Is a Donation to Your Favorite Charity on Your Holiday Wish List?

3 Helpful tips on how to make your donation exchange a reality.

If you’ve decided to skip those holiday trinkets you get from your friends and family and would rather have a donation made to your favorite charity, here are some helpful tips on how to bring back the meaning of giving this holiday season.


Choose your TOP 3 charities and explain why each of them are meaningful to you and the work they do in the community. Then share via email, or include in your annual holiday card along with a message stating you’d like to do a donation exchange instead of the traditional gift giving (Include websites or mailing addresses of the named charities).


Use your social media channels to reach out to your loved ones. Facebook Fundraisers is brand new this year and is partnering with non-profits to create an even bigger impact in communities. Facebook is waiving their fees, so 100% of donations made through Facebook will go directly to the organizations. Facebook Fundraisers are easy to set up, secure and user-friendly. Learn how to set up your Facebook Fundraiser today!


If you don’t have a particular cause in mind and would like to learn about legitimate charities, make sure to visit Charity Navigator or the IRS website. This will help you find secure and verified organizations and learn about all the great work they’re doing around the world.

Avoid the long lines and unnecessary stress of buying a gift this holiday season and make sure to check out our 7 Tips for Charitable Giving During the Holiday Season. If you have any suggestions or would like to share with us your experience of the donation exchange make sure to let us know!

On behalf of the Susan G. Komen San Diego Team, we’d like to thank each and every one of our generous donors who have supported us. Thank you for giving the gift of hope. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!


Susan G. Komen San Diego is the only organization in San Diego County that exclusively addresses the fight against breast cancer on all levels. We have one clear mission: saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. We study San Diego County every four years to formulate our community profile, which informs us of the gaps in breast cancer care and the barriers to health access. Komen San Diego then provides the community with breast health services to fill the gap and increase access to early detection and quality treatment. Learn more about the services and research we fund.