Washington, D.C. (Vocus) December 21, 2007
Take heart those who have yet to complete - or even start -- their holiday shopping for friends and loved ones. By making an online donation at conservation.org/holidaygift, those looking for an innovative, and last-minute, gift option can make a tax-deductible donation in honor of someone, which will go to protect vital biodiversity across our planet.
Recipients will receive a beautiful personalized e-card on the specific date the donor selects. Each e-card includes vibrant imagery and a description of the unique environmental treasure that the gift will help protect. Gift-givers may also select to print out a gift card to supplement the e-card or to present in lieu of an online notification, such as a stocking stuffer.
The gifts are available in a variety of monetary increments, ranging from $20 to $100,000 and help solve the some of most pressing environmental issues on the planet. Gift-givers may select from 14 different online gift options, including:
- Gifts to save endangered species such as the Tiger starting at $20.
- A gift of only $50 to curb climate change by preserving forests in Madagascar.
- A $500 donation to safeguard the endangered Mountain Gorilla, which faced a major setback this summer when six adults were slaughtered in the Congo, leaving two orphan babies.
- A gift for those who have everything. A high-end gift from $10,000 to $100,000 to send a team of CI scientists to assess and help save the most biologically rich areas of the Earth.
Conservation International released a survey last month which found that a majority (53%) of Americans would prefer to receive green gifts this holiday season compared to a traditional gift of equal value. Two in five (43%) Americans also said that they plan on giving green gifts during the holidays.
Americans Ready to Give and Get Green
- One-third (33%) of Americans would rather spend money on a holiday gift that is environmentally friendly, compared to a traditional gift like a camera (33%) or watch (22%).
- Clothing made from organic cotton, a donation in their name to protect an endangered species or forest, and organic personal care products were among the most popular green gifts.
- Almost half (49%) of Americans say they do not agree that they are aware of green gifts options they could give this year.
- Women are more interested in receiving green gifts than men (62% vs. 53%).
The survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation via telephone. One thousand American adults 18 years or older were surveyed from September 28-October 1, 2007. The margin of error is +/-3%. The full survey results are available upon request.
Recognition as Responsible Charity
More than 85 percent of CI's expenses go directly to conservation programs and only 4 percent to fundraising, earning CI an "A" efficiency rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy for 10 years running. CI has also received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities.
*Photos to Accompany Story Can Be Found Here:
Marshall Maher, Conservation International
Jessica Mendelowitz, Ketchum