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The Giving Machines started in 2017 with the simple idea of “how might we give people the opportunity to perform an instant act of service?”

These unique vending machines allow people to purchase books, meals, personal care items, fresh food, clean water and even lambs and piglets for people in need.

In 2017, just four machines in Salt Lake City, UT raised over $550,000 for global and local causes. In 2018, the program expanded to New York, London, Manila and Gilbert, AZ, and raised $2.3 million more.

2018 Highlights 

$2,309,844 in donations paid for:

  • 702,527 meals
  • 19,640 chickens
  • 4,766 goats
  • 3,703 polio vaccines
  • 2,312 resuscitation kits for babies
  • 1,672 eye exams and glasses 
  • Many other items ranging from backpacks to mosquito nets to sporting goods 

92,190 people participated

18 charities benefited

5 cities in three countries 

2019 Locations 

Giving Machines returned to Gilbert, AZ; New York City; London; Manila, Philippines; and Salt Lake City. They were installed for the first time in Denver; Las Vegas; Orem, UT; and San Jose, CA.