12 Terrific Charitable Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Apologies for the radio silence over the past few months, but I gave birth to twins at the end of December and – as you can imagine – they’ve taken top priority!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share some terrific ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts that give back.  CauseCast (self described as ” a platform where media, philanthropy, social networking, entertainment and education converge to serve a greater purpose”) developed a Top 10 list of chartiable Valentine’s Day gifts, including e-cards that benefit Charity: Water, fair trade chocolates from Ghana, and (for a very special Valentine’s) conflict-free diamonds.

Target is sharing $1 million in proceeds from Valentine’s Day cards to benefit 5 charities: Kids in Need Foundation, United Through Reading Military Program, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, United Way, and the Salvation Army. It’s called “Super Love Sender” and internet users can vote on Target’s Facebook page to decide how much of the $1 million each organization wins.

CharityNavigator allows you to give a charity gift card. Cards  can be redeemed as a donation to the recipient’s charity of choice. You pick an amount to load on the Good Card (between $10 and $250) and your recipient selects the charity (or charities) to receive the donation.  Cards can be sent via email, print-at-home or postal mail.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly © Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Philanthropy411, 2010.

Kris is a sought after philanthropy advisor, expert and award-winning author. She has helped over 90 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts.

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