If you’re looking for a simple, interesting way to increase the amount you’re giving to charity, take a look at One Today. It’s a smartphone app that reminds you with a message about a single charity every day. When you get the message, at a time you pick, you can choose whether to give a buck to that charity. If the charity inspires you, you can add to your donation to match the donations of others. If others have been inspired, your donation will be matched. Google curates the charities that are presented, and from what I’ve seen they do a pretty good job.
You need a Google Wallet account to use it, which basically means you need to link a credit card to your Google account. This may seem like an inconvenience (it is), but the use of Google Wallet allows Google to charge you every couple of weeks when your giving total approaches $20, instead of every day for your $1 donation, keeping the transaction costs down.
I like the “just a buck a day” concept, and I’ve been giving more fairly painlessly using this app. Maybe a few of you will like it, too.