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Regifting is a great way to add donations to a charity auction. But that’s only if you do it right. These are a few simple rules for regifting to charity.

New and Used. Unless the item is a rare antique, or highly collectible, a used item has zero appeal to most fundraising planners.  Gifts should be unused, in their original packaging. Donated autographed items should include a provenance. Gift cards should have the value and expiration date written in felt tip pen.
Personalized items a no-no. A book, jewelry, boxes and crystal inscribed with some thoughtful words on the inside cover will not do. If your name’s on it anywhere,don’t regift it.

Charity is a reason. The most important rule of regifting is the central rule of all gifting – have a reason for giving what you give. Giving any gift just for the sake of giving it undermines the joy of giving. Only regift something that people will want to win in a raffle or bid on in the silent auction. You can even regift high value items, like fine art, 



Bruce Weinstein, the author of Ethical Intelligence, says "regifting is a practice he calls “benevolent deception” and a moral obligation, at least from an environmental standpoint. Weinstein says, "We have limited resources on the planet. Who would object to reduce, reuse and recycle as a general principle? If you get something that can benefit others, it would be wrong not to give it to them."

Regift to Charity hang tags.

Always write the name of the donor on the back of the hang tag. Hang tags should be large and noticeable. Eventually your guests will catch on and naturally regift to your organizations. Regifted items are displayed with pride. Regifted new items are also great for filling a prize table for raffles and drawings. Remember every time we interact with a donor, whatever the gift, we are building relationships and profits. Start a regifting campaign today.


Regift to Charity Printable flyer for procurement team.

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