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Not the Usual Corporate Holiday Gift

Submitted by: GlobalGiving

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Environment

Posted: Nov 13, 2007 – 08:00 AM EST

 

GlobalGiving's New Biodegradable Gift Cards Offer Alternative to Usual Year-End Fare

WASHINGTON, DC – November 12, 2007 - GlobalGiving, an online marketplace for philanthropy that connects donors directly to social-change projects in over 60 countries, offers the perfect antidote to year-end excess. For the price of a logo-emblazoned sweatshirt, employers can give a gift that will satisfy the hearts, minds, and passions of their employees, clients, and business partners: GlobalGiving gift cards and gift certificates.

GlobalGiving’s new biodegradable gift cards are ideal for businesses or others who want to give meaningful gifts to employees, customers, and clients. Gift card recipients can, for example, use their cards to provide pedal-generated electricity to residents of a village in Nepal, motorcycle maintenance for traveling nurses in rural Zimbabwe, and safe health care services to women in Tibet. Gift Cards can be purchased in any denomination, and also may be sent via email.

Cards work just like traditional retail gift cards – recipients visit GlobalGiving.org to browse an extensive catalog of projects in themes ranging from education and health to economic development and the environment, and use the gift card to support the project(s) that move(s) them. They can then track the impact of their contributions through regular progress updates provided by project leaders, so they can see how their gift card has been put to work and the results that have been achieved. Purchases of gift cards, like any other charitable contribution, are deductible in the U.S. for tax purposes.

Tom Bird, President of Farm Capital Services, commented, "My wife and I have given GlobalGiving gift cards in a variety of situations where something unique feels appropriate. They are educational, meaningful, and easy to redeem...and it sure beats giving something that is neither needed nor wanted."

GlobalGiving has established itself as the trusted choice of thousands of donors, many corporate and organizational partners, and key funders. Since 2002, more than $6 million has been directed to more than 900 projects. Last year, organizations including eBay, Leo Burnett, and Yahoo! gave GlobalGiving gift cards as part of their holiday gifting.

If you are interested in purchasing GlobalGiving gift cards for the holidays, contact John Hecklinger or Joan Ochi at GlobalGiving (202.232.5784.)

About GlobalGiving®: GlobalGiving enables individuals and organizations to find and direct their funds to high-impact, grassroots projects around the world. By aggregating many donors, GlobalGiving is creating a new source of funding for people with innovative solutions to challenging world issues. Corporate partners include eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Gap, Inc., Ford Motor Company Fund, and The North Face, among others. In addition, major funding partners include Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, USAID, and the Sall Family Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Janie Hayes GlobalGiving
Phone: 202.232.5784
Phone 2: 240.602-4902
Joan Ochi GlobalGiving
Phone: 202.232.5784
Phone 2: 202.262.3964

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