How to Ask for Donations in Lieu of Anniversary Gifts
Whether you are celebrating 5 years or 25 years together with your partner, we believe there is always a reason to celebrate love! If you were fortunate enough to choose love on your own terms, it may hard to imagine a world where that choice was not yours to make. For 12 million girls around the world every year (that’s one girl every three seconds), that is the reality. VOW for Girls gives you the option to directly support girls around the globe through community-driven efforts, while celebrating the anniversary of your love.
“Every girl should be able to determine her own future. That’s why Scott and I supported VOW for Girls with our most recent wedding anniversary. Their work supports girls to choose love on their own terms and end the international marriage crisis. I chose to marry Scott — every girl should be able to make her own choice about marriage when she is ready.”
— Pat Mitchell – Founder of TEDWomen | Pat and Scott, VOW Couple – donated to VOW in lieu of anniversary gifts via dedicated donation page
Donations In Lieu of Gifts for your VOW Renewal or Anniversary Celebration
Creating a dedicated donation page is the most popular way for couples to “VOW” their special day. It’s quick to create and easy to share with family and friends. 100% of the funds received will go directly to grassroots organizations supported by VOW for Girls around the world. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create your dedicated donation page:
Step 1: Add Your Information
Once you have decided that you would like to create a dedicated donation page with VOW, click here to begin the process. Then you will simply add your name, your partner’s name, anniversary date, and some additional information so we can get to know you, and so your guests know they are in the right place!
VOW Tip: Use your wedding year as your fundraising goal so your dedicated donation is special to you and your partner!
Example: Set your fundraising goal to $1970 if you got married in 1970 for a special personal touch! Did you know $1970 can cover the cost for 10 girls to attend school for a year – everything from fees and transportation to school supplies?
Step 2: Customize Your Dedicated Donation Page
After entering your information, you will be taken to your newly created dedicated donation page. From there, all you have to do is add a photo, set a fundraising goal, and add a note on why you are supporting VOW with your anniversary or vow renewal.
Daniela celebrated her 15th wedding anniversary by running the Brooklyn half-marathon in honor of VOW and created a dedicated donation page for friends and family to support her cause in lieu of anniversary gifts.
Step 3: Share Your Dedicated Donation Page
We highly recommend adding the link to your dedicated donation page to your anniversary or vow renewal invitations to allow guests to easily find your page. If you do not have invitations, you can easily share the link on your social channels or wherever you will be reaching out to family and friends about your celebration. If you are looking for a shorter URL, please contact the VOW team and we will be happy to provide one.
Step 4 (Optional): Kick Off Your Donation Page
By kicking off your anniversary donation page with a donation of your choosing, you will help encourage guests to join in and get involved. You have the option for this to be anonymous should you prefer.
And that’s it! The entire process takes no more than 5 minutes and 100% of the funds raised will go directly to grassroots efforts to end child marriage. Every dollar counts as just $47 can pay the enrollment fees for a girl to attend school for a year.
About VOW for Girls
From wedding registry donations to partner product purchases, everything donated to VOW (that’s 100% of donations!) goes directly to community-driven efforts to help girls around the world. Our grantees, which are mainly women-led local organizations, use the funding we provide to directly support girls.
Twelve million girls a year, some as young as 8, become child brides. VOW is a global movement of the wedding industry community, partners and couples who are dedicated to a world where no child is ever a bride and where every girl has the chance to live the life she loves.
If you’re in the wedding industry and you’re interested in becoming involved, please find more wedding inspiration and advice in our blog, consider becoming a VOW Pro partner and learning more about VOW’s mission to end child marriage. If you’re an engaged couple and want to learn more about supporting VOW, please visit our couples page. We can’t wait to see what good we can do together!