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The season of giving has arrived and according to the 2010 Cone Holiday Trend Tracker, half (49%) of Americans intend to purchase a gift that supports a cause this year. Network for Good is seeing this trend play out with consumers and companies choosing to give the gift of charity with The Good Card® this holiday season. The Good Card® is a gift card with stored value that can be redeemed as a donation to any of more 1.2 million charities.
Trends we’re seeing:
Consumer Sales Up: Post-Thanksgiving (Black Friday through Cyber Monday) consumer Good Card® sales through www.networkforgood.org were up 62% versus the same period in 2009. The average gift card value rose 27% to $51.50.
Companies Reward with Charity: More companies are giving the gift of charity to consumers and employees this holiday season. Corporate Good Card® sales for November and December 2010 are up over 151% versus the same period in 2009. In addition, many companies who ordered Good Cards in 2009 are choosing to create gift card campaigns again this year.
Charity suitable for all: Charity gift cards are ideal this holiday season because they are a fitting gift for a variety of recipients and allow recipients to choose a cause that matters to them. In fact, we are seeing individuals order 3-5 cards per transaction, which is up from 2-3 cards per order in 2009.
Even actor and musician Kevin Bacon likes charity gift cards and promotes them on his charitable initiative SixDegrees.org. You can watch what he and other Good Card fans have to say about giving the gift of charity at http://www.sixdegrees.org/goodcards.
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