One Today by Google

One Today by Google

50,000 - 100,000 downloads

Pros
  • Impact tracker
  • Donation matching with friends
  • Ease of use
  • Pay balance when it's convenient
  • UI
Cons
  • Donation can't be anonymous
  • Needs a better integration with social networks
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Expert's Review
7.0
Great

"Do a little. Change a lot."

Reviewed by / Apr 25, 2013

One Today is a micro-donation app powered by nonprofit arm of Google: Google.org

Technology for social impact. That's the principle followed by the whole team at Google.org. Technology, and specially, mobile devices and mobile apps can be used for something else than leisure. Actually, the easy payment system that Google Wallet introduced through Google Play has made possible using it for charitable purpose. That's the idea backing One Today.

One Today is a micro-donation app for nonprofit projects. It works this way: new projects are posted every day in the app with a description and some relevant info of how your $1 donation helps to it. Users can also see recent givers and, of course, give a dollar to help the project to reach its goal. In addition, users can encourage others to donate by offering to match their donation to the projects you care about. That's an interesting donation system and end up with that common concern "I'd like to donate but I don't know which project support".

The other recurrent concern "I'd like to donate but I'd like to know how the money is actually invested" is also solved: there's a follow up calendar for those projects that users have donated. It's called "Impact tracker".

The strongest points of the app are firstly, the visibility that it gives to projects that otherwise would have had promotion problems and, secondly, the "donation/payment" system. Donating is as easy as a single tap on a $1 button. The amount is added to users' donation balance that can be paid when it's convenient using Google Wallet.

Only one catch: there aren't privacy settings. In other words, your donations are always public. Your full name and photo might be visible as a "recent giver" to the public and associated with the projects you have supported or shared. That should be up to the user.

In brief, One Today is a well-crafted app that makes easy charity and nonprofit projects support directly from your mobile device. Highly recommended.

Developer's original description available here
Want to be inspired and help change the world at the same time?

One Today is an app that lets you give a little, and change a lot.
- Get inspired: Discover an awesome nonprofit project each day.
- Donate simply: Support the projects you're passionate about with one click.
- Spread the love: Easily share that good feeling with friends—get your donations matched, too.

Learn more by visiting google.com/onetoday.

Recently changed in this version

What's new in 1.3
- UX refresh
- New impact tracker
- Updated profile
- Additional bug fixes and performance improvements


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Comments and ratings for One Today by Google
  • (74)

    by Nina Johnson on 07/07/2014

    They have made it harder to see past donations and the choice of 3 projects are gone. Thinking about uninstalling if it doesn't get fixed.

  • (74)

    by Graham Sysko on 07/07/2014

    Had some bad updates. Images now never load when I share to Pinterest. I also find it much harder to view other current projects (now that it has been taken out of the right drawer.

  • (74)

    by Michael Luna on 01/07/2014

    Helping hasn't ever been this easy :-) even $1 makes a difference if enough people are willing

  • (74)

    by ROLLTYDE BAMAGIRL on 01/07/2014

    I love the one program because I do a lot with charity organizations and this one is one I like because it's made into an App, especially by Google! I would just like to see an update soon!

  • (74)

    by Troy High on 28/06/2014

    This is a great concept and the app is well designed.

  • (74)

    by Jovanny A Rodriguez on 27/06/2014

    ..Please add the ability to be able to move the App to the SDcard. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

  • (74)

    by Don Joslyn on 27/06/2014

    When I try to use "Pay Now" from balance menu, it does nothing when I press "Buy". Even pressing "Cancel" does nothing. This used to work fine.