There have been a slew of "Paying it Forward" posts and they are inspiring. I thought I might share one of my own creations and solve a problem at the same time. The problem of closing gifts, should you, could you, would you kind of conversations you have with yourself.
First of all, it goes without saying that I believe in closing gifts...so you have to "buy" into that first, no pun intended!
But, my days of buying pictures of their houses, various types of baskets and restaurant certificates were over about two years ago. It was a combination of my heart and wanting to still do something special for my clients.
So, what I do is let each client choose a charity of their choice and then I donate 5-10% of my commissions to that charity in their honor. In the beginning I didn't mark out my address on the checks and after awhile I was getting "please consider giving" brochures from 20 or so different charities! I already have my favorites!
Over the years the big winners have been Susan G Komen, Riley Pediatric Hospital, American Heart Association and the local Humane Society. Odd I know, but the Humane Society is one of my favorites too!
There have been others that I had never heard of and when I asked my client to share why this charity, I learned so much. One of those was the Celiac Organization, my client actually has this disease but you would never know it to look at her!
This week the check went to St Jude Hospital in Memphis; that is the third time for that organization.
So the next time you are at a loss on what to do for a closing gift, consider a gift of charity. The look on my client's face when I tell them I need the name of their favorite charity to make a donation to is priceless. And I can tell you there has never been any hesitation with my clients, they ALL have had a favorite.
*Editors Note: I do not write this post as a pat on my back...I will be forever grateful only if my reward is in heaven. But I do write to participate in the Pay it Forward Group and to maybe inspire somebody with something easy to do to make a difference.