November 18, 2010

The Perfect Gift. Yep. This Is the One.

Communication Goddess' Holiday Gift Idea #1:
The Good Card from Network for Good.com

For years, people could make a donation to a charity in someone else's name and presto! Holiday shopping done. I've been on both ends of that, and I never felt totally satisfied as giver or recipient. Sometimes the gift was made to my favorite charity, but once I remember that it was the giver's fave charity that got the money. Bizarre. As the giver, it just felt like a rather detached gift, even as it did a world of good in my local community.

With a Good Card from Network for Good, the giver first establishes a stored value. It's up to
the recipient to later redeem that amount as a donation to any of more than 1.2. million charities. If the non-profit is registered with GuideStar, you can support them with a Good Card.

Once ordered online, a hard plastic card can be manufactured and mailed to you for face-to-face presentation. Second choice: print your own card from the computer. Or, forget the wrapping paper and just e-mail it.

You can load a Good Card with as little as $10 or as much as $250, plus a $5 handling fee. The cards expire after 6 months.

And while you're on the website, noodle around Network for Good for a while. Its only mission is help nonprofits raise money and find volunteers. I bet you could help.

The list so far:
Communications Goddess Holiday Gift Ideas 10 for '10
#2 Computer Engineer Barbie + Twitter Jewelry
#3 Flip Ultra HD Pocket Camcorder
# 4 Barnes & Noble Nook Color (e-book reader)#5
# 5 Toys for Grown-Ups
# 6 Emergency Radio
# 7 Interactive Clothes
# 8 Organize with Style
# 9 Celebrity Voices for GPS
#10 Wi-Fi Digital Picture Frame

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