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It’s the gift of giving!

And it’s a practically perfect gift too, because:

  1. If you select the printable/e-card option, it can be as last minute as you like (less than nine days till Christmas!).
  2. Your music teacher already has enough tchochkes.

Today’s music gift is the gift of charity, courtesy of charitygiftcertificates.org. This nifty site allows you to donate between $5 and $5,000 to the charity pool, give the recipient a gift certificate, and allow them to choose what charity gets the money. For an extra five bucks shipping you can have actual plastic cards sent, but e-cards and printable certificates are instant.

Although your giftee can select up to three of over a hundred charities to distribute the money amongst, you are permitted to make a suggestion. For your music lover, you might try the Metropolitan Opera Association, the Sphinx Organization (which was founded to “help overcome the cultural stereotype of classical music, and to encourage the participation of Blacks and Latinos in the field”), or the Public Broadcasting System, all of which are part of the web site’s program.

However, you needn’t be limited by these hundred or so charities. You can always yank the autonomy out of the experience and make the decision yourself! Just roam around the web site of your favorite organization and if the webmaster is worth his salt you’ll run into a donation page in no time flat. I’ve yet to encounter a music organization that won’t cheerfully let you donate money in the name of anybody you wish. Heck, the BSO’ll do it.

Incidentally, tomorrow I’ll be doing a post on a favorite BSO project that you might find worth your money, Music Matters. Stay tuned! (Get it? Stay tu… never mind.)

About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


One thought on “It’s the gift of giving!

  1. Great ideas! Another charity gift card option is TisBest Philanthropy (www.tisbest.org). Their cards are instantly customizable. Add a photo of your family, your pet, your favorite cello. The photo prints right on the plastic card, as well as a print-your-own or e-card. It’s a terrific site!

    Posted by Jon Siegel | December 16, 2009, 6:40 pm

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