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Tisbest Philanthropy

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Fueling a movement to replace gifts of stuff with gifts of good that meaningfully connect individuals to important causes. TisBest: a better gift, a better world

Results: TisBest Philanthropy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging others to give gifts of good, rather than gifts of stuff. We created charity gift cards to do just that. Charity gift cards work like conventional gift cards, but with one meaningful exception: the recipient "spends" the card by choosing which charity to support with the funds. Our charity gift cards are customizable and come in any amount between $10-$5,000. You can choose to send a 100% recycled plastic card by the mail, print a card at home on your own printer, or send an e-card directly to your gift recipient. We're passionate about getting others giving and raising awareness for our 250+ stellar charity partners. Curious who we support? We've carefully selected a broad spectrum of organizations so there's something for everyone. You can view our partners here: https://www.tisbest.org/Charities.aspx

Programs: Tisbest philanthropy has diverted millions of gift dollars from being spent on "stuff" to being spent on charities chosen by gift recipients. Tisbest provides funds to over 250 charities throughout the united states. Tisbest charity gift cards are used by thousands of people to replace "stuff" when making gifts of all sorts, including holiday gifts, birthday gifts, mitzvah gifts, professional gifts, b2b gifts, conference gifts, recruiting gifts and many others. Tisbest empowers all those gift givers to use their dollars for good, rather than more stuff.

tisbest developed the discovergiving program in fiscal year 2013 and launched the program in october 2013. The tisbest materials in the kits were used by nearly 800 elementary students to encourage giving at an early age.

Community Stories

133 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family does charitable contributions instead of gifts for Christmas. Tisbest made it fun for my nephews to choose their giving. My mom emailed and called to make sure her donation was given to the correct place and was happy with the customer service. I recommend!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knowing how our employees charitable dollars will be used is as important as choosing the charity. TisBest allows our employees to choose a organization that means something to them as well as the added trust of where the dollars are going. We are super proud to work with TisBest for our charitable giving program across the U.S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tisbest provides a new way for giving the gift of giving.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been giving TisBest Charity Gift Cards since 2007. They have become a quintessential stocking stuffer during the holidays and the perfect gift for coworkers. Beyond the incredibly cool concept, the staff is an absolute pleasure to talk to. They are consistently prompt in responding to any questions I may have and are always thorough in their answers. Overall one of my favorite gifts to both give and receive.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been using TisBest charity gift cards for the past couple of years. Doesn't matter the occasion, my friends and family are always excited to have a chance to donate to the charity of their choice! I absolutely love the concept and like that there is nothing else like it, these gift cards are truly a one of a kind, incredibly kind, and they help make the world a better place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this idea! The fact that the gift recipient gets to choose charities of his or her choice is really unique. I have used Tisbest gift cards for the past few holiday seasons, and they are always well received.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our company wanted to donate our swag budget to charity. Rick at TisBest was extremely helpful in holding our hand throughout the process, and being patient while we worked out many design ideas and possibilities. Rick was willing to accommodate whatever our design needs were while we were stuck for a month deciding between just receiving the codes to print out on our end, or acquiring plastic cards from TisBest.
Our event was well received, and helped boost company morale. Everyone loves feeling like they're part of something meaningful, that contributes to the needs of others.
The only hitch was that the website to redeem the cards felt slow and clunky, but we got used to it after a day. (Full disclosure, we design websites, and have offered to work with TisBest on upgrading theirs.)
All in all, this was a fantastic experience, and we plan to continue working with TisBest on future projects.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great concept - makes it so efficient to give to charities!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a thoughtful way to give a gift and to also engage more people in giving - well done!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

During our holiday Christmas party at work, I put one of these in each of the goodie bags and received incredibly positive feedback. I know many of my co-workers have decided to make giving these a tradition among their families as a way of helping children learn how to be charitable and kind. Such a pleasure to give out a gift that builds a more positive future generation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really like that TisBest is connected with such a diverse number of charitable causes. The charity gift cards were a perfect solution to holiday gift-giving for my family. I have always been reluctant to give them a bunch of stuff they may or may not want, and the gift cards allowed them each to choose charities close to their hearts -- and then I got to see what charities they chose, and they got to leave me little thank-you notes! The whole process was really fun, and it felt good to know we were giving back.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic concept, great execution. I have always preferred making donations (rather than giving more stuff), but love that the charity gift card allows the gift recipients to choose causes meaningful to them. I have purchased cards for family members and friends with great response, and even had cards customized with personal photos. Loved working with TisBest as part of the giving process!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I help my company create gifts for our clients. TisBest saved the day. My boss wanted something that had our brand on it, and supported a range of charities (our clients have really varied backgrounds). TisBest came through for us - Kyle helped me to get custom cards printed and overnighted to us on 2 days' notice. My boss loved it and the customer feedback is really amazing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Firstly, the very core of Tisbest is to serve as a medium for people to give to charity, but if you breakdown how much of your purchase goes to charity, you will realize you are better off donating your money directly to a charity of your choosin. After taking out all the admin fees, credit card processing fees, all you have is approximately 50-60% of your money actually going to charity.
Looking back, a TisBest card is a good one-time gift that's best defined as a chachki. Ever wonder what happens to all those cards that go un-redeemed?
If you ever want to buy a charity gift card, think twice! Your money is better served being donated directly to non-profits like Red Cross. Why go through a middle man to donate money, when you can donate directly.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

This is such a fantastic concept. You give a gift, and the recipient gets to feed a hungry child, save some rainforest or even help cure cancer. What a way to put a smile on your gift recipient's face!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have purchased several gift cards from tisbest for friends and teachers. Not only are they always well received, but the customer service is fantastic! The people at tisbest are always willing to help you troubleshoot and even go the extra mile to make sure that things go smoothly. The number and diversity of charities to choose from is outstanding! We will definitely continue to be loyal customers! I highly recommend tisbest to anyone who will listen! Keep up the great work guys!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Great concept and I ordered cards for my family over the holidays.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Great concept! Great people to work with!
Probably need more staff to handle workload which is evident in responses to emails, etc.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great site that allows you to donate to multiple charities, while also partnering with corporations for donations. Great set up!

2 Debra82

Donor

Rating: 5

I bought these charity gift cards for my nieces and nephews for Christmas who are in their late teens, early twenties. My oldest niece spent a lot of time choosing a charity and settled on a children's clean water network which looked great. I love the idea of them being able to pick their own. My other nieces and nephews didn't choose so after 2 months I chose for them. It was good that I was able to send gifts that were giving back and even though the others didn't take the time to search I was able to login to my account and put the money in a charity I liked. So it all worked great. I also like that you can see who has used it and when and they can even leave a thank you note for you.

2 Marie59

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TisBest is a wonderful way to gift the hard-to-buy-for people on my list. I like the way they can choose to whom the money goes. My sister was especially thrilled.