Charity Checks




Charity Checks: Give the Joy of Giving

What are Charity Checks?

UNIVERSAL -- ANY charity can redeem them for cash

CHARITABLE -- ALL the money goes to the charity of your choice, which can be any U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

GIVING -- Share and Teach the Joy of Giving

CERTIFICATES -- Handsome document, the PERFECT present

Charity Checks' Giving Certificates allow consumers to shop from home, save on taxes, and give a present that’s redeemable as a donation to any of 1,500,000 IRS-qualified charities across the country.

Here’s how it works: Say you decide to order Giving Certificates for ten friends, and you want to give each one a $50 Charity Check. You get a $500 tax deduction and each of your friends receives $50 to give to his or her favorite cause. In the pilot program, Scott Cook, co-Founder of Intuit (the maker of Quicken software), purchased Charity Checks for his 42 Vice-Presidents. He chose the amount of the donation, but his employees were free to select the cause or charity that benefited from his tax-deductible gift.


A valuable new tool for personal or business philanthropy, Charity Checks are the brainchild of the husband-and-wife team Victor Dorff, a journalist and educator, and Lisa Sonne, a documentary film producer and magazine writer.

"You give them to the people you care about," says Dorff, "and the recipients give them to the causes they want to help — relief funds, soup kitchens, local symphonies, national literacy programs, hospitals, and public television, just to name a few. The giver of a Charity Check receives the tax-deduction, but the receivers enjoy the opportunity to make a contribution of their own choosing."

"Gift certificates can buy goods. Giving Certificates can do good," said Sonne. "Whether a company is sponsoring a classroom of kids or using Charity Checks as employee benefits, and whether an individual is giving them as gifts or using them as part of a personal philanthropy program, people are determining what they care about... and making a difference."

The Board of Directors 

Judith Barker
Victor Dorff (co-founder)
Gary Marenzi
Bonnie Olson
Michele Rosen
Margaret Smith
Lisa Sonne (co-founder)
Marsha Robertson Young

Why are there CHARITY CHECKS?

To help -- by encouraging charitable giving on all levels

To learn -- how quickly people embrace the chance to give

To grow -- for the benefit of all who want to help others

To teach -- the joy of giving to anyone who doesn't know