In January of 2013, we made the decision to streamline the way that Gift Card Giver operates. This sleeker more efficient way of working the project has meant a little less communication here on the website, but behind the scenes, we are still here and cards continue to come in each and every week from people all over the country! In short, keep them coming! We love seeing them put to use helping others. Below are some details about how we currently operate, which is almost entirely accomplished through volunteer efforts. (YAY! for our wonderful Gift Card Giver friends)
How do I apply to receive cards or nominate someone in need?
If you know of a need from a person or organization, please answer the following questions and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of person nominating:
Organization/Individual in need:
Address (where cards should be sent):
What is the need of the organization or individual?
Name 2 kinds of gift cards that would help this organization***. (Ex: Starbucks, AMC Theatre)
What specifically will the gift card money be used for?
How much money in gift cards are you asking for (note: we usually give donations less than $500)?
Has Gift Card Giver donated cards to you this year?
Please give 2 references for your request and contact info, so we can research.
***We run out Target and Walmart cards the fastest, so if they are what you need, please also list a few other types of cards that could help you in case we are all out of Target or Walmart.
Once the completed forms are emailed to Gift Card Giver, we have a committee of people who check references, and look over the applications twice per year in June and December, we then determine if we have the needed gift cards, and if they are approved and we have what they need, we fill the need! (See below for more details)
How do I send Gift Cards to Gift Card Giver?
Same as before. Simply stick them in an envelope and drop them in the mail to Gift Card Giver, PO BOX 17920 Atlanta, GA 30316
What if I want to do more and share the idea of collecting cards with some of my friends, colleagues, neighbors, or relatives?
We love when people want to host events to share the idea behind Gift Card Giver. This can be done in several ways:
- Email, tweet, or post on social media sites about the idea and encourage others to send in their cards. Offer to send their cards with yours if possible.
- Request a Giving Jar and offer to be a Card Shark.
- Host a party where everyone gets “carded” at the door. We can send you a party pack with tips and prizes and a collection jar, just email email@example.com with your party date and an address to send your kit.
Can I designate a person or non-profit to receive cards from my collection event?
In the past we allowed card event hosts to designate a charity to receive the funds they collected. We used our inventory like a bank and swapped dollar for dollar the cards that were collected at the event for cards their designated charity could use. However, given what the needs of the designated charity were and the current stock of cards in the inventory some charities had to wait many months before enough cards were donated to fulfill the amount that was designated. You may still designate cards, but before your event we discuss what cards the receiving person or charity can use and we suggest that you advertise their needs at your event. Many guests at card events buy fully loaded cards just for your event and it helps to tell them what you need. After the event, we total up all the cards collected and send to the designated charity the cards they said they could use. If at that time we have additional cards in our inventory to those same locations, we’ll send them along to (up to 80% of the total collected). However the final amount that your designated charity receives will depend on what is available at that time as well as how many cards collected at the event were to locations they can use.
Another option is to nominate your favorite charity or person you know who is in need and we will review their request and grant cards separately from your collection event.
How are gift cards granted?
In order to maximize our ability to send cards, we now grant cards twice per year at events we call Giving Days. We hold these in June and December. Card requests made between December and May are reviewed in early June and we send cards to the requests we can approve. Requests from June-November are reviewed in early December and again we send what we can approve.
Occasionally an urgent or emergent need comes to our attention and we evaluate those requests on an individual basis and help if we have the cards at that time to support the need.
Thanks again for all your support of the project and your enthusiasm. What we are continuing to do is the result of people like you being interested, inspired, and committed to the project.