Holiday For Charity 2013

December 2, 2013 on 9:09 am | In Cause Marketing, Charitable Giving, Charity, Harry Hoover, Holiday For Charity, My Creative Team | No Comments


How much do you really need this Christmas? I am serious. I want you to think about what you have and what you really need. Perhaps there is a better way to celebrate this year that doesn’t require you to receive gifts.

Don’t get me wrong – I am pro-capitalism. But I think that Americans should be giving at least as much to charity as they are spending on holiday gifts. So, we started a program called Holiday For Charity in 2002, and once again My Creative Team is promoting the program that provides some simple ways to help the less fortunate.

The number one thing you can do is ask friends, family and business associates to donate to charity instead of buying you gifts. Here’s why: a lot of people would donate to charity in someone’s name but they don’t feel right doing it unless they have that person’s approval. So, give them your OK and help someone who needs it more than you need a Christmas gift.

I give you permission to donate to charity instead of buying me a gift. My two favorite charities are JDRF and National Autism Association.

Here are some other ways you can participate in Holiday For Charity:

  • offer to perform volunteer work in lieu of buying holiday gifts
  • donate directly to charity in lieu of buying holiday gifts for clients and customers
  • use as a starting point for your holiday shopping.  Each time someone clicks through from Goodshop to one of the 2,800 plus participating stores (including Amazon, Target, Toys R Us, Sephora, Macy’s PetCo and more), an average of 4% of the purchase price is donated to the shopper’s favorite cause (at no cost to them!). Plus, has over 100,000 coupons so users can save money while giving back.
  • or, register and shop at, whose merchants donate a portion of each transaction to the charities of your choice
  • use  Each time someone searches the internet with Goodsearch (powered by Yahoo!), about a penny is raised for the charity or school of their choice!  You use it exactly as you would any other search engine
  • register with Each time someone dines at more than 10,000 restaurants across the country, up to 6% of the cost of the meal is donated to the diner’s favorite cause.

Before you give to a charity, check them out on Charity Navigator. Please share this post, and let us know if you are participating.

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Harry Hoover

Partner ♦ Brand Strategist ♦ Creativity Facilitator at My Creative Team
Harry Hoover is a partner in My Creative Team, the agency that makes Fortune 1000 clients look good. His communications career spans 35 years and runs the gamut from print and broadcast journalism, government and corporate communications to advertising and public relations agencies. He is the author of Moving to Charlotte: The Un-Tourist Guide.

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