For as long as I can remember, I have been of the mindset that it is better to give than to receive, especially when it comes to charity.
When I was just a young girl, my mom brought me to the soup kitchen to help those less fortunate in our community. I organized a book drive in junior high for our local shelter and spent all four years of college volunteering at a high-poverty elementary school. While I have not had much time in my adulthood to spend doing charitable deeds, I try to make a difference with financial donations when possible. That is why I love when I hear stories about people giving a portion or all of their wedding gift monies to charity. What better way to share your love then to ask your friends and family to support your favorite cause? If you are thinking about raising money for a charity, there are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Gift versus Charitable Donation: While it would be nice to ask for a gift AND a donation, you will have to make the decision of what is more important. If you are not desperately in need of the standard newlywed gifts, you can give your guests the choice of donating to your charity or buying you a gift. Make it clear on your website and save the date cards about how the guests can give money or buy gifts. You can use a website like Razoo to set up an easy method of online payments for your fundraiser.
2. Donation Box: If you do not want to set up a website to collect funds for your charity, you can find and jazz up a box for donations. Place a sign by the box and allow people to slip their envelopes into the box discretely, placing less pressure on people who do not give to your charity of choice.
3. Percentage Option: Rather than asking people to donate money themselves, you can announce that you will give a portion of your gift monies to your charity.
4. Purchase charity-minded favors: Another option is to purchase party favors that directly support the charity. You can include a small note about how the items support your charity and how your guests can also support the charity after the wedding if they wish.
While these are just a few ideas for charitable weddings, you can find so many more and real stories at The Charity Wedding. Just have a box of tissues handy to read some of the truly moving stories posted on the website!