- What is a Charity Registry?
- Can I register for gifts as well as set up a Charity Registry?
- How do I choose the recipient organization for my Charity Registry?
- Can I control the number of donations on my registry?
- Can I change the set up of my Charity Registry?
- How will my guests access my Charity Registry?
- How will my guests make donations?
- How will I know when my guests make a donation?
- Does the I Do Foundation deduct fees from my wedding donations?
- I want to include a note about my Charity Registry in my invitation. What should I say?
A Charity Registry allows you to create a registry for direct donations to your selected charity. It is similar to a regular gift registry, except that your Charity Registry allows guests to make credit card donations rather than purchasing blenders, toasters, or other traditional gifts.
Yes, you can do both. When your guests view your wedding website, they have the option to link to a "Registries" section, where both your Charity Registry and Gift Registry are displayed.
You can set up your charitable giving options through the Registry Charities section of the I Do Foundation site.
Yes. You can set aside as few or as many donations on your registry as you would like. Choose the Targeted Charity Registry option to limit the number of donations on your registry.
Yes. To add or subtract donation slots from your Charity Registry, go to the Charity Registry Status page. To restart your Charity Registry, go to Your Charity Registry and begin the set up process again. Any donations that have already been made by guests cannot be altered.
Guests access your Charity Registry online through Your Personal Wedding Website. When you set up your Charity Registry, the I Do Foundation automatically sets up a link on your wedding page for guests to make donations.
Guests can make donations online through our secure credit card donation system.
You can keep track of your guests' donations through the Charity Registry Status page. This status page will provide you with all of the information that you will need to write thank you notes and manage your gift registry.
We have chosen to share some of the joy of our wedding with charity. As an alternative to buying a gift, please consider making a donation through our Charity Registry. You can find information about our registry and all of our wedding events at www.IDoFoundation.org. We look forward to celebrating with you.
Or, if you don't want to mention your Charity Registry in your invitation, simply include the website information, www.IDoFoundation.org, and let your guests know that your site tells them all that they need to know about your wedding.
- What is a Charitable Gift Registry?
- How do I set up a Charitable Gift Registry?
- How are donations generated from my gift registry?
- How much will WeddingChannel.com donate to the charity we select?
- Can I select any charity from your database for my gift registry?
- Does the I Do Foundation take any portion of the donated percentage?
- Can I register with multiple stores?
- If I am already registered at a store that is partnered with WeddingChannel, can I still have a percentage donated to my chosen charity?
- Do my guests need to buy online in order to raise donations?
- Who do I contact with questions about the gift registry itself?
- What if I want to register with stores that are not WeddingChannel partners?
- Can I Do Foundation guarantee that all Gift Registry purchases will raise a donation for charity?
Starting September 1, 2012, I Do Foundation is working exclusively with WeddingChannel.com, making it possible for couples to create charitable gift registries through some of their favorite stores. WeddingChannel will donate up to 3% of gift purchases to any charity on their list of 100 approved charities.
Visit the I Do Foundation page on WeddingChannel, and choose "Let WeddingChannel Donate." Create your account and go to the "Wedding Registry" tab. Select the store you want to register with or add your existing registries to your WeddingChannel profile. Choose one or more charities that you want to receive the money from WeddingChannel's list of 100 charities. They will donate up to 3% of the purchase price of each gift to your chosen charities.
When guests purchase gifts online through your WeddingChannel registries, WeddingChannel donates up to 3% of the purchase price. Don't forget to select your charity—otherwise, no donations will be made.
No. You'll need to choose your charity from WeddingChannel's list of 100 vetted charities. See WeddingChannel for more information.
Yes, you can register with multiple stores through WeddingChannel.com. (As of September 1, 2012, I Do Foundation is working exclusively with WeddingChannel.com to offer you the widest variety of stores for the items you need.)
Yes. Simply add that store to your list of registries in your account on WeddingChannel.com. While past purchases won't count, any gift guests buy for you after you've added the store to your registry will raise donations. See WeddingChannel for more information
Yes. Only purchases your guests make online through the links in your WeddingChannel registry qualify to receive the charitable donation.
If you have questions about donations or I Do Foundation, contact WeddingChannel directly.
Unfortunately, you can only register with partner stores listed on WeddingChannel.com.
We do everything we can to ensure that all Gift Registry purchases raise money for charity and to help couples celebrate generously. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do in those rare cases when a partner store changes or cancels their participation with little or no notice. Since we cannot fully control partner store participation, we cannot guarantee that all Gift Registry purchases will generate a donation.
- What is the purpose of Registry Charities?
- What is the process for creating my Registry Charities?
- When should I set up my Registry Charities?
- How do I select the beneficiary of my donation?
- Can I support a charity that is not listed on your website?
- If my suggested nonprofit is approved, will it be featured on your website?
- How do I change or edit my Registry Charities?
- How much will my guests see about my charitable options?
- What happens if I return a gift?
- Will nonprofits know who I am?
- When are donations raised at my wedding distributed?
The Registry Charities set-up process helps you select the charitable cause you would like your wedding donations to support. It is also through the Registry Charities set-up process that you will decide whether you would like to choose an I Do Foundation recommended organization or nominate your own organization.
Setting up your Registry Charities is simple. Once you arrive at the Registry Charities page, you will be given the option to choose an I Do Foundation recommended organization or nominate your own organization. You can choose multiple organizations by returning to your Registry Charities page and selecting another nonprofit. Finally, you will review the I Do Foundation's terms and conditions for our charitable wedding services and confirm your charitable choices.
We suggest that you set up your Registry Charities before starting other activities on our site. You may, however, set up your Registry Charities at any time before the day of your wedding.
When you go through the Registry Charities process, you will be given the chance to support one of the I Do Foundation's nonprofit partners, one of our established giving areas, or you may suggest a nonprofit recipient. Before you begin to create your Registry Charities, you may wish to familiarize yourself with the I Do Foundation's recommended nonprofits listed under Charitable Partners.
Yes—can support almost any charity you would like. When you log into your I Do Foundation account, we will ask you to tell us which charity you'd like to support. In addition to the ones on our list, you are able to suggest groups that are personally meaningful to you. If your charity meets the following three criteria, it will be approved to receive funds from the I Do Foundation: 1) The organization must be recognized as a tax-exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) ruling of the IRS code. 2) The organization must demonstrate basic fiscal responsibility. 3) The organization cannot promote violence, intolerance, racial division, or discrimination. It may take up to two weeks to receive final notification that your suggested nonprofit has been approved.
On its website, the I Do Foundation lists only those organizations that have been approved as Charitable Partners or other recommended groups. In most cases, those organizations suggested by couples will not be listed on the website. In cases where suggested groups meet the Foundation's strict criteria, these groups may be considered by the I Do Foundation Board of Directors for "recommended" status.
You can change your Registry Charities at any time. If you would like to edit your options, you can do so through the Registry Charities page. You can add or remove groups and see the status of nominated organizations on this page. If you choose to add or remove a nonprofit, this change will not affect any donations that already have been made.
Your charitable choices will be made available to your guests on your wedding website, on the "Our Charity" page. This page will list the name of your charity, a brief description about its work, and links for people who wish to access additional information. If you would like to add a note about why you have chosen to add a charitable component to your wedding, you can do that on the "Our Charity" page as well.
Your I Do Foundation gift registry raises donations for every gift purchased. Conversely, your donation is deducted for every returned item. It is certainly understandable that every couple will need to make some returns within a year of the wedding, and our system has been designed with this in mind. However, if you expect to make a large number of returns, the I Do Foundation may not be the best registry partner for you.
Many of our organizations would like to express their thanks for your support, and they appreciate the opportunity to know who you are. If you would like us to share this information with them, just check the box marked "Notify my charitable organizations of my support" at the top of your Registry Charities page. The names of your guests automatically remain private.
The I Do Foundation will disperse any donations that have been raised soon after the end of the fiscal quarter in which the donations were received.
- How can my guests raise money for my charity through their travel to my wedding?
When guests click on the Orbitz link in the travel section of your wedding web site to make their arrangements, between $5 and $15 will be donated to your charity.
- How quickly can I receive personalized place cards?
- Can I support any charity or just the ones on your list?
- What options do I have for text/graphics on the cards?
- I want a printing option not listed on your site. Do you provide custom options?
- Is the donation tax deductible for my guests or for me?
- What is your return/refund policy?
- Can I order favors w/o donation? Can I make a donation w/o ordering favors?
- How can I donate to multiple charities?
- How much do Favor Cards cost?
The I Do Foundation offers three shipping options. Standard Shipping takes up to 3-4 weeks for delivery. Expedited Shipping takes up to 8 business days and Rush Shipping arrives within 4 business days. These time estimates include all printing, processing, and shipping.
For all I Do Foundation services, you have the option of selecting a charity from our list or nominating one of your own. You are able to suggest groups that are personally meaningful to you. If your charity meets the following three criteria, it will be approved to receive funds from the I Do Foundation: 1) The organization must be recognized as a tax-exempt organization under the 501(c)(3) ruling of the IRS code. 2) The organization must demonstrate basic fiscal responsibility. 3) The organization cannot promote violence, intolerance, racial division, or discrimination.
For each card option the text is fully customizable allowing you to personalize your message to your guests. At present, we do not offer the option of adding additional graphics or images to the card. We have designed the standard templates as elegantly as possible, allowing them to fit the theme of almost any wedding.
We do not currently offer customized favor options (graphics, photos, other sizes, paper colors, etc.). If you are unsatisfied with the options available on our site, we would encourage you to make a donation to the charity and then have your favor cards printed through a third party. If you would like us to send you a printer-friendly copy of our logo or any other information you can contact us here.
According IRS Guidelines, your donation is deductible on your return, not for your guests.
Once your cards have been printed, we are unable to refund your favor order. Exceptions are made only in the case that the I Do Foundation or our printing partner is directly responsible the error. While we do our best to check all customized messages for spelling and punctuation, the final responsibility in such matter rests with you. For that reason we ask that you please make sure to proof all your messages and double check your shipping address.
Yes. If you do not want to use our favor cards, you are welcome to make a donation without purchasing any cards. Likewise, if you would like to purchase cards before deciding on your donation amount, or after making a donation though another source, you are able to do so.
Yes. You can choose to make your donation either to one charity or to be split evenly between all the charities you've selected for your celebration. Simply select the appropriate option on the donation page.
Prices vary depending on the style and number of cards ordered. View favor card styles and prices
- What is a GiveNow Card?
- How do I purchase a GiveNow Card?
- What is the fee for purchasing a GiveNow Card?
- How do I redeem a GiveNow Card?
- When does my GiveNow Card expire?
- Do I receive a tax deduction when I redeem a GiveNow Card?
- Do I receive a tax deduction when I purchase a GiveNow Card?
- Once I redeem a GiveNow Card, how much goes to the charity?
- How do I know if a GiveNow Card has been redeemed?
- Can I send a paper version an online GiveNow Card?
- What if the recipient doesn't receive the email for the GiveNow Card?
- What if the recipient doesn't receive the mailed GiveNow Card?
I Do Foundation's GiveNow charity gift cards are a personal, memorable and eco-chic way to thank friends and family members who helped make your wedding special. Unique and easy to customize, these gift cards are the perfect way to show your appreciation: by giving back.
Visit our Attendant Gifts area to purchase a GiveNow Card. If you are already registered with JustGive, you will be asked to log in order to complete the purchase. If you have not yet registered with us, you will need to create an account.
There is a $5 fee for an e-card, and each additional e-card is only $2. There is a $5 fee for each mailed gift card, which covers the production and delivery of a GiveNow Card.
Redeem it here. You can use your GiveNow Card to donate to any of more than 1.8 million charities working throughout the world. With a $10 minimum gift, you can donate to a single charity or give to multiple charities of your choice.
Choose the GiveNow Card as your payment method during checkout, and enter the claim code for the card. If your Giving Basket exceeds your gift card amount, you can charge the balance to your credit card. Please note that you can only redeem one gift card at a time.
GiveNow Cards are valid for two years from the date of purchase.
Gift card redemptions do not qualify as tax-deductible donations for tax purposes.
The gift card and fee qualify as a charitable donation and is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Ninety-seven cents of every dollar you donate. Only three percent is deducted to cover processing costs.
When your recipient redeems a gift card, you will receive an email notification. You can check the status of your gift card by viewing your gift card purchase history.
You can print or resend an online gift card by viewing your Gift card purchase history. There you can print the gift card.
GiveNow Cards are emailed immediately after being purchased. Sometimes the recipient's email address will block our email as spam. You can check the status of your gift card by viewing your gift card purchase history. There you can resend the gift card. If the gift card was sent to the wrong email address there is an option to resend to a new email address.
If the recipient does not receive their mailed gift card within 5-7 business days, please contact us – and we will reissue the gift card. Please allow for additional time during peak holidays and remember to order your gift cards early to ensure timely arrival.
The GiveNow Card is sent to recipient's address as entered by purchaser. The return address printed on the gift card envelope matches the billing address entered in the purchaser's account. This allows for the card to be returned to the purchaser by regular mail if recipient's address is not valid. JustGive will only reissue gift cards 15 days after the original purchase date. We reserve the right to charge up to $5 per card to resend a gift card.
- What is a Charity Registry?
- How can I make a donation on my couple's Charity Registry?
- Will I receive confirmation if I make a charitable contribution on my couple's Charity Registry?
- Is my donation tax deductible?
- Will the couple see my donations?
- Will my name and information be provided to any nonprofit organizations?
- Can I select the charitable recipient of my gift?
- Does the I Do Foundation charge processing fees?
- Why is my credit card charged by JustGive?
A Charity Registry is similar to a regular gift registry, except that your couple has asked guests to make credit card donations rather than purchasing blenders, toasters, or other traditional gifts.
You can make donations online through our secure credit card donation system.
Yes. You will receive an email confirmation of your credit card donation.
Yes. Your confirmation email will serve as your proof of donation for your tax purposes. JustGive is a nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS as a public foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.
Yes. The couple will be notified of your donation immediately.
No. Your name and information will be kept strictly confidential.
No. Your couple has chosen a recipient for all donations made at their wedding. However, if your couple has chosen multiple recipients, you may select among them.
Yes. The I Do Foundation charges fees to cover the costs of processing your donation. The fee for credit card donations is 8% of your donation, which is added to your donation. For example, if you donate $100 to your couple's charity, you will be charged a total of $108 at checkout. We do this to ensure that the entire amount of your donation is passed directly to the charity chosen by your couple. These fees are consistent with most other nonprofit donation websites and similar to what you might be charged for shipping and handling for a traditional wedding gift purchased online.
On November 2, 2009, I Do Foundation became a part of JustGive. Donations made through I Do Foundation are now processed by JustGive, so your credit card statement will list JustGive rather than I Do Foundation.
- How do I access my couple's registry to make a purchase?
- How do my purchases generate charitable donations?
- Does the I Do Foundation take any portion of the donated percentage?
- Can I receive a tax write-off for my gift purchases?
You can find a list of the stores where your couple is registered under the "Our Registries" section of their wedding website. Use the links on this page to access your couple's registry at I Do Foundation affiliate stores. Please follow the directions on this page carefully to ensure that our affiliate stores make a donation for each of your purchases.
Every time you make a gift purchase, a donation is raised for your couple's selected charitable organization. Listed stores have agreed to pay a percentage of all gift purchases referred through our site, which allows us to donate a portion of the spending at your wedding to charity. This donation is made at ABSOLUTELY NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU.
No. The percentage listed on the I Do Foundation web site under each store is the exact amount that will be donated to your couple's selected charity.
No, because the donations are made at no additional cost to you.
- How can my travel reservations for this wedding benefit charity?
By using the Orbitz link in the 'Travel' section of the couple's Wedding Website, you can earn between $5 and $15 for their charity or charities.
- How can our organization be listed on I Do Foundation?
- Who is GuideStar?
- How do we update our listing on I Do Foundation through GuideStar
- What if we didn't receive our check?
- What if our check was issued over 180 days ago?
As long as your organization has 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, you can be listed on our website. Register with GuideStar to create or update your listing.
GuideStar is an initiative of Philanthropic Research, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 1994. GuideStar's mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and philanthropic practices through information. GuideStar provides JustGive's comprehensive database of 1.8 million public charities, making it easy for individuals to find detailed information about charities that match their interests.
Register with GuideStar, the database that powers our site, to update your listing. Once your listing is updated at GuideStar, the data will automatically update on the I Do Foundation website.
Checks are sent via first class mail to the address listed on GuideStar and are valid for 180 days. If you have not received the check within 180 days of the donation date, please contact us to initiate a check reissue request. Reissued checks are sent quarterly to the address listed on GuideStar. If your address is out of date, please read the FAQ "How do we update our listing on I Do Foundation through GuideStar?" to learn how to update your address with GuideStar. We deduct a service fee of $10 from the donations to reissue a check.
If your check is over 180 days old, it is no longer negotiable. You'll need to contact us to have it reissued. There is a $10 service fee to reissue a stale check. If your address is out of date, please read the FAQ "How do we update our listing on I Do Foundation through GuideStar?" to learn how to update your address with GuideStar.