There is no shortage of causes to donate money to, and if you’ve ever given any of your resources to one of your favorite charities, then I know you’ve felt the satisfaction that comes from giving back to the community. Some charitable causes are big (tsunami aid), and others are small (donating money to paint a local landmark), but the thing that they all have in common is a group of people willing to work together to make a change for the better. At one time or another, you’ve probably thought about starting your own cause, especially if you have the network of friends and family that could help support it. Thanks to the interconnected power of the Internet and the unifying premise of ChipIn, you too can experience the power of giving together.

The service is built for group causes, which means that the gift doesn’t only come from one person. Instead, all have a share in giving the gift as a group. The creator of the cause can invite participants from their contact list, and ChipIn will help to organize the efforts. Money can be gathered using credit cards or PayPal, and once the goal is reached, these funds can be transferred safely and securely. I’ve obviously described this service as a great way to give money to a charity or other beneficial cause in your community, but it can also be used for a wide range of other things that require the financial support of a group of people.