(Closed) donation favors – who is doing them and which cause?

posted 9 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
2858 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

We want to donate to either Lamda Legal, Freedom to Marry, or the White Knot campaign, but we haven’t decided how to make the point at our wedding yet. There are a handful of people who won’t be thrilled about this (mostly people on the boy’s side) and part of me doesn’t care. But then I think how offended I’d be if someone donated in my name to an organization I didn’t support. For example, if I went to a wedding and the couple donated to, say, a pro-life charity in my name, I’d be livid.

Needless to say, I’m losing a lot of sleep over how we should execute this.

Post # 5
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I would love to attend a wedding where I got to choose a cause for the B&G to donate to for my favor. Whose great post was that recently where they had little cards at each place setting where people could check off which charity they wanted donated to? Or the one where people got to cast their ballot in a jar? I think those are both great ideas. Letting people pick from a few might help people feel more empowered about their choice.

And if it were me, I’d put Marriage Equality as an option. Bound to offend, but a cause worth the risk over. If someone was really offended, they could choose an animal shelter or cancer foundation.

A friend of mine just put out little pieces of paper at each setting telling people of the social justice cause they’d chosen to donate to.

I think donations are a great favor.

Post # 7
36 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are making donations to the American Cancer Society in Honor of our guests and in memory of my father who passed away from cancer in April of 2009. the table tents will say this.

Post # 8
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

we are giving to our local animal shelter and breast cancer.. although i think that marriage equality is an excellent choice.

Post # 9
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We’re doing donations!  We’re donating to Action Against Hunger.  Everyone who will be at our wedding will understand why this charity is important to us (it’s an international relief and development organization).  As much as I’d love to donate to an organization such as Marriage Equality, I understand that some people might not agree with that choice.  So…I’ll save those for my own personal donations.  Not saying that you shouldn’t donate there instead of favors – I just know there would be a couple of people who might not like it. 


Post # 10
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

We donated to Susan G. Komen and a local animal shelter.  We had business cards set at every place setting with our donation info on one side and a picture of an adoptable animal on the other side.  I like the idea to vote though!  I would have put a ballot on one side!

Post # 11
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we are doing donations to our two fav charities, National Alopecia Areata Foundation (im a lifelong sufferer) and St. Judes Children’s hospital.

Post # 13
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

At my sister’s wedding, she had a sign next to the guest book, stating that a donation had been made in honor of the guests to an organization that she and her husband had worked with when they travelled to Madagascar to build schools and support communities there. It was especially cool because they were personally involved with the organization. Most of the guests had already donated to the group while the two of them were planning to go/already over there, so it obviously wasnt an issue for the guests.

My Fiance and I are also considering making a donation. I agree with some of the other posters that most favors that people receive at weddings are impersonal and usually don’t get a lot of use. I have yet to receive a favor that I would appreciate more than a charitable donation in my honor.

Post # 14
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think donation favors are great. However I would personally be offended to see that the donation wasn’t going to an American organization. Now that might sound horrible to some of you, but take it that our government sent money, etc to hati. Yes the people needed it but our Tax dollars should not have been used. Now our government is not rasing the price for the social security/disabiltiy checks, even though most senior citizens can’t live on their SS because of inflation. Also they’re doing the lowest raise our military has seen in years. I would be happy to see funds go to animal shelters, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Koman, local homeless shelters, alzheimers, etc . However I would have to wonder if my friend or family member were blind to the suffering happening in our country if they choose to help those outside of it. Remember the rule or “help yourself before you help others”, you’re even supposed to put on your own air mask first before helping those around you.

Post # 15
640 posts
Busy bee

The grandmother who helped raise me passed away of ovarian cancer in October. To honor her at the wedding we are donating to the ovarian cancer society. 

Post # 16
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010


Fair enough, and I respect that you feel that way.  I volunteer at several places in the U.S.  I, however, spent half of last year volunteering in Africa and my Fiance and I are joining the Peace Corps…so I think our family and friends will understand. 🙂

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