Post # 1
Hive, I’m hoping someone familiar with charity organizations can help me out!
My Fiance and I want to set up a charity registry in addition to our gift registry so that guests can have the option of buying us a gift or donating to a cause we support. Originally I planned to use the “I Do” foundation that’s so popular, but after browsing their supported organizations we realized the two we wanted weren’t there (Lupus Foundation and National MS Society). However, both of these organizations offer ‘Memorial/Honorary Funds” on their sites to use as a donation collection page.
Normally I’ve only seen these kind of pages used to gather donations ‘in memorial of’ or ‘in honor of’ a loved one that has the disease. Can we create an Honorary Fund to allow people to donate in our names* to these organizations?
Is this legit through the charity? As a guest, would you find it weird?
* It’s important to us to use some kind of donation system so that we have a record of which guests have donated and can send out thank you notes as appropriate – not so we can “get credit” for the donation being in our names! 😉
Post # 3
Have you contacted the charities? They may have a different option for you. Lots of them have now created special ways to donate for weddings.
The National CF foundation actually issues you cards that can be sent out and then torn at the bottom and have a code on them so they keep track of the donations and then you can look it up on line. I bet the MS foundation has something similar.
Post # 4
I don’t donate to charities that I personally haven’t fully vetted. I have certain moral beliefs and certain financial criteria that I hold charities too, so I am not one to donate or want my name associated with alot of charities. IMO, it is more charitable to accept the given gifts and donate privately and without fan fair to charities that you believe in.
Post # 5
I think that sounds fine? I mean, it’s still in your honor, right?
Post # 6
Thanks for your replies! I think contacting the charities and getting their ideas on how to proceed is the best option.
@tksjewelry: We certainly don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable donating to a charity they don’t know. Fiance and I have fundraised for MS and Lupus for years and feel very comfortable with their mission statement and spending policies. We have lived together for a while and don’t need a lot from our registry. We will graciously accept any gifts or cash from our guests, but wanted to give them the option to donate to a charity we support as well – if it falls within their moral beliefs.
I don’t consider it “fanfare” to list two charities we support on the registry page of our wedsite. I assume if people are looking, then they are interested in what they can give that we would appreciate.