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More Charity Gift Card Information and Resources

Below you will find resources to learn more about charity gift cards. You will find a citation from Wikipedia, as well as additional resources to help you make your charity gift card decision. You’ll also find a number of links that will direct you to publications and articles about a number of the charity gift card providers

From the Wikipedia article on charity gift cards:

A charity gift card allows a gift giver to make a charitable donation that the gift recipient may direct to the charity of their choice. Although a charity gift card has many similarities to a store gift card, a charity gift card functions quite differently. A charity gift card is an indicator of control over a small donor advised fund. The purchaser of the charity gift card creates the donor advised fund with the charity gift card purchase money.”

Helpful links and articles

Charity Gift Card Comparison Chart | Leading Charity Gift Card Providers
  • Sponsoring Organization
  • Overall Ranking
  • Fees
  • Website Ease of use
  • Gift card quality
  • Customization
  • Recipient Experience
  • Comments
TisBest Charity Gift Card Global Giving Gift Card Give Now Card CharityChoice Gift Card The Good Card Causes Charity Gift Card
TisBest Philanthropy Global Giving JustGive Special Kids Fund Network for Good Philotec, Inc.
Dedicated solely to charity gift cards.
Clear, intuitive interface.
Free customization; no minimum quantity; fastest production.
Lowest fees.
International giving portal also offering
charity gift cards.
Clean interface.
Customization available; long lead times.
Highest fees.
Direct donation
website also offering charity gift cards.
Clean interface.
Some customization;
available only for
bulk orders.
Average fees.
Offers prepaid Visa
and charity gift cards.
Unclear purchase and
redemption programs.
Customization only
for bulk orders; long lead time.
Higher fees.
Direct donation
website also offering
charity gift cards.
Very limited
customization
available.
Lowest fees.
Causes is owned by
Philotec, Inc, a
for-profit company.
Not recommended;
all other charity gift
card providers are
nonprofit charities.

Fees (Financial Efficiency)

Charity gift cards are a type of financial instrument. You deposit money with the sponsoring organization and the person to whom you give the card chooses the charity that will receive the money. All charity gift card providers charge a fee to provide the gift cards, operate the websites and make the charity gift card concept possible. Look for fees that are lower, that are not percentage based and that are clearly disclosed and easy to understand.

Website Ease of Use

Charity gift cards are purchased through the web. Look for websites that make it easy to understand what your options are and how to choose among them. Organizations should offer telephone and email support. Redeeming a charity gift card should be a pleasant experience with an opportunity to learn about causes and organizations. Steer clear of websites that are confusing or difficult to navigate for you or your gift card recipients.

Gift Card Quality

Since charity gift cards are a gift, you want it to look attractive, in addition to doing good in the world. Gift cards should be printed with a high quality image, be easy to read and arrive in attractive packaging. Look for providers that offer plastic and paper product made of 100% recycled content.

Customization Features and Service

All charity gift card providers offer some degree of customization and offer email and print-your-own options; some will create your card in plastic and send it in the mail. Providers offer a range of different card designs. Look for providers that offer customization with no minimum quantities and no additional costs. Look out for custom cards with a minimum order, long lead times, and additional costs.

Gift Recipient Experience

All charity gift cards are redeemed on a website. That experience should be simple, enjoyable and engaging for the person who received the charity gift card as a gift. Look for websites that clearly indicate where and how to spend a gift card and offer charity suggestions or categories.

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