The Charity Vouchers service started in 2002. It is run by Anglia Giving, a non-profit company (Limited by Guarantee) specifically set up to run the service, for good causes across the UK.
Charity Vouchers were originally conceived and publicised by us, back in the late 1980s under the name ‘Charity Gift Tokens’. The idea is very simple; Charity Vouchers let people buy, and then give, charitable donations as gifts which the recipients then donate to any charity of their choice.
A charity gift voucher has the great benefit of letting the recipient of the gift select a charity of their own choice. This means that it actively involves the recipient in the donation and makes it a really enjoyable and rewarding gift to receive.
Charity gift vouchers are a thoughtful and ‘green’ gift in that they generate little waste and don’t clutter our lives with trivial small gifts that may go unappreciated and unused and which take up valuable resources to manufacture, store and eventually dispose of. They’re also that bit different so you don’t have to give yet another bottle of wine, novelty item, scarf or box of chocolates!
And, of course, the point of Charity Vouchers is that they do raise valuable funds for charities, and not just the larger ones that can afford expensive advertising and marketing promotions. A Charity Voucher can be used to support major national charities or it can redeemed with the smallest, the most specialised or the most local charity… just as the recipient chooses.