How to donate in their name and still make them happy
(NC) It's Christmas Day and you're visiting Aunt Agnes. You're just about to hand her a special card explaining the donation you've made – in her honour – to a worthy charity. Will she be excited about the thoughtful gift, or is she in fact perched on the edge of the sofa eagerly waiting an actual, physical, paper-and-ribbons present?
As more and more Canadians make the shift to charitable giving instead of traditional holiday gifts, the mood can remain merry amongst family and friends with some simple steps like these:
Be confident that statistics are on your side. According to a 2012 Harris Interactive survey, most Canadian adults (77%) say they would prefer to receive a charitable gift given in their honour than a goody for themselves.
Share the idea early in the season with the friends and family you have in mind for a charity gift exchange. That way, they won't be confused when the usual soap or sweater doesn't come. Most charity gift catalogues, like the World Vision Gift Catalogue (www.worldvision.ca/gifts) are online and easily shared with friends and family.
Be the example. Ease this new tradition into your giving circle by requesting gifts for yourself from a charity catalogue. Explain that this year you are making things easier for them – and better for someone in need. Your example might inspire others to do the same.
Choose a Fair Trade item. Some charity catalogues offer beautiful, handmade items made and sold with dignity by artisans from around the world. If you still want to give an object and give to someone working hard overseas to make a better life – this is a great option – and Aunt Agnes will have something to open on the big day.
Make it fun. Good-hearted doesn't mean boring. Creative presentation – a certificate noting the charitable gift along with a poem you wrote, or a list of your top ten special memories shared with that person – transforms a gift that is already meaningful into one that warms the heart even more.
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