use a variety of scheduling options such as doctors’ appointments and many more.
Man-O-Gram – Send a personalized message from a hot guy to a friend to help them stay on top of their breast health.


Walking Paths AHA by American Heart Association (iOS, Android)

Find walking paths near you, start your own paths by dropping GPS markers along your route, and track your meals and snacks. The app complements American Heart Association’s site and you can login with the same credentials to pull up paths you’ve saved.


State of the Air by American Lung Association (iOS, Android)

"Fight for the Air"
Heading outside? This app tells you what your lungs will face anywhere in the United States when you head outdoors. Includes the EPA’s color-coded Air Quality Index for your location and a forecast for tomorrow. The AQI tracks ozone (smog) and particle pollution (tiny particles from ash, vehicle exhaust, soil dust, pollen, and other pollution). This information is especially helpful to anyone with asthma or other lung issues.


First Aid by American Red Cross (iOS, Android)

Learn the basics of first aid and quiz yourself on your new knowledge. Handy list of step-by-step instructions to follow during a variety of emergencies and an integrated button to call 911 if the situation calls for it.


Also check out other apps from Red Croos including Hurricane, Tornado, Wildfire, Earthquake, and Shelter Finder:

Charity Miles (iOS, Android)

Connect your commitment to fitness with your commitment to the causes your support. Tracks your progress and the distance you cover while walking, running, or biking. Bikers earn 10¢ per mile while walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile from an initial $1,000,000 corporate sponsorship pool. Participating charities include Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, ASPCS, and the Nature Conservancy.


Hollaback! (iOS,Android)

A Non-Profit Movement to End Street Harassment

Help end street harassment one hollaback at a time as you catch those creeps in the act and submit your story to be recorded and mapped on When it comes to ending street harassment, the best response is a badass response, so start holla’ing back.

Enter your story or picture, tag the type of harassment, and geotag the location. Indicate whether you saw this incident happen, or whether it happened to you. Share your story to inspire the world to take action to end street harassment. Don’t just walk on… Hollaback!

Seafood Watch By Monterey Bay Aquarium (iOS, Android)

Seafood Watch offers recommendations of ocean-friendly seafood choices including health warnings, consumer notes, and sustainable alternatives for individual species. You can read seafood guides including one for sushi lovers, browse a full list, or view seafoods categories for Best Choice, Good Alternative, and Avoid. Project FishMap, allows users to find nearby restaurants and businesses serving sustainable seafood and contribute new establishments to a growing database.


Beth Kanter's interview and app insights with Humberto Kam, the aquarium’s Senior Manager of Online Communications:

ArtClix by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (iOS, Android)

Museum visitors can use the in-app camera to photograph individual works of art which the app recognizes to serve up information about the piece, comments from past visitors, and for some works, audio orientations from the artist. This app is heavily informed by its content and can adapt with each new exhibition installed at the museum.


Historic St. Louis apps by Missouri History Museum (iOS)

Takes history outside the walls of the museum by mapping several hundred historic photos across St. Louis. Choose a photo from the map or gallery to learn about the architecture, the context behind the image, and related anecdotes from St. Louis’ storied past. “Then and now” views let you see historic photos in context as you tour the city using each photo’s “Guide Me!” button to enable an image overlay that puts the historical image over the phone's camera view.


National Parks by National Geographic Society (iOS)

NatGeo’s app offers in depth Park Guides for 20 of the 58 national parks in the US. Each guide maps, up to date weather info, park secrets, photos and recommendations from other visitors, and tips for where to find the best photo ops, trails, picnic spots, and other attractions during your visit. Road trippers can build iteneraries and park junkies can keep track of which parks they’ve visited. One park guide of your choice is included with the free app, but you’ll need to pony up $.99 for each additional guide you want to download.


MoMa by the Museum of Modern Art (iOS, Android)

The MoMa app offers audio guides for museum tours, a searchable guidebook of the museum collection, info about current exhibitions, and a detailed calendar for films, screenings, gallery talks, lectures, and other museum events.

The museum also has apps for the Art Lab and Ab Ex NY -

Smithsonian Mobile by Smithsonian Institution (iOS, Android)

Browse all of the Smithsonian’s 19 museums from one place. Especially handy to visitors to Washington DC trying to decide between events and exhibitions on the national mall and across the city. Mark your favorite spots to help plan ahead for your visit or remember the things you loved and want to revisit someday.

Also check out Smithsonian's other apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook, and Web:

Owney: Tales from the Rails by Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum (iPad, Web)

Owney, the official mascot of the Railway Mail Service, was a scruffy mutt who became a regular fixture at the Albany, New York, post office in 1888. Mail clerks loved seeing Owney as he rode with the mail bags on Railway Post Office (RPO) train cars across the country. The true story of Owney has been brought to “life” with beautiful animation, a fun (and historically accurate) story, the deep grandfatherly baritone of Trace Adkins, and a catchy theme song.

Also check out Smithsonian's other apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook, and Web:

MEanderthal by Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (iOS, Android, Web)

Based on the Hall of Human Origins in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. You can’t take home the lifelike reconstructions of early human species on display, but with MEanderthall you can take home one of the exhibit’s most popular features, the face morphing station. The mobile app let’s you transform yourself into the likeness of several early humans.

Also check out Smithsonian's other apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Nook, and Web:

Today's Front Pages by Newseum (iOS)

The top floor of the Newseum hosts daily copies of the front pages of newspapers around the world. It’s a lot of fun to browse the stories that are relevant in different countries and see the angle each paper takes in covering shared global events. The Front Pages app brings this experience to mobile, letting users search by location and paper name and mark their favorites for daily viewing. It’s a nice tie-in to the Newseums mission educating the public about free press and the news.

Marine Defenders from SUNY Maritime College (iOS

The Marine Defenders app is a mobile tool for documenting, mapping and reporting oil pollution and marine debris. All reports are mapped on line at Oil Spill reports will be sent to the National Response Center in Washington, DC, and passed along to the US Coast Guard.

You can use the app to report two kinds of pollution, oil spills and marine debris. The app is photo and GPS-enabled, which allows your volunteers and researchers to take pictures of what they find and then to post their reports to interactive maps in real time. In addition to being added to the public Marine Defenders database, oil spill reports are also sent to the National Response center.

Bravo Gustavo by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Ever wondered what it is like to conduct a world-class orchestra? Spend some time in the shoes of Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil's new music director and experience the rush of a maestro. Transform your iPhone or iPod Touch into a conductor’s baton or set the tempo by tapping the screen. Your audience awaits!

Also check out these other apps from the LA Phil:

Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen is the mobile version of EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 are the foods most and least commonly contaminated with pesticides. Includes tips for choosing healthy produce, helpful responses to food questions, and info about genetically modified(GMO) foods.