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Making the Season Bright: YWCA Tribute Giving

In recent years, my holiday giving has changed. I still sit down in November and make a list. I’m a big list maker. But now some names on my list are receiving different kinds of gifts from me.

I have discovered tribute gifts as a giving option for some of the special people on my list.

I still remember the first tribute gift I received several years ago. A new friend and colleague at work had made a donation to an overseas charity in my name, and notified me of this special gift in a holiday greeting card. It was the most perfect gift. I was so happy to learn a little more about my friend and her interests, I appreciated her for giving to this great mission in my name, and it opened my eyes to a new organization that I had not been familiar with.

There are several great reasons that a tribute gift might be perfect for a person on your list.

Tribute gifts are a way to draw you and your special person closer together and say “I care.” In choosing a charitable organization that is close to your heart, or a cause that is special to your friend, you are showing your person how important they are to you and inviting them to share this interest with you.

Tribute gifts are always the perfect fit. Instead of trying to estimate clothing sizes, guess at home decor preferences, remember book titles, or determine whether a bottle of wine would be suitable or not, you’re choosing a way to give that is unquestionably fitting, needed, and wanted. It’s lovely for recognizing co-workers and clients.

Tribute gifts are a breeze to send long distance. Many charitable organizations will provide giving options and notify your loved one about the gift you have made in their name. Online giving makes this all even simpler. Your friend will receive a simple mailed or e-mailed notice from the charity that can include a personalized message from you.

And tribute gifts are a way to give a truly meaningful gift that is a blessing to an individual or family in need. You and your friend will both experience the joy and gratitude of giving. It will be a memorable gift that stands out during a season of bounty and consumption.

To make a holiday tribute gift to YWCA Saskatoon in honour of a loved one, visit www.ywcasaskatoon.com and click “Donate Now.”