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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 biodegradable 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! We've carefully selected a broad spectrum of featured organizations and have a searchable database of more than 1.5 million 501(c)3s, so there's something for everyone. You can view our partners here: https://www.tisbest.org/List-Of-Charities/

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 thousands of 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.

Community Stories

159 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We gave TisBest gift cards as holiday gifts to our office staff last December and to the cast and crew of one of our TV Shows that was celebrating a monumental TV moment. The response was absolutely amazing. Everyone loved being able to choose where their donation went and acknowledged how good it felt to be giving back. We all have so much to be thankful for and TisBest was the perfect way to share that!

Donor

Rating: 1

I would not use due to incredibly poor customer service. I've purchased TisBest gift cards for years but this is the first time I needed to contact customer service and I was never able to hear back from anyone. I emailed three times and left two voice messages for customer service over the last five days and nobody seems to care that it's been 15 days and I have yet to receive my cards. There are so many charity gift card companies who do care if you receive the order you purchased from them - in my experience, TisBest is not one of them.

Laurie S.9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a marketing firm and had helped a client convert a live event into a virtual event. We wanted to come up with unique ways to engage the customers, since the live event was impossible due to the pandemic. Working with TisBest was extremely easy; we sent in a bulk order, gave them our custom artwork, and they sent the emails to the recipients immediately. Right away, we got access to a report so that we can see when our recipients have used their donation codes, and we also get an email each time someone uses their code. The first recipient donated immediately and wrote us, "Thank you for the TisBest Charity Gift Card! It means a lot to me to be able to help change the lives of many, making this world a better place." I highly recommend working with TisBest...'tis indeed best!

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Donor

Rating: 5

When my children were young, I would plant a tree, or feed the homeless, or adopt an animal for a birthday or Christmas present to teach them about giving. They are now adults with generous natures; however, young career people don't always have enough disposable income to support the causes they care about.

I gave 4 gift cards to my adult children for Christmas. I expected they would appreciate them; however, never anticipated the child-like joy and excitement they expressed at receiving the very coolest gift ever. They have now spent their cards and are still talking about what an amazing idea these cards are and how much fun it was to peruse the website, and others, to learn about so many organizations that do good work and then to select where my gift to them would go.

I never get thank you notes from them for Christmas presents, at least not until this year when each of them texted or emailed me telling me this was their favorite gift...ever.

1 Anna Petrocco D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In the era of people asking to donate to the nonprofit of their choice for their birthday, TisBest is a great choice when it comes to the holidays and gift giving. I love having it as an option for everything from stocking stuffers to hostess gifts. And people love receiving it too. It’s great to hear how surprised and thankful people are to receive it. I’d recommend it to all my friends and family.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I purchased a charity gift card from tisbest for my mom on her birthday - super easy to order and ship it online. She loves getting stuff normally, but this time getting a custom gift card with her grandkids' picture on it was different. Funny enough she was afraid to spend it on charities as if that beautiful card image would somehow poof - disappear. The card itself was better than stuff!

Sue B.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted to give our clients something more than just gimmicky logo merchandise. We found TisBest and it's been great. I can customize my gift cards with my own message and logo. We've had a really good feedback from our clients! And TisBest ships my cards out fast and is very responsive. We're happy that we can thank our clients with something that will have an impact on others.

Missy A.2

Donor

Rating: 5

What an excellent idea to give to clients as a thank you. They love it and we love it! Great company, great customer service. I highly recommend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We having been sending TisBest cards to our clients every holiday season for the last 2 years thanking them for their continued partnerships and the response has been incredible from our client base. This is in lieu of the traditional popcorn tin, executive gift that no one uses, etc. and our feedback from our clients has been very vocal to the positive and appreciative that we use our money to thank them and they in turn can use the money to thank something that is meaningful to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have used gift cards in the past in place of Christmas gifts. I always get overwhelming compliments and people love being able to donate to a charity of their choice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've given these charity gift cards to my nieces and nephews for the last three years. They love picking causes to support and I like that there's a gift that allows me to help teach them the importance of giving back to support their communities.

Nicole A.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

At Artisan Dental, we offer a selection of gift cards to our patients and are always heartened when they choose TisBest to donate to others rather than accepting a gift for themselves. We are a B Corp and take great pride in doing what we can to make the world a better place.

It is always so fast and easy to work with Amy at TisBest ordering our personalized cards with our logo. I love that we get updates on the charities that our patients choose to donate to and we share this information at our staff meetings.

I highly recommend TisBest!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recieved a gift card for my birthday. Very satisfying to select my charity and learned about a few more while I was deciding. I emailed about their plastic card use and got a quick and thoughtful reply - and clarification the cards are biodegradable, not plastic. Appreciated the attention and thoughtfulness they are showing behind the scenes as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being in the senior care industry, we were thrilled to discover TisBest charity cards. They turned out to be highly effective as a marketing tool! They never fail to delight the recipient and everyone comments on how nice and memorable they are compared to the usual branded trinkets such as pens or magnets. We especially like that there is a wide selection of charities, literally hundreds to choose from, and the option of customized plastic cards.

Donor

Rating: 5

We use T'is Best to allow our clients to choose an organization of their choice to donate to during the holiday. They love it! Much better than a fruitcake! ; ) Great idea, great service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great service, great team, great product, 3 years a client a counting.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just the perfect gift for my staff, thank you Tisbest.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The young lady on the phone was just lovely, her guidance, support and help, made this experience something I will do my best to tell everyone about.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just LOVE LOVE LOVE them, the only way I'll ever gift again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tisbest is so amazing to work with. The staff gave the most incredible customer service, walking me through the process, making it fun and easy.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love this idea!!! Such a convenient and easy way to give gifts that touch so many lives!!! Will definitely be referring all my friends and family!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great concept. Unique caring nonprofit. Cards are thoughtful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our office has been really pleased with Tisbest Philanthropy for our client gifts. The positive feedback has been fantastic. One client even shared she would prefer we send her this charitable gift card every year for her birthday!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We used tisbest last year for customer gifts at a conference we held. Every step of the process the team at tisbest went out of their way to make sure our experience was top notch. The customers loved the gift cards; something cool and unique. We'll definitely use tisbest again! Thanks for all the help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love to make a difference, for our company and our community. Therefore, to commemorate our employees one-year anniversaries we give them each a gift certificate from TisBest.org to donate to a charity that matters to them. Working with TisBest has been a pleasure and our employees would say the same.

Gena R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our company provides our employees with a quarterly bonus that they can donate towards a charity of their choice. Providing back to the causes our employees feel passionately about is one of our 9 values that we honor. Tisbest allows us to provide this opportunity to our employees in the most seamless way. Not only is their platform easy to use and navigate, but they're so helpful and quick in answering any questions and providing support.

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.

1

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.

2

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.

1

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

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!!

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!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

1

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful gift giving solution for those that have everything. The photo gift card is especially personal. We have given cards to our friends and family and everyone loves the idea of giving to a charity of their choice. We will continue to use this wonderful service for gift giving. We highly recommend "Tisbest".

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We started using TisBest a few years ago for our Christmas gifts to friends and family. It is a way to give to many excellent organizations while also giving to our loved ones. We used to give to one organization in the name of each person, but we prefer this method so that the recipient can choose the final beneficiary of their gift. The method is very slick, easy to understand, and simple. The few times our recipients had a problem TisBest was EXCELLENT helping us to resolve the issue. We will continue to use TisBest as a way to give a gift that keeps on giving.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family is very lucky. Our needs are met. For the older family members , not only are their needs met but most of their wants are satisfied. I have used charity donations as gifts before. What's so very special and personalized about TisBest, is that recipient chooses the charity.
The process was quite simple. One chooses the amount of the gift. TisBest notifies the recipient by email - really great if you procrastinated - and directives them to the site to choose THIER charity from many,many choices.
My family member was delighted! He also mentioned the ease he experienced.
Absolutely recommend.

2 Pete A.

Client Served

Rating: 3

I bought a bunch of cards for my family members as a holiday gift. It was an easy process and they all seemed to like the idea. Unfortunately, a few of them never used the cards so I would not purchase these in the future.

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TisBest Philanthropy 09/30/2014

Hi Pete! If your recipient doesn't spend their gift card, you can always do it yourself (your receipt gives you access to the unspent codes--let us know if you need another copy). If a card remains unspent for two years, the funds on that card slowly roll into our education budget. Those funds are used to support the TisBest Charity Gift Card system and specifically to support DiscoverGiving, TisBest’s classroom philanthropy project. Monies are used to provide free giving kits to select classrooms and to enhance all aspects of the DiscoverGiving program. Remember, TisBest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all monies are spent carefully and effectively to make this unique charity gift card system possible, to encourage non-material gift-giving, and to support our charity partners. Thanks for using TisBest, and let us know if there's anything we can do to make the experience better for you in the future!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We came across TisBest a few years ago and loved the fact that we could create our own custom charity gift card to give to our employees and our business clients at the end of the year - our gift to them is the gift of giving back to a charity or cause meaningful to them. I've even used them personally as gifts. The sheer appreciation we receive from others for providing such a thoughtful gift has made this program a must have for us.

Donor

Rating: 5

Medical Teams International. A local team that provides medical care and relief throughout the world and here at home. Very impressive record of being where they are needed most.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best idea/approach for buying a gift card for someone: that person selects the recipient of your donation! Talk about win-win!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great concept for a non-profit. What do you get for the person who has everything? A TisBest gift card! That way, the recipient can choose one or more charities that are meaningful to him/her/them. I sent one for a 50th birthday gift and another for an engagement gift. Both recipients were thrilled to receive this unique gift. I am so glad that a friend shared this company with me, and now I share it with anyone and everyone!

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Donor

Rating: 5

TisBest has hit upon a formula that really works wonders in so many ways. It has enabled me to "give the gift of giving" not only to show appreciation (teacher gifts) and honor (mother's day gifts) but also to use as a teaching tool (holiday gifts for my children, nieces, nephews, who then learn about philanthropy by choosing their own charities). The fact that TisBest has connected with such a great variety of charities makes it easy to know that no matter who I give a gift card to, she will find a charity that is meaningful to her.

I also love the feature of being able to upload your own photo for gift cards. A great way to give a teacher gift is to take a photo of your child with a sign saying "Thank you!", upload the photo, and order it for his teachers/school administrators. You can do the same for gifts to grandparents (with an "I love you!" sign). So many ways to be creative in gift giving with TisBest!

3 Mark144

Donor

Rating: 5

I used Tisbest for client gifts this past year. I must say the response was awesome and everyone thought it was a great idea. I will utilize Tisbest again this year and expand to whom I give the gift cards to.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The TisBest charity cards are the most well received corporate gifts we've ever given. Our company has been sending these each year at the holidays for over 5 years. The best compliments I can receive is when a client tells me they now use TisBest cards in their corporate gift programs after learning about them from us.

TisBest offers great customer service and is always available to answer questions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For the last several years I have been giving Tis Best cards to my clients during the holidays to thank them for their support and to show my appreciation of their business. I can't tell you how many nice e-mails and thank you notes I receive as a result. People are tired of gift baskets and company logo items and these charity cards are much appreciated. Many people tell me about the charities they support and how happy they are to be able to contribute in this way. I think it helps me stay connected to my clients on a more personal level and I can't imagine giving anything else!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TisBest gift cards are one of the most amazing ways to say Thank You. I give them as birthday and Christmas gifts as well as for special thank yous to volunteers. Not only does this gift educate the recipients on many charities they wouldn't necessarily come across otherwise, I get an insight into what's important to them when they "spend" the card.

2 Ronald W.

Donor

Rating: 5

very easy user interface. quality navigational menus and links.

2 Jason84

Client Served

Rating: 5

We used tisbest.org for our corporate holiday gifts instead of the traditional gift baskets (or whatever), which was very well received by our clients, making this a no-brainer for every holiday gift going forward. In addition, we now use tisbest throughout the year as a regular part of our business! They worked with us to customize a program. Great people and a great organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently bought two gift cards for birthdays, and they were a success. Shopping was easy, and the recipients enjoyed "spending" their donation dollars. What a nice gift--I really love the idea that my family and friends can donate where they see fit.

2 Leanne8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I love to give these to nieces and nephews for birthdays to try to balance out the "keeping up with the Joneses" effect and try to get them to think about the world of charities that are out there and that there are others who are less fortunate. I love getting the notification that says what charities they picked and why.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Concept is great as is execution. I gave tis best gift cards as Xmas gifts. I printed my family's photo on front to personalize. Recipients appreciated the chance to make their one donation choice. Customer service phone assistance was easy and smart.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

TisBest is a fantastic alternative to just giving a gift item of some sort. The fact that a recipient can choose a charity that has meaning to them is very powerful and moving. This is a great concept and I use it regularly.