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Charity Checks' "giving certificates" allow consumers to shop from home, save on taxes and give a present that’s redeemable as a donation to any of 800,000 IRS-qualified charities across the country.
Here’s how it works: Say you decide to order CHARITY CHECKS for ten friends, and you want to give each one a $50 "giving certificate." You get a $500 tax deduction and each of your friends receives $50 to give to his or her favorite cause. In the pilot program, Scott Cook, co-Founder of Intuit (the makers of Quicken software), purchased Charity Checks for his 42 Vice-Presidents. He chose the amount of the donation, but his employees were free to select the cause or charity that benefited from his tax-deductible gift.
A valuable new tool for personal or business philanthropy, CHARITY CHECKS are the brainchild of the husband-and-wife team Victor Dorff, a journalist and educator, and Lisa Sonne, a documentary film producer and magazine writer.
"You give them to the people you care about," says Dorff, "and the recipients give them to the causes they want to help relief funds, soup kitchens, local symphonies, national literacy programs, hospitals and public television, just to name a few. The giver of a Charity Check receives the tax-deduction, but the receivers enjoy the opportunity to make a contribution of their own choosing."
"Gift certificates can buy goods. Giving Certificates can do good," said Sonne. "Whether a company is sponsoring a classroom of kids or using Charity Checks as employee benefits, and whether an individual is giving them as gifts or using them as part of a personal philanthropy program, people are determining what they care about... and making a difference."