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Top 100 Charity Trends of 2015

From Clean Water Vending Machines to Non-Profit Grocery Shops

— January 23, 2016 — Social Good
The top 2015 chairty trends serve as a reminder that not everyone is able to meet their basic needs. For millions of people around the world, access to safe water, nutricious food and permanent housing is hard to come by. As a result, there are numerous charities working to ensure that no one is forced to go without these necessities.

One of the most pressing concerns in urban areas is access to affordable housing. From New York to New Delhi, charitable organizations are working to come up with ways to house rapidly expanding populations. These solutions include innovative projects such as stackable apartment buildings, portable winter shelters and homeless-accommodating additions.

Beyond basic housing, access to food and water are other pressing concerns. In rural areas, some charities have turned to new technology to install items such as off-grid water kiosks and clean water vending machines. In urban areas, non-profit organizations are solving food insecurity with initiatives such as low-cost food shops and food waste donation apps.

To learn about more of the top 2015 charity trends, turn to Trend Hunter's 2016 Trend Report.
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Underprivileged Networking Stunts
Underprivileged Networking Stunts
This Charity Marketing Stunt Involves a Mock Profile on LinkedIn
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96
Kind Shovelling Campaigns
Kind Shovelling Campaigns
Canadian Tire's Shovel It Forward Encourages Kindness Among Neighbors
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95
Charitable Singing Mockumentaries
Charitable Singing Mockumentaries
Coldplay Helps to Create an Unofficial Game of Thrones Musical
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94
Heat-Sharing Switches
Heat-Sharing Switches
The Rootswitch Donation Button Helps Homeowners Heat Others' Homes
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93
Non Profit Beer Companies
Non Profit Beer Companies
Finnegans Hopes to Eliminate Hunger by 'Turning Beer into Food'
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92
Easy-Access Donation Buttons
Easy-Access Donation Buttons
Google Added a 'Donate' Button to Help Aid in the Refugee Crisis
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91
Family Food Campaigns
Family Food Campaigns
KFC, Pizza Hut & World Hunger Relief Provide Food to Families in Need
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90
Recycled Pacemaker Charities
Recycled Pacemaker Charities
Pace 4 Life Reuses Donated Pacemakers in the Developing World
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89
Athlete Incentive Platforms
Athlete Incentive Platforms
FanPay Rewards Student Athletes with a Crowdfunded Graduation Gift
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88
Vaccine Transportation Systems
Vaccine Transportation Systems
This Clever Device is Set to Revolutionize the Way We Move Vaccines
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87
Mobile-Mining Malaria Strategies
Mobile-Mining Malaria Strategies
Malaria No More's NightWatch Malaria Program Uses Leaders' Phones
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86
Extreme Poverty Initiatives
Extreme Poverty Initiatives
Joey Adler Discusses the Live Below the Line Poverty Campaign
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85
Bathroom Tissue Bridal Gowns
Bathroom Tissue Bridal Gowns
The 2015 White Cashmere Collection was Photographed by Babar Khan
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84
Humanitarian VR Experiences
Humanitarian VR Experiences
UNICEF360° Film Campaign Put Viewers in the Shoes of the Impoverished
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83
Lonely Cancer Campaigns
Lonely Cancer Campaigns
Macmillan's Cancer Campaign Simulates the Disease with an Isolation Box
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82
Heroic Paper Towel Packaging
Heroic Paper Towel Packaging
Brawny Joins the Wounded Warriors Project with Special Packaging
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81
Smokeless Cookstoves
Smokeless Cookstoves
This Clean Cookstove Prevents Exposure to Harmful Cooking and Heating Fires
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80
Clean Water Storage Bags
Clean Water Storage Bags
This Water Pouch Helps Maintain a Barrier Between Liquid and Contaminants
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79
Charitable Nintendo Tables
Charitable Nintendo Tables
This NES Console Table Will Benefit a Children's Hospital Once Sold
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78
Charitable Connected Laundry Machines
Charitable Connected Laundry Machines
Whirlpool's Appliances Manifest the Internet of Good Things
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77
Digital Genealogy Services
Digital Genealogy Services
This New Project Aims to Trace the Descendants of Freed Slaves
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76
Tech Expertise-Donating Platforms
Tech Expertise-Donating Platforms
#charity Asks You to Volunteer Skills in Technology to Charities
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75
Non-Profit Grocery Shops
Non-Profit Grocery Shops
The Daily Table Sells Food Donated by Wholesalers
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74
Charitable Coat Donations
Charitable Coat Donations
Macy's Clothes4Souls Partnership Offers a Buy One, Give One System
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73
Designer Charity Apparel
Designer Charity Apparel
This Stella McCartney T-Shirt Collection Raises Money for War Child UK
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72
Immunization-Centered Art Collections
Immunization-Centered Art Collections
The Gates Foundation's Vaccination Campaign Focuses on Story
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71
Charitable Hockey Beer
Charitable Hockey Beer
The NHL and the Lake of Bays Brewing Company Collaborate to Support Kids
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70
Pop-Up Relief Restaurants
Pop-Up Relief Restaurants
Grub Club's Temporary Eatery Raises Funds to Support for Nepal
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69
Water Awareness Toilets
Water Awareness Toilets
This Year's Glastonbury Festival Will Feature a Transparent Toilet
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68
Charitable Fitness Bands (UPDATE)
Charitable Fitness Bands (UPDATE)
UNICEF Matches Every 12,000 Steps Walked with Food Aid for Kids
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67
Weaponry Bottle Poppers
Weaponry Bottle Poppers
The Bottle Axe Wages War on Capped Beverages and Wins Every Time
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66
Cancer-Fighting Burgers
Cancer-Fighting Burgers
The Think Pink Burger Collects Proceeds for Canadian Breast Cancer
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65
Water-Providing Watches
Water-Providing Watches
TUK Minimal Watches Send Water to a Classroom in Cambodia with Each Sold
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64
Charitable Water Apparel
Charitable Water Apparel
Charity:Water Gives Proceeds to Communities with Limited Water Access
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63
Homeless Painted Portraits
Homeless Painted Portraits
The Proceeds from These Homeless Art Pieces Benefit Those They Depict
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62
Awareness-Raising Socks
Awareness-Raising Socks
These Colorful Socks Raise Awareness of Gloabal Issues and Charities
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61
Accessibility Awareness Art
Accessibility Awareness Art
Google's Stair Art Shares Words from Disability Rights Heroes
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60
Community-Building Wedding Pictures
Community-Building Wedding Pictures
This Photographer Pledged to Help a Town Afflicted by Drought
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59
Charitable Fitness Apps
Charitable Fitness Apps
Charity Miles Reverses Traditional Cause Marketing to Donate More Money
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58
Prefabricated Solar Classrooms
Prefabricated Solar Classrooms
These Prefab Classrooms Feature Solar-Powered Computers
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57
HIV-Fighting Accessory Collections
HIV-Fighting Accessory Collections
ALDO Fights Aids Introduces Charitable Bracelets With VFILES
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56
Adjustable Kids' Footwear
Adjustable Kids' Footwear
The 'Shoe That Grows' Adjusts Its Size As Its Wearer's Feet Grow
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55
Social Good Currency
Social Good Currency
UNICEF Promises That Its Unicoin is the 'First Currency Dedicated to Do Good'
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54
H2O Aid Initiatives
H2O Aid Initiatives
Clean Water Charity Project Supports a 'Made to Matter' Approach to Production
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53
Homeless-Helping Sock Companies
Homeless-Helping Sock Companies
This Non-Profit Organization Provides Socks for the Homeless
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52
Mindful Water Taps
Mindful Water Taps
WWF Reveals the Water Consumption Journey with a Special Sink
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51
Hunger-Fighting Apps
Hunger-Fighting Apps
Hunger Crunch's Charity Game Staves Off Fictive & Real World Hunger
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50
Kissable Cause Marketing
Kissable Cause Marketing
The Twizzler Challenge Hopes to be the Next Ice Bucket Challenge
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49
Considerate Waste Bins
Considerate Waste Bins
Copenhagen's Trash Can Shelves Help Bottle Collectors Feel Dignified
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48
Charitable Sci-Fi Couture
Charitable Sci-Fi Couture
The Force 4 Fashion Event Fuses Fashion and Science Fiction for Good
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47
E-Book Data Compendiums
E-Book Data Compendiums
The Human Face of Big Data App Graphically Captures the Information Age
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46
Graphic Woven Towels
Graphic Woven Towels
These Beach Towels are Sold to Raise Funds for Spinal Cord Injuries
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45
Robot Building Kits
Robot Building Kits
Cannybots Enable Kids to Learn About Robotics and Engineering in a Fun Manner
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44
Whimiscal Coin Receptacles
Whimiscal Coin Receptacles
This Charity Box is Designed to Encourage People to Give
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43
Charitable Hunger Apps
Charitable Hunger Apps
Feeding Forward Helps With Donating Food and Eliminating Food Waste
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42
Clean Water Vending Machines
Clean Water Vending Machines
These Water ATMs Help Bring Clean Water to the Streets of Nairobi
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41
Child-Designed Cameras
Child-Designed Cameras
Two One-of-a-Kind Leica M-Series Models are Auctioned for Charity
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40
Donation Vending Machines
Donation Vending Machines
This Japanese Vending Machine Lets You Order Coffee and Make a Donation
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39
Futuristic Hoverboard Boots
Futuristic Hoverboard Boots
The Nike Air Mag is Finally Real and It Supports Parkinson's Research
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38
One-for-One Water Filters
One-for-One Water Filters
'Water for Life' Sustainable Water Filter Systems Help Those in Need
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37
Kid-Designed Stuffed Toys
Kid-Designed Stuffed Toys
IKEA Will Raise Money for Charity by Selling Plush Toys Designed by Kids
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36
Touchless Donation Posters
Touchless Donation Posters
Oxfam's Contactless Donation Stations Support NFC-Enabled Devices
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35
Space-Maximizing Homeless Shelters
Space-Maximizing Homeless Shelters
These Temporary Pods Turn Unused Wall Space into Homes
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34
Charitable Toilet Papers
Charitable Toilet Papers
This Limited Edition Tissue Helps Build Toilets for Developing Countries
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33
Off-Grid Water Kiosks
Off-Grid Water Kiosks
Coca-Cola is Rolling Out Water Purification Booths in Rural Communities
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32
Patriotic Beer Labels
Patriotic Beer Labels
Red, White & Blue Budweiser Labels Aim to Protect National Parks
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31
Charitable Fashion Portraits
Charitable Fashion Portraits
This Alexander Wang Photoshoot Features 38 Different Celebrities
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30
Feline Yoga Classes
Feline Yoga Classes
This Cafe is Offering Cat Yoga Classes to Help the Animals Find New Homes
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29
Food Redistribution Initiatives
Food Redistribution Initiatives
Moisson Montreal's Food Recovery Program Reallocates Usable Goods
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28
Superior Swedish Shelters
Superior Swedish Shelters
Ikea is Designing Extensively Equipped Syrian Refugee Shelters
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27
Dog-Saving Wines
Dog-Saving Wines
Chateau La Paws' Wine for Good Supports Shelter Dogs
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26
Bottled Burger Dressings
Bottled Burger Dressings
McDonald's Big Mac Sauce is Auctioned for Ronald McDonald House Charities
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25
Extraordinarily Wholesome Snacks
Extraordinarily Wholesome Snacks
Nutrient Dense Foods Are Good for the Consumer and the Community
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24
Community-Inspiring Signage
Community-Inspiring Signage
The SXSW Kindsign Session Lets You Create Encouraging Signs
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23
Conflict-Battling Bottles
Conflict-Battling Bottles
The WELLY Bottle is a Sustainable Option That Gives Back to the Planet
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22
Discreet Feminine Hygiene Bags
Discreet Feminine Hygiene Bags
This Device Helps Women Carry Their Reusable Sanitary Pads
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21
Homeless Youth Photography
Homeless Youth Photography
This Photo Series is Designed to Empower Homeless Teens
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20
Organized Clothing Donation
Organized Clothing Donation
This Concept for a Compartmentalized Charity Bin Would Simplify Giving
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19
Humanitarian Drone Contests
Humanitarian Drone Contests
The 'Drones For Good' Contest Encourages Humanitarian Drone Innovation
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18
Solar Food Storage Containers
Solar Food Storage Containers
The Wakati Stores Fruit and Vegetables Without Refrigeration
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17
Educational Food Trucks
Educational Food Trucks
This Mobile Eatery Delivers Healthy Meals to Kids Struggling with Hunger
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16
Pictured Spray Paint Cans
Pictured Spray Paint Cans
Concept Packaging for Krylon Features Photographic Symbols of Hawaii
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15
Charitable Temporary Tattoos
Charitable Temporary Tattoos
Tattly's Temporary Tattoos for Good Help NFP Organizations
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14
Mobile Homeless Shelters
Mobile Homeless Shelters
The State of Hawaii is Turning Retired City Buses into Working Shelters
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13
Low-Cost Lighting Solutions
Low-Cost Lighting Solutions
Solar-Powered Lantern Brings a Cheap Source to the Underprivileged
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12
Compelling Donation Posters
Compelling Donation Posters
Public Transport Victora Urges Commuters to Donate to the Homeless
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11
Temporary Friendship Bracelets
Temporary Friendship Bracelets
Flash Tattoos Creates Beautiful Body Art Full of Vibrant Colors
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10
Heart-Shaped Pizzas
Heart-Shaped Pizzas
Boston Pizza's Valentine's Day Special Raises Money for Charity
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9
Pop-Up Water Bars
Pop-Up Water Bars
London's H2Only Just Serves Glasses of Tap Water
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8
Rubble-Based Emergency Shelters
Rubble-Based Emergency Shelters
These Modular Shelters are Made from Brick Rubble
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7
Low-Cost Refugee Camps
Low-Cost Refugee Camps
These Flat-Pack Homes Provide a Long-Term Solution for Housing Refugees
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6
Upscale Low-Income Housing
Upscale Low-Income Housing
These Sleek Apartments Provide Social Housing for Homeless Individuals
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5
Pop-Up Homeless Shelters
Pop-Up Homeless Shelters
These Activists Created a Cozy Bedroom Set for the Homeless
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4
Homeless Laundry Trailers
Homeless Laundry Trailers
Non-Profit Project WeHOPE is Crowdfunding Their Mobile Shower Facilities
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3
Portable Winter Shelters
Portable Winter Shelters
This Sleeping Bag Converts into a Tent on the Go
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2
Charitable Arcade Games
Charitable Arcade Games
These Charity Arcades in Swedish Airports Raise Money for the Red Cross
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1
Homeless-Helping Sleeping Bags
Homeless-Helping Sleeping Bags
These Jackets Transform into Waterproof Sleeping Bags
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