Charitable Giving

Having a wedding ceremony, but looking for some creative options to replace the traditional wedding registry? Now you can support organizations through charitable giving like the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal by registering with the I Do Foundation.

From honeymoons to invitations to wedding gifts to charitable wedding favors, the I Do Foundation allows couples and their guests to make wedding-related purchases that generate donations for charity. The I Do Foundation’s Charity Registry service also makes it easy for guests to make donations in lieu of gifts. All of these services are available free of cost.

Thinking about giving back to charity as part of your celebration?

Choosing your charity can be a great conversation starter with you and your partner. A discussion about what charities you’d like to support will touch on what matters most to you and the values you’d like to make a part of your family.

Questions to ask:

* What are some of the issues that matter most to us?

* What kind of impact do we wish to have with our donations – local, state, national, or international?

* Do we see philanthropy as an ongoing part of our lives together? Do we envision making service a part of our family’s lifestyle?

* What do we want our wedding to say about us and our priorities? How will our charitable choice reflect those values?

* What are the important parts of our daily lives that we want to incorporate into our wedding day?

* What’s most important to us about making this commitment to each other? How can our charitable choice help us keep those priorities front and center?

As you and your partner consider your charities, you may wish to check out the following resources to ensure that your donations go to support effective nonprofits.

Charity Navigator

Just Give

Network for Good

I Do Foundation

Check it out today, and be sure to give back to organizations which support same sex marriage rights! GayWeddings.com recommends that you consider the Human Rights Campaign or Lambda Legal as the beneficiary of your charitable wedding.

Lambda Legal

120 Wall Street, Suite 1500

New York, NY 10005

(212) 809-8585

Year Founded: 1973

EIN: 23-7395681

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, the transgendered, and people with HIV or AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

Whether it’s making a future with your partner or making the grade at school, Lambda Legal leads the fight so all of us can live our lives and pursue our dreams without having to face barriers because we’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or have HIV.

Lambda Legal pursues litigation in all parts of the country, in every area of the law that affects communities we represent, such as discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and the military; HIV-related discrimination and public policy issues; parenting and relationship issues; equal marriage rights; equal employment and domestic partnership benefits; “sodomy” law challenges; immigration issues; antigay initiatives; and free speech and equal protection rights.

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Support Lambda Legal through the I Do Foundation’s programs

Human Rights Campaign Foundation

1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 628-4160

Year Founded: 1986

EIN: 52-1481896

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

The Human Rights Campaign envisions an America where GLBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. HRC has close to 600,000 members — all committed to making this vision of equality a reality.

Founded in 1980, HRC effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support to fair-minded candidates, and works to educate the public on a wide array of topics affecting GLBT Americans, including relationship recognition, workplace, family, and health issues. The HRC Foundation — an HRC-affiliated organization — engages in research and provides public education and programming.

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Support HRC Foundation through the I Do Foundation’s programs

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