The program lets Lyft riders round their fare up to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to a charity of their choice. It has raised $3 million for 12 national charities since being launched a year ago, and Fred Hutch is the program’s first Seattle beneficiary.
“Lyft passengers in Seattle have been some of the most generous contributors to Round Up & Donate since the program started,” Todd Kelsay, Lyft Pacific Northwest General Manager, said in a press release. “We’re excited that we can now offer them the option to direct their donations to an organization in our very own backyard, and thrilled to do it with Fred Hutch, a leading force in driving discoveries that transform cancer care and a much-loved Seattle institution.”
“We are thrilled that Lyft made Fred Hutch a priority. Lyft passengers can turn every ride into fuel for cancer research because every day we are working to cure cancer faster. I can’t wait for my next Lyft ride,” Kelly O’Brien, Fred Hutch Vice President of Philanthropy, said in the release.
Lyft users can enable Round Up & Donate by going to the Lyft app “Settings” tab, choosing “Round Up & Donate” and then selecting a charity of their choice. All future Lyft rides will be automatically rounded up to the next dollar and the extra cents will be donated to that charity.