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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

37 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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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.

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

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.

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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".

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TisBest is THE BEST gift we have ever given a dear family member and her new husband on their wedding day. They were truly "the [individual] who has everything" so as a couple, they had more than enough and are honest enough, and humble enough to realize this.

Giving back is on both their hearts and while they didn't request that donations to charitable organizations be made in their name, I'm certain now it was only because it hadn't occurred to them. They were truly touched and TisBest's customized cards & packaging added a touch of elegance that upheld the esteem we held for this very important day in their lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This website makes charitable gift-giving so easy: they've already vetted great charities, they have a nice selection of gift cards, the process is clear and easy to navigate, and it makes transitioning from giving "stuff" to people (that they don't need) to giving them the experience of picking out organizations they want to contribute to fun. I got great positive feedback from gift recipients! Plus, TisBest makes it easy for them to respond to your gift and share what they picked if they want. All-round good design for doing good.

Trudy B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a card from a friend 2 years ago and was blown away... I loved the fact that I could go online and personally choose a charity to donate to. It was the perfect gift! I was contacted last year to help get out the word by distributing cards to friends, family and coworkers and jumped at the chance. It was amazing to see people's faces light up when you told them what you were giving them!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a perfect way to remember/honor friends and family with gifts that provide for those in need. Whether you desire to help people, animals, the environment, this is the perfect way to do so.

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TisBest Philanthropy 11/08/2012

Thank you for your kind words! We agree completely. :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was first given a Tisbest gift card 3 1/2 years ago. I was inspired and started giving out Tisbest giftcards ever since. They are great for all those people you know that have everything, and don't specificallty want anything. It is a gift to them that does so much good for others. I also started last year giving one to by two young nephews so they can learn about giving during the holiday season not just receiving. I am so glad I received a Tisbest gift card years ago it has changed my gifting ever since.

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TisBest Philanthropy 11/08/2012

Wonderful! How fantastic to hear that you enjoyed your gift card so much that you now give them to your family! Thank you so much for sharing your story.