- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
We don’t want any gifts or money from our guests, so we are thinking of doing a charity registry. Ideally, we would invite guests to help make our day more special by making a donation to a charity of their choosing, and then also provide three or four charities that are especially important to us. This way, we (hopefully) avoid offending our guests by “forcing” them to donate to a cause they are indifferent or opposed to. We are going to choose reputable charities that are as apolitical and noncontroversial as possible, and if people still have issues with that, we won’t lose any sleep over it.
But. We realize that it would be nice to know whether guests have donated in our honor so that we can write accurate thank you cards. We had a minor snafu a few years ago when we donated to a couple’s charity of choice, and the charity never emailed them to tell them. 18 months later, we awkwardly had a mutual friend check in and tell them that we did donate, and I think they then sent us a belated thank you note. We would like to avoid this.
This leads us to so-called charity registry sites like idofoundation.org and justgive.org. Have any of you used one of these or any other similar sites? Thoughts on which is best? Or alternatively, has anyone had experience with “registries” for individual charities?