Give Thanks, GiveBack

As we approach the holiday season, amidst the chaos, I tend to reflect about the things I’m thankful for, the things I can’t wait to put behind me and the things I’m looking forward to in the new year.

We recently connected with the folks at a new site called that helps anyone set up their own personal giving foundation and organizes everything in one place.

Here’s a quick video about how it works:

Stephen Paletta Oprah WinfreyThe site was founded by Stephen Paletta who won $1 million dollars on the TV show Oprah’s Big Give in 2008 and was charged to give it away. (No pressure there, eh?) As a result of this process,  he and his team created an easy way for ANYONE to set up their own charitable giving foundation.  They’ve developed a really simple, organized (& free) was to manage your charitable giving whatever the level.

  • You create your ‘foundation’ easily by registering via Facebook Connect or by name and email.
  • You select and  ‘follow’ the charities that you’re interested in by dragging them into your Charity ‘tool bar’.
  • Then, whenever you desire, you can make a donation to any officially recognized U.S. charity.
  • Then, at the end of the year, they provide one tax deduction document for you to use.  (Ah, a nice change from scrounging for receipts in my make-shift filing system at home.)

What I really love is that 100% of your donation goes to the charity of your choice.


Sorry to ‘shout’ but we’re coming up on the dreaded Black Friday and Cyber-Monday and you may be planning in to partake in a little online shopping.

If so, why not do it from your GiveBack account via to the hundreds of retailers on GiveBack’s shopping site.  This way, you get your purchase anyway but you also get up to 15% of your purchase back into your GiveBack foundation so that you can donate it.  FTW!

To get some first-hand accounts, check out what Isabel Kallman from Alpha Mom, Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom, Liz Gumbinner from Mom 101 and Allison Worthington from Blissfully Domestic wrote about their recent experience with GiveBack.

So, why not sign up now (they’ll even put $5 in your account to get you started) and post a comment letting us know that you registered.  Now, through December 31, 2010, GiveBack will be selecting one account per day to match the donations up to $100.  Since they just got started at the beginning of the month, I’d say your odds are pretty good (for now) so what are you waiting for? 

Give thanks and GiveBack.

Have you opened your personal giving foundation yet?


  1. Thanks for letting us know about this! GiveBack is a pretty neat site concept, and I’ve signed up for an account (and added my favorite few charities).

  2. I’m excited about this and am so thankful that I won the grand prize from the twitter party the other night!

  3. What a wonderful way to give back!! Thanks

  4. Thanks for this awesome chance to support the charities we believe in! I’ve signed up for an account and shared

  5. I have set up my account and going to share now. Thanks for doing this it is an awesome idea.

  6. I signed up! And added a charity to my account!! Such an awesome concept!

  7. I posted on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve got my account set up, shared it with a blog post, shared it with facebook and shared it with twitter. Love this idea. Cannot wait to start donating in a more organized fashion!

  8. This is a super neat campaign, and I was pleasantly surprised to find my favorite (smallish) charity was listed! I’ll be writing my blog post soon.

  9. With so much greed, it’s so nice to here of people wanting to help others out. I signed up and look forward to learning more about this program.

  10. Thank you for sharing this. I signed up for GiveBack and immediately donated my $5 to a great cause near home. 🙂

  11. I signed up! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to find my favorite local charity. I donated the $5 right away, and can’t wait to do more shopping!

  12. I just signed up! What a great new website!

  13. I have signed up for an account on GiveBack! What a great opportunity this is.

  14. crystal allen says:

    i have signed up and set up my account thanks! clallen @ ntin dot net (clallen)

  15. Hi – thanks for letting me know about this. I’ve been wanting to find a way to better support the National Fibromyalgia Association. I’ve signed up and my $5 is still on my account. Here’s what I’d like to see – and maybe eventually it will be possible:

    I’d like an invitation to send to family & friends inviting them to join my site and help raise money to donate to a charitable organization as a group.

    I’d also like to have a gadget on my blog that leads to my giveback site. They could then access mall retailers and order from that site and their donation would be added to my account. (granted that’s IF they didn’t want to start up their own foundation) Or maybe a key chain fob that we can scan at the store when we shop and then a percentage of our sales would be automatically donated.

    Just a couple of thoughts…. Thanks again! Tina “The Book Lady”

  16. Thank you for letting us know about the I have joined and am now headed over to the list of places I can shop that will help donations to my favorite charity.

  17. Love this! I signed up and already donated my starter $5 to my local junior league! I’ll definitely be using this site to keep up with my donations from now on!

  18. So happy to be a part of this. I just love every single thing about it. That Oprah lady has good taste – who knew!

  19. Thanks for sharing this great information. I signed up and donated my first 5 dollars!

  20. What a neat idea! I just signed up (Both with One2One AND with GIve Back. Excited to share this with friends, next!

  21. I just signed up – what an amazing charity!

  22. I have an account 🙂

  23. Great project! I signed up, posted and blogged.

  24. Great site! I’ve set up my account and sharing is next. 🙂

  25. I actually am already registered with Give Back a great concept that I am extremely proud to be involved with – now on to sharing!

  26. I love this site! what a great idea, I’ll bet supporting my favorite charities this holiday season. For sure

  27. I signed up on the GiveBack site. It was quick and easy. I also tweeted about it:

  28. I opened my account at GiveBack today! Easy-peasey.

  29. I wrote a blog post about

  30. Just wanted to say thanks for giving me a heads up about this great site. I have signed up and can’t wait to spread the word to all my family and friends.

  31. I emailed my family about !

  32. Rachel H. says:

    I just absolutely LOVE this! I signed up via Facebook (super easy) and found my two favorite charities very easily. The fact that you get $5 credit to your account right away is amazing. Am getting ready to blog, post, and email everyone about this great website. 🙂

  33. I signed up and was able to donate to!

  34. Set up my account and found a charity from my hometown to support.

  35. This is awesome. I set up my account, and I’m having so much fun looking for charities I know and trust and want to support. DEFINITELY using the shopping option!

  36. Thank you so much for letting me know about this! I signed up for an account and donated to my favorite charity 🙂


  37. What a neat concept. I signed up for an account!

  38. I signed up for an account. I love the concept of and can’t wait to start earning money for my favorite charities. Thank you O2O!

  39. Thanks for letting me know about this! GiveBack is a pretty neat site concept, and I’ve signed up for an account

  40. I LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing about GiveBack! I have signed up for an account! 🙂

  41. I shared on Facebook… 🙂

  42. I created “My Foundation” at GiveBack and have been stuck on the site the past hour 🙂 Great concept! Looking forward to helping share the news.

  43. I signed up for GiveBack and created a Foundation with some of my favorite charities. Looks like a great idea! Thanks.

  44. I set up my Foundation with the National Center for Family Literacy, KS Humane Society, Junior League of Wichita and Wichita Montessori School. Such a great idea!

  45. I set up my Foundation and I’m so excited about this project!

  46. I set up an account and already gave!

  47. I signed up for Pencils of Promise 🙂

  48. Now THAT was EASY, FUN and felt FANTASTIC to give back. I opted for Rehabilitation Through Photography to donate too. I know what it does, for me, to pick up my camera and take a picture that creates smiles from others so I can see where this would be beneficial for others. Thank you for the opportunity 🙂

  49. I signed up and am exploring the site. Thanks for letting me know about GiveBack!

  50. I love the site and posted about it on my blog!

  51. I’ve signed up and blogged about it. I will be shopping online to add money to my charities!

  52. I signed up, blogged, tweeted & Facebooked! What a great organization. I donated my $5 to Lupus research.

  53. I just signed up and I love the concept and choices! Just posted on FB about it and posting to my blog right now. I donated to Girl Up!

  54. What a great idea! All signed-up.

    Blog post, Twitter, and Facebook.

  55. Wow, that was easy and they have so many wonderful charities to choose from. I love that I can earn money to donate to charity from purchases I would already be making. Thanks for introducing me to

  56. I signed up with thru FB (kandid kell), I tweeted @mooneykell, and mentioned on facebook

  57. I’ve signed up for an account and also shared on twitter:!/mommasreviews/status/15254969129111553. Thank you!

  58. I signed up, tweeted, and facebooked about this and I am exploring the site and charities. Thanks for letting me know about GiveBack!

  59. I signed up with! I’ve already given to the charity of my choice, and I will certainly continue to use in the future. I posted about on my Blog, Tweeted and posted information on my Facebook status.
    Gratefully, Susan

  60. I love this!! One of my very favorite charities is the Victory Junction Gang Camp and this will be an awesome way to follow my fund raising efforts for them! This is just too neat!!

  61. I also signed up on the site. I posted the widget on all my websites.

  62. Yes, I did sign up and I love it!!

  63. I signed up! 🙂

  64. I just signed up using my facebook account.
    I choose Nightlight Christian Adoptions for my favorite Charity, since they helped us to adopt our two special babies! ~Thank you

  65. Everything is very open with a clear description of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is very useful. Many thanks for sharing!

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