Incorporate Philanthropy and Charity into
your San Diego Wedding!
Considering a San Diego wedding?
Already have a toaster and a fondue pot?
Give your guests the option to donate to a charity, and in
this way incorporate philanthropy, and the element of charity,
into your San Diego wedding!
Making donations as wedding gifts is becoming increasingly
popular. Especially since many couples marry at older ages
today, they find that they already have all of the pots, pans,
and dishes that they need! And even if they are still registered
for traditional gifts, many couples have expressed interest
in receiving more meaningful gifts such as charitable donations.
So where would you start, as far as adding the elements of
philanthropy and charity to your San Diego wedding and reception?
First decide how much you’d want to donate, and the
approach you’d take.
Determine how you would like to convey the above to your guests.
- You can encourage your guests to donate to a given charity the amount that they would typically spend on a gift, or
- You as the bride and groom can give a set amount or
- Have a formula whereby you donate a few dollars per guest or
- Combine a Donation Registry (as above), along with your Gift Registry, to raise donations for the charity, so you don’t have to give up the new toaster.
Many charities today accept donations in various ways. Use whichever one you feel most comfortable with:
- Communicate this via the invitation: “In lieu of gifts
we would appreciate donations toward our favorite charity,
[Name of Charity]”
- Or on your table or place cards: “Thank you for being
part of our lives and joining us in our special day. In
honor and appreciation of our guests, we have made a contribution
to [Name of Charity]”
As a bridal couple on behalf of your guests, or as an individual making the contribution, when you communicate with the charity, be sure to identify the name of the couple that you are honoring with this donation. (In the case of an individual making the gift, provide the charity with the couple's contact information so that they may receive a gift acknowledgement.)
- On-line donations. (As an example, to make a donation on Family Care Foundation’s
secure server, you would click
- You can instead just pick up the phone and make a donation by credit card, or mail a check; simply use the contact information provided at the charity's website.
In any case, you will also receive a receipt for tax purposes.
Click Titles below for Helpful Reference Articles to plan
your San Diego wedding:
Philanthropy Part of the Nuptials - NPR news
Some couples are making philanthropy part of the theme of
their wedding day. Some couples register their gifts through
a charitable gift registry program, while others are asking
their guests to donate to selected charities instead of buying
Wedding Gifts that Make a Difference
With more people getting married later in life, there is a
new trend for soon-to-be-married couples asking for charitable
donations in lieu of traditional wedding gifts. JustGive.org
has streamlined this process by offering a unique online Charity
Wedding Registry for couples looking to create a wish list
of their favorite nonprofit organizations that they would
like to help. "A charitable gift in a couple's name makes
a wonderful and truly meaningful wedding gift."
Many couples include charity in celebration
– Atlanta Journal-Constitution
When it came time to select gifts for the participants in
their wedding, the couple decided to do something different.
"We didn't want to give them the same old trinket they got
for being in every other wedding — a jewelry box or cuff links,"
she said. "Instead, we made a donation in honor of each person."
Eleven ways to give back – Cox News
1. Choose a reception location owned by a nonprofit, such
as a nature preserve, university or museum, where the rental
proceeds will go to a good cause
2. Consider donations in place of gifts. Give your guests
the option of donating to your favorite charity.
Donations as Wedding Favors - www.favorideas.com
The times, they are a-changin'. Bride and groom are not the
needy little waiflings they once were. Many lived together
before the ceremony, and acquired plenty of appliances, glassware
and cutlery along the way. With this sense of material fullness,
more and more bridal couples are donating to charity instead
of handing out wedding favors.
'Tis Healthier to Give Than to Receive
– Health Scout News
That old adage about feeling good when you do something for
someone else apparently has more than an emotional ring to
it. Engaging in even a scant amount of altruistic behavior
increases longevity, a University of Michigan study has found.
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All proceeds from weddings support the charity work of Family Care Foundation, as do car donations. Click here to make a car donation, truck donation, RV donation or boat donation to Donate Car to Charity