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Nine Holiday Card Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

October 30, 2011

This holiday season your friends, family, clients, work colleagues, and major donors will likely be deluged with hundreds of tweets, status updates, and emails wishing them “Happy Holidays!” That’s the Web we all now live and work by, but this year a good old-fashioned holiday greeting with a hand-written note sent via snail mail would likely make a very strong impression – especially if the proceeds benefit a nonprofit. CardsThatGive.org aggregates some of the best holiday card programs offered by nonprofits, but some of my favorites and th0se most-recommended by the fans of the Nonprofit Organizations Facebook Page are listed below:

1. American Humane Association :: View Collection

Celebrate the season by sending cards that show your support of American Humane Association’s mission – to create a more humane and compassionate world by ending abuse and neglect of children and animals.

2. British Heart Foundation :: View Collection

Buy your holiday cards from the British Heart Foundation and 100% of the profit goes towards helping beat heart disease.

3. The Humane Society of the United States :: View Collection

The HSUS has a wide selection of beautiful Christmas and Holiday Cards, all showcasing those furry creatures we love so dear.

4. The Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ::  View Collection

This holiday season, show you care with cards that conquer cancer. There are several themes to choose from, but one underlying message: hope.

5. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Art Project :: View Collection

The Children’s Art Project began focuses on providing cheer and comfort for young cancer patients and helps fund college scholarships and educational programs that prepare patients for successful lives after cancer.

6. Museum of Modern Art :: View Collection

The MoMA offers a wide selection of colorful, innovative, award-winning holiday cards.

7. National Wildlife Federation :: View Collection

Featuring winter scenes America’s wildlife, your purchase helps fund vital conservation and education programs.

8. Operation Smile :: View Collection

You can help bring smiles to the faces of children around the world while at the same time spreading happiness to friends and loved-ones.

9. UNICEF :: View Collection

When you send UNICEF Christmas and holiday cards, you help bring hope, health and happiness to children around the world.

If your favorite nonprofit offers a holiday card program, please add a link to their online store in a comment below. Also, next week I’ll be posting a blog that feature some of the best holiday gift programs that also benefit nonprofits. Stay tuned!

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2011 9:45 am

    Thanks so much for featuring the HSUS holiday cards!

  2. November 1, 2011 9:15 am

    Hi, I wanted to let you know about another great holiday card program through Chevrolet called “Pictures of Hope”. “Pictures of Hope” is a trademarked national program founded and created by nationally recognized photojournalist and author Linda Solomon. In the program, Ms. Solomon provides homeless children a photography lesson and a (Chevrolet dealer-provided) camera to capture their hopes and dreams. She then turns a photo from each of the children’s photo shoots into a holiday greeting card which she sells on her website and through the Chevrolet dealerships throughout America. All of the proceeds of the card sales go directly back to the homeless shelter these children receive services from. This important self-esteem building program is life changing for the children. Through their heartfelt photos and words, children realize their “hopes and dreams” matter. More information can be found on Linda’s website: http://www.lindasolomonphotography.com/Programs/ (where cards will also be available for purchase soon.)

  3. November 1, 2011 12:07 pm

    Hi Heather —

    Paperworks Studio, a program of Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan, currently produces a line of handmade, recycled holiday cards (http://bit.ly/oHmPaU) produced by artists with disabilities and other disadvantages. The program allows the artists to gain valuable life and work skills, and obtain more independence in their lives. Revenues from the sales of the cards support Goodwill’s mission of helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work. A video highlighting some of the program participants who make the cards is available at http://youtu.be/xF8ocw9G5wE.

    Jenni Baker
    Senior Communications Specialist
    Goodwill Industries International

  4. November 2, 2011 7:13 am

    Imagine a cancer treatment without side effects! The Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation is researching…the world’s most promising cancer treatment!

    Your donation for a set of 12 holiday cards designed by kids of all ages from across the United States will help fund this innovative research.

  5. November 4, 2011 7:25 pm

    Thanks for posting! Another organization is May Institute, a national nonprofit that serves children and adults with autism, brain injury and other special needs. Our beautiful holiday cards are designed by kids and adults served at May programs.

    You can find them here: http://www.mayinstitute.org/give/cards.html

    100% of the proceeds of the cards support our programs and services, offered in 15 states. Thanks-

  6. November 6, 2011 3:49 am

    Nice collections.

  7. November 7, 2011 7:07 am

    Thanks for including MD Anderson!

  8. November 9, 2011 6:40 am

    Thanks for the great post!

    Viva – Together for Children is also offering a holiday card collection on its online shop. Our cards will support partners in the Middle East who provide some of the poorest communities with health care, education and improved living conditions. All the cards are made of wood pulp from sustainable forests. They are available at http://viva.ethictrade.com/christmas/christmas-cards.html

    Viva is an international organisation that is aims to see children at risk kept safe and healthy, given opportunities to learn and allowed the chance to play an active part in shaping their own futures. We believe that the best way to make this vision a reality is for people to work together, combining their skills, ideas, people and resources. (For more, go to viva.org)

    Thanks for letting me post this information!

  9. November 18, 2011 7:57 am

    I realized I never commented, but thank you so much for including us at the National Wildlife Federation! 🙂

  10. November 30, 2011 6:34 am

    Another great nonprofit that has national presence with fine art greeting cards is Courage Cards — http://www.couragecards.org. Many of the artists are people with disabilities and all proceeds benefit Courage Center a Minneapolis-based nonprofit whose mission is to empower people with disabilities to realize their full potential in every aspect of life.

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