Where to Donate Gift Cards


Now who doesn’t like getting a gift card? It’s an awesome opportunity to spend money on places you either love or places you sometimes wouldn’t normally go. Whether you’re treating yourself or your family, sometimes gift cards go unused or small dollar amounts are left on them. Ever build a stash of gift cards that expire or that are for places that you just don’t have the time to go to? Wonder what to do with them? You get my drift here—donate those cards!

Now here’s something cool. Donating your gift cards is as easy as using Zealous Good. Our simple donation-matching process lets you both donate items easily and pick the charity you wish to give to. If you don’t live in Chicago, here are three organizations that you could donate to today:

Best Buddies International 

Best Buddies is a great non-profit that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded over 20 years ago by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, the foundation helps people with IDD live awesome, independent lives at school or in society. Best Buddies clubs all over the country hold events for these awesome superstars. Whether it be a fundraising gala or a holiday celebration at a Best Buddies club on a high school or college campus, gift cards could be used as awesome prizes or giveaways.

Visit Best Buddies International for more information today!

High Schools

Kids love receiving small prizes in elementary schools but what kind of small tokens of appreciation do you give high school teenagers? An unused gift card to a local coffee shop, a fast food joint, or the coolest shop at the mall, could really be a totally rad gift! Donate your gift cards to high schools today!

Look up your local school district online.

Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, Temples, etc.

Religious centers will know exactly what to do with your gift cards. They will figure out exactly where to disperse them—either to homeless shelters, families in need, battered women centers or many others. Donate your gift cards to religious centers and know it’s being sent to someone who needs it.

Search for the closest religious center near you online.

So, whether you donate through Zealous Good or to these other awesome options, your gift cards can truly make someone’s day. With so many ways to make an impact, why wait? Donate today!

Vince Nava is a 2013 marketing intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Vince on Google+, on Twitter at @vincenava or Zealous Good on Facebook and on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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