Gift card sales were down 6% last holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. The category could clearly use a hand, and philanthropic gift cards, which are all about doing just that, may be the ticket. Nonprofit organizations like Network for Good and TisBest Philanthropy offer cards that donate to charity in the recipient's name, or that come at preset amounts, with the recipient choosing which charity receives the money. Customers seem to like the cards for several ...

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