5 Best Friend Funding Campaigns in 2016

Back in December, we celebrated 5 of our favorite friend funding campaigns. These were stories of people whose friends and family had come together to give them unforgettable gifts—stories that have continued to inspire us to stay generous, and stay grateful for the people in our communities.  Now, it’s time to take another look back

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Moms Tell Us What They REALLY Want for Mother’s Day 2016

It’s easy to perform a Google or Pinterest search for amazing Mother’s Day gifts, and find idea after idea after idea. Still, even with all those well-intentioned ideas, it’s difficult to pin down a gift you’re confident will make Mom feel loved and appreciated.  This year, we’ve done the work of asking moms themselves what

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10 Great Escapes You Can Gift To Someone Special in 2016

We’ve curated a list of 10 great escapes you can gift someone special – a list for the gift giver in 2016.  Not all gifts come in bags or boxes wrapped with shiny paper and a pretty bow—some of the best, most unforgettable gifts come in the form of experiences! If there’s someone in your

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7 Tips for an Amazing Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

It’s 2016, and bachelor and bachelorette parties have gone through quite a few evolutions in the past few years. Firefighters with velcro, break-away pants and a boombox aren’t every bachelorette’s cup of tea, and not every bachelor would consider a 2 A.M. bar crawl a good time. If you want to be sure you’re throwing your friend

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5 Gifts For The Spring Cleaning Fanatic

We all know someone who transforms into Mr. or Ms. Clean every Spring. There’s no way you can talk them out of Spring cleaning, but there may be a way you can help by giving your meticulous friend the perfect gift.  Give them one less thing to worry about. Roomba® 650 Vacuum The iRobot® Roomba®

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7 Great Gifts to Give With Your Tax Refund

Giving is a universal symbol of love and gratitude – and we all know someone who deserves a little extra love and gratitude from time to time. If you have been fortunate enough to receive a tax refund from Uncle Sam this year, share the joy by paying it forward. Tax season is the perfect

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Top Mother’s Day Gifts 2016 – From Yawn to WOW!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – again. And just like last Mother’s Day, you may be racking your brain trying to think of a unique gift to give. You may have found that even an easy-to-please mother gets bored with traditional gifts year after year. And if she has more than one child,

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5 Tips for Teaching Your Child Generosity

GiftStarter is the only crowdfunding platform online with a focus on the giving experience. That’s because we’re about so much more than collecting funds: we’re about helping Givers use the act of giving to inspire and encourage their communities.

Many of our Givers with young children are interested in learning how to instill their passion for giving in their kids as well. We get it! With several members of the GiftStarter team being both passionate Givers and parents themselves, we’re always on the lookout for clever ways to teach our kids about being generous, and why it matters.

So, what can you do to help create Givers out of your kids?

teaching your child generosity

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7 Fundraising Ideas for School Clubs That Actually Work

Down with boring bake sales! Just say, “No!” to hawking magazine subscriptions door-to-door. Your school club needs some fundraising ideas that get everyone excited, and that actually work. Here are 7 tried-and-true fundraising ideas that work, are easy, entertaining, and will encourage participation from your whole school, every time. 7 Fundraising Ideas That Work 1. Kidnap the Teacher

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The Origin of Mother’s Day and Why We Give

Maybe you’ve heard this before: “Mother’s Day—it’s just a meaningless, corporate holiday. Why celebrate it? We should show love to our mothers everyday!” Well, the cynics may have one thing right: we absolutely should show our hardworking, adoring mothers our appreciation for them every day of the year. But is Mother’s Day really nothing but a “corporate holiday” invented

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