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What do I get when I purchase a Gift for Life charity gift?
After you purchase a gift, we send you an e-card with a description of the gift and its impact on a family in the developing world. The price of the gift is not included on the card, so you can give it to your friend, colleague or loved one. We’ll also send you a tax-deductible receipt for any amount over $5. That means you’ll get back 33% of the money you gave us!
Each e-card has a picture of the gift and a story of its impact on a family in the developing world and there is space to write your own message. Once you enter the recipient’s e-mail as well as your own, the card is automatically sent to their e-mail address. Attached with the e-card is a printable PDF which they can fold into a card shape.
Are some gifts better than others?
We don’t consider any one gift to be better than others. The project that your donation goes to has been selected to meet critical needs. Each gift is valuable and we want you to feel free to choose.
What happens if a gift is fully funded?
Should the number of items sold exceed the amount needed for a project, Tearfund will redirect donations to where they are needed most. But don’t stress! You’ll still receive a card for the gift you originally purchased.
Are animals treated well in developing countries?
The feedback we regularly receive from our programmes team who work in the communities is that animals are not mistreated. In fact, they are a seen as a vital part of their livelihood and treasured gifts. "Animals are often the main source of family income in rural developing communities and thus are usually treated with high regard and respect. The animal's owner is totally aware that the animal is hugely significant in terms of helping provide a livelihood and so making sure animals are well cared for is given high priority."
Kevin Riddell, Programmes officer, Tearfund.
Can I trace which family my gift goes to in the developing?
Unfortunately, no. When you purchase a Gift for Life, your donation goes toward the project, which includes giving out the gift you’ve selected. We do receive stories from our partners of families who have been blessed as a result of the programme, but we are not able to trace each individual who is benefitted through our Gift for Life programme.
How can I get more information on the projects these gifts support?
For more information regarding the projects featured in Gift for Life please contact Tearfund on 0800 800 777 or email email@example.com
I sponsor a child, can I send the child I sponsor a Gift for Life?
We can't send Gift for Life presents to sponsored children, however we can send special gifts to them through Compassion instead. If you would like to send a gift to the child you sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send through a donation with details of the child you sponsor to Tearfund. We will then be sure your gift makes it to your child.
Can I make an order for my clients or employees?
Yes! We'll send your client, customer or employee a beautifully designed and printed card with your company’s logo* and a personal message from you along with an explanation of the gift and the impact it will have on people around the world.
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*On orders $250 or more.
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How do I order?
It's easy! You can order items from our unique gift catalogue by phone or online.
Start Shopping using the button below, or call us on 0800 800 777.
How long does it take for an e-card to be delivered?
E-cards are sent as soon as the order has been finalised and payment has been authorised. They should arrive within a few minutes, however, internet traffic and many other factors can sometimes delay delivery. You will be sent a confirmation of your e-card order. If you have made an error on the delivery address for your e-card the email should be returned to the sender address you entered. You will then need to resend the e-card to the correct recipient’s address.
How long does it take for my physical card to be delivered?
Depending on which option you select at check out, courier can take up to 2 to 5 days otherwise approximately 2 weeks in other instances.
Will my Gift for Life card be delivered directly to my friend or relative?
When you order an e-card it can be sent directly to your friend and there is space to include a message.
How does it work? And where does my money go?
When you buy a Gift for Life, your donation goes to our overseas partner. This allows them to help the poorest and most vulnerable in the communities they work in, which includes giving families and individuals the gift you’ve selected. For example, when you buy a coffee plant, the money goes to our partners who provide coffee plants in Vanuatu. A donation like this will help provide plants and training in agricultural processes and income generation to vulnerable families in Vanuatu.
Should the number of items sold exceed the amount needed for a project in total, Tearfund will redirect donations where they are needed most. But don’t stress! You’ll still receive a card for the gift you originally purchased.
How do I know my money gets there?
Tearfund regularly audits its projects and partners, and we in turn are audited by external auditors and in some cases by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We not only audit that the money gets to the intended partner and project but we also audit how effective the money given is being used and how it is impacting the communities and individuals involved.
How much of my donation reaches the project?
Approximately 70% of your donation will reach the project. We are continually endeavouring to reduce the cost of our operations so that we can make the biggest impact possible. If you would further information or a copy of Tearfund’s audited financial accounts please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Are Gift for Life purchases tax-deductible?
Yes. Because we are a registered charity, when you purchase a Gift for Life or make any donation of $5 or above, you can expect to receive a tax-deductible receipt at the end of the tax year in April.
Can I have a receipt made out to the person receiving the card?
Sorry, no. The money received is a donation to Tearfund so the donor must receive the receipt.