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Changing the Present This Father’s Day

Last night my daughter said that she was going to make me an anniversary present and a Father’s Day present. Next week I will have been married 15 years. Wow. I told her to go ahead with the anniversary present but she could skip the Father’s Day thing — I am just not that into Hallmark Holidays.

If you are used to buying your dad a tie or otherwise looking for some thing to buy for Father’s Day, I have a better idea. Give the gift of philanthropy. is a new website that tries to package opportunities for philanthropy into gift-sized bites. They send the recipient a card, and their fees — for processing the donation — are very low, less than 4% (which is basically as low as most nonprofits would pay to process donations directly.)

Here’s their blurb on Father’s Day:

This year, why not honor your father with a gift that will change the world?, offers thousands of opportunities from hundreds of leading nonprofits, so you’re sure to find something that moves him. For instance:

If Dad’s a sports fan, you can de-mine a sports field, so kids in war-torn regions can play.
If he’s passionate about fighting cancer, you can honor him by funding an hour of important research.

If he’s a gardener, you can preserve an entire acre of the rainforest in his name.

If your father spent hours reading to you as a child, together you can make a real difference in another child’s life by giving him his first book.

Personalized Father’s Day greeting cards include the cover photo of your choice, a photo and description of the donation gift you have chosen, and your personal message.

Just remember, for arrival by Father’s Day, please order your donation gift and greeting card by this Thursday, June 7th by 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Click here to begin is the website of ImportantGifts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations made on the site are tax-deductible.

To find out how your favorite nonprofit can get involved, click here:

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