ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY
“I’m an Active Giver, because running is my passion. It connects people no matter what gender, religion or origin, to run together. Let’s plant trees with our runs.“
“With Active Giving, my workouts evolve from activity that is good for myself to activity that is good for the world. I’ve been given a renewed sense of purpose that fuels my workouts as a driving force for positive change.”
“Doing yourself a favor by moving your body AND planting trees at the same time. Everybody should participate. It’s so easy to do good. What else are we waiting for?”
ACTIVE GIVING IN A NUTSHELL
The principles of the Active Giving model are simple: don’t enforce any behavioral changes, but make this world a better place.
This can be achieved in three simple steps:
Still have questions? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions.
Active Giving FAQs
Active Giving is a platform that enables people to contribute to social and environmental causes by being active. With our product active people connect their fitness data to our donation platform, which converts the data into donation eligible points, which the #activegiver can then donate into non-profits around the globe.
No, Active Giving is not a non-profit. We are a social enterprise that applies strategies & operations of commercial companies that will benefit environmental causes.
While we have common values and share operational processes, our revenue model and funding source differ from typical non-profits.
We believe that the act of doing good in today’s world is not in-line with our daily behaviors, actions and tools. Therefore we want to tap into an existing behavior of our users (sports activity) and combine it with existing spendings of companies (spending marketing budgets) and with that increase funding volumes non-profits receive to create a higher impact on current issues.
Born out of own personal experiences where funding for non-profit projects has not worked out as planned we want to support people in doing good. And involve them into doing those good actions more regularly also in order to become aware of what action is needed.
As of today users share their tracked activity (either through an app or a tracking device/watch) with Active Giving and their social community on Instagram. Based on this tag we identify the activity and convert it into donations for environmental non-profits.
As of today the following sports activities are eligible for Active Giving with the appropriate metric:
- in kms: running, cycling, walking, swimming
- in kcal: yoga, indoor cycling, gym workouts (includes HIIT and similar workouts)
Yes, Active Giving is free to use.
By joining Active Giving you can contribute to a better world by simply being active and not changing any behavior. You will get rewarded by doing good for yourself and doing good for the planet.
Short-term we want to provide a platform through which active people and forward-thinking companies as sponsors can contribute to environmental causes and showing their impact, as well as gain knowledge about environmental issues and projects.
In the future we also want to expand our non-profit offerings to humanitarian, sealife and other meaningful projects that need the most support.
As we currently use Instagram as a platform to connect the users activity with the donation, you
1. need an Instagram account,
2. follow @active.giving and
3. share your sport activities (see next Q&A for details)
To share your activity there a few steps required:
- If you have a tracking device: upload the activity to your smartphone through a supported app (e.g. Garmin Connect for Garmin watches)
- From your smartphone app: either share as an Instagram story directly into the app or take a screenshot and upload it as an Instagram story
- In the Instagram story: tag @active.giving and share the story – Bonus: let your followers know why you are so hyped about tagging @active.giving by adding context in your story, so they are aware about the cause.
Unfortunately as of today we cannot offer you our own app yet, but we suggest to download apps like “Strava”, “RunLive” or “Runtastic” to record your activities and share them on Instagram.
Wait for it, we will add a feature like this in the future.
The current cap of trees that will be planted per day per user is at 20.
Our current conversion to plant 1 tree is the following:
- Running: 2,5 km
- Cycling: 5 km
- Walking: 5 km
- Swimming: 1 km
- All other Workouts: 200 kcal
We are thankful for everyone who offers support to help us. What everyone can do is spread the word about Active Giving and motivate friends & family to follow us, become active and share their activities.
Also be an example and live a lifestyle that does not harm our environment as much: buy less clothes, take the bike instead of a car, a train instead of a plane and support causes and non-profits among many others.
If you want to work with us directly, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
By supporting environmental projects focussed on afforestation and fighting deforestation, we not only fight climate change, but also provide more benefits to local people. Among these are food security and ending hunger, providing income streams for farmers and with that reducing deforestation due to farmers cutting trees down. Furthermore through planting trees there are more environmental effects such as preventing soil erosion, trees give wind shelter, improve water quality and provide a habitat for wildlife animals.
As of today we have partnered with Trees for the Future, while we are in contact with other non-profits to extend our partnerships in the future. We also donated to Eden Forests. Read more about these two non-profits here.
Yes, while we will focus on environmental topics to start with. In the future we will also consider adding non-profits that focus on different issues.
Our criteria catalogue for now is rather short and will be evolving over time. As for now we pick environmental projects which have a focus on social impact, meaning that the social benefits are not only spill-over effects but are core of the program. This is achieved by involving the local community into the afforestation efforts in a way that they generate incomes from participating in the program or becoming food secure, so in turn they become independent from the non-profit in the future.
Please contact email@example.com to get in touch with us.
As for now the donations are funded privately and event-based kickbacks in first collaboration projects with sport events and brands. In the future the donations will be funded by corporate sponsors that want to contribute to a better world.
As a sponsor not only you contribute to a better world by rerouting media budgets to environmental causes, but you also create a meaningful relationship with the users, by supporting a cause they care about. Also Active Giving will provide you with many insights about environmental issues, projects and achievements.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to enable the Teams functionality and to connect your Strava account to transfer activity data to Active Giving, you need to create an account with us.
You can do this by simply providing your name and email address and entering the code we will send to your email address in the app interface.
Furthermore by creating a profile, you can also use it on a new device.
As of now, the Active Giving does not allow users to donate their own funds to the projects.
In order to join a team, you have been provided a 6-digit alphanumeric code by the respective team owner.
If you have it at hand, go to “Teams” and enter the code.
The Active Giving app supports all activity types that Strava allows, plus a few more. GPS tracking is only available to distance-based activities, while the manual tracking can be used for activities in which you workout on the spot.
You can find more information about this on our Active Giving App Webpage.
As of today, teams can only be created by Active Giving. In case you are interested in having your own team in the Active Giving app, please contact us at email@example.com. Please note, that teams are currently limited to specific partner offerings and programs.
Your contribution of the donation is used based on the following attributes, depending on the activity type:
- For distance-based activities: kilometers covered
- For all other activities: kilocalories burned
As of now the Active Giving app allows users to join one team only.
Yes, for this you can select the Manual tab, select your activity and enter the kilocalories burned.
In case you don’t know the kilocalories burned, simply enter your the duration of the exercise and we will convert this into kilocalories burned for you.
The Active Giving app can be downloaded under the following links:
- Apple App Store:
- Google PlayStore:
From the main menu, click on “Connect Strava” and you will be forwarded to the Strava webview.
Here you must enter your Strava credentials on the first page. On the following page you will need to authorize Strava to provide your activity information to Active Giving. Once this is done, your activity data will be automatically downloaded from Active Giving after it has been uploaded to Strava.
As of now, this feature is not implemented yet, but we look forward to introducing it soon!
The Active Giving app is optimized for the following devices and software versions:
As of today, we only support the connection to Strava accounts.
If you want to connect your different source to us, you would have to synch this data with Strava first, from where it can be downloaded by Active Giving.
Yes, we currently set the following limits:
- Maximum Limit of daily activities: 3
- Maximum donation amount per activity: 1,50 €
The app enables you to generate donations to environmental non-profits from your physical activities and by doing so not only support your personal health, but also the health of our planet.
You can either do this on your own, or as part of the team. To be part of a team, you must enter it by receiving a code from a respective team-owner, which are currently focused to specific programs, such as company fitness challenges or event-based teams.
In order to disconnect your Strava account, you need to revoke access of the Active Giving app in your Strava account.
In order to generate donations, you provide data about your physical through one of the following methods:
- Track your distance-based activity with the Active Giving app.
- Connect your Strava account to Active Giving and feed in each finished activity on Strava.
- Enter your activity manually, after your have finished it.
EVENTS WITH ACTIVE GIVING
Clean Up 030 Run
Every 1st Saturday in each month, the CleanUp run takes place.
Get out your running outfit, we will equip you with gloves and bags and we can get going. We will run for 60 minutes during which we will collect as much trash as possible and can be carried by us.
This run is not about kilometers or pace, but about a clean Berlin.
When: Every 1st Saturday each month 10.00 – 11.30 AM
Where: Runbase Berlin, Schleusenufer 4, 10997 Berlin