But, there are two things to we can take seriously about this episode:
- Giving gifts to nonprofit organizations "in honor of" coworkers, friends, extended relatives, clients, vendors, etc. is a great idea! You give a double gift, especially if you tailor the gift to something personal about the honoree.
- It is important to do your homework. You would hate to to find out, like Mr. Kruger did, that there was a problem with the charity you've supported financially. A great starting point is Guidestar. (Check out Nicole's previous post here.) Those organizations with the Guidestar Exchange Seal have demonstrated a commitment to transparency. Talk with your honoree to find out if there are causes and organizations close to her heart that she already supports. Talk with your local community foundation or United Way (find them by clicking on the links) to learn about outstanding organizations in your honoree's hometown. If you have the time, volunteer at the honoree's organization to learn more about why your friend is connected.