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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

48 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!!

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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.

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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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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.

2 Ronald W.

Donor

Rating: 5

very easy user interface. quality navigational menus and links.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

TisBest is an easy, efficient and flexible way to gift money to younger nephews and nieces and children. I use every year at birthdays and Christmas time. TisBest is a more meaningful gift than cash or check. It makes young people think about charitable giving and what is important to them. Highly recommended.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love giving Tis Best gift cards, and recipients have commented on what a cool idea it is. It's great that you can use your own picture on the cards.

1

Donor

Rating: 4

I used these as gifts. I gift my grandchildren the following for Christmas: An item of clothing they need, a small gift that they may want and a charity gift card for them to choose what charity they want to give to. It helps with the lesson of Christmas and allows grandchildren to THINK about all the needs in the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The girl I used to babysit for graduated from architecture school and I wanted to give her a special gift. She didn't need anything to help start her new life so I thought about what helped make the transition real for me from student to adult and what came to mind immediately was when I donated to my first nonprofit organization. I did some research and found TisBest and thought it was so cool that I could design my own donation card. I used a photo from her architecture portfolio and everyone at the party thought it was the perfect gift for a young woman who was known throughout her college for her charitable work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

TisBest is an extraordinary idea -- it allows us to give gifts that are meaningful and unique. My son and I gave TisBest gift cards to all of his teachers, administrators, etc at the end of the school year and they were a huge hit! So many of the recipients told us how much they enjoyed choosing their favorite charity and why they chose them. The gift cards were very well received and seemed to make the recipient feel great, us feel great, AND the money went to a great cause. It's a win-win-win! I have shared this gem with so many people. We will certainly be doing this again!

1 Ali_6

Donor

Rating: 4

I give TisBest gift cards to my niece and nephew for Christmas every year. It's a great way for kids to learn about giving, and allows them to choose the charity they want to support. It sparks great discussions and is fun for them. TisBest has a wide variety of charities and seems to be adding more all the time, so recipients have lots of charity choices in a variety of categories.

1 KyleDeming

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such an excellent idea. In addition to regular gifts, I always give a charity gift card to all of my family members during Christmas, birthdays, etc. They love the opportunity to give and it's opened their eyes to excellent charities that are doing excellent work. I am a huge fan of TisBest.

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Donor

Rating: 5

TisBest has a great approach. Their model expands the total pool of charitable giving by converting dollars that would normally be spent on other things (gift money) into charitable donations that can go towards extremely good causes. Since most people have separate mental categories for "gifts" vs. "charitable giving" - I think that TisBest is doing a great job to increase the total amount of funds available to the excellent nonprofits they support.

The site is also a joy to use. I really like the ability to create custom charity cards because that can add a special personalized touch to make the gift much more impactful.

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TisBest Philanthropy 11/02/2012

We're so glad you love creating custom cards, Kyle! That's definitely one of our favorite features, as well.

2 Lenin N.

Donor

Rating: 5

Im a teacher and I received a gift card to donate to TisBest. I just made my donations and I have to say that this is one of the best gifts I have ever received, the gift to help others ! Thanks to that special family for this amazing present.

Donor

Rating: 5

We sent TisBest cards to my parents for Christmas, and they loved them. A simple, meaningful gift that is deeply memorable.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great gift to give. We have used them for Christmas gifts (of course) as well as weddings, birthdays, hostess gifts, anniversaries, even bereavements. People are always appreciative. I really like the plastic cards. they are very high quality and I have always received them quickly.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My go to spot for birthday, anniversary, and holiday gifts! I am able to give to another and that person can do the same. What can be better? The perfect gift for that hard to buy person.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have always used TisBest as my go to gift center. TisBest is an easy and safe way to give a great gift to my friends, family, and co-workers who seem to have it all. This way they can decide exactly what charity they would like to give to. Everyone wins!

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TisBest Philanthropy 11/04/2012

Everybody does win, we agree! Thank you so much for your support!