Q: I’m invited to a wedding at the end of this month. The couple is getting married on a beach at sunset. Instead of gifts, they want donations to one of three specific charities. Is it best to donate online, get some kind of a print out of the donation, and send it to them in a wedding card? If so, when should I send the card?
A: Usually when you make a donation in someone’s name, the charity sends an acknowledgment to that person. Therefore, it is important to indicate the couple’s name and address. It doesn’t matter if you do make the donation on-line, by phone, or by mail. It would be fine to send them a card once you have made the donation and mention on the card that you have made a donation to the specific charity. If you make the donation on-line, it really isn’t necessary to print out a page specifying the donation.