how do I ask people for charity donation instead of presents for a 40th party?

I dont want to sound rude when asking people for money for charity instead of presents, can you help me with wording to include in my invitations.

"There is no need to bring me a present, but I’d appreciate if you donated some money to ________ instead."

"If you were thinking of buying me a present I’d like to suggest donating to ________ instead."

Something like that maybe. In any case, I don’t think it will come across as rude at all. I actually admire people who encourage people to donate to charities instead of buying a present. :)

Happy upcoming birthday by the way.

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19 Responses to how do I ask people for charity donation instead of presents for a 40th party?

  1. Kazbaz says:

    Your presence will be the best present!
    However donations to …………………… would be greatly appreciated!
    See you there x
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  2. Roo says:

    as i just want you to come along and have a good evening only presents given in donation form to ********** charity will be acepted.
    thank you.
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  3. basker says:

    okie if the invitation is going to be sent by you in wordings then it is good. it will owrk out…
    just invite your friends for a party and down below
    put a line like —————————————————————————— and say them that you would like to contribute all your gifts to charity institutions and it would be great if these gifts are in form on money. as there is not substitute for money but money can be substituted for all the other materials..

    By the way Good Attitude ;-)
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  4. zara c says:

    "No gifts please – instead please send donations to"
    Although people tend to be miserly when they don’t have to donate to get to the party, perhaps you should set up a collection at your party instead.
    Or have a receipt of donation as the entrance at the door!!!
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  5. marvs36 says:

    Dear So and So,
    You are invited to ———- 40th Birthday Party, on
    Dec. 4th. at 7:00 pm.
    This year all (he or she) wants is to be able to help someone else this year, so instead of presents, I thought it would be nice to take donations from all (his or her) friends and make a donation to the chairty of (his or her) choice.
    Thank you, and will see you at the PARTY.
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  6. noTpoOdLE says:

    Get a doctors note.
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  7. wwjadnow says:

    are you able to speak
    write
    email
    or text
    if none of these are available
    then I don’t know

    basically its give me a donation for one of these cahrities as its my birthday
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  8. Felicity O says:

    If you were thinking of buying me a present, please donate the money to XXXX instead.
    Or you could use the formula used in death notices. ‘No flowers by request, but donations made to XXX would be appreciated.’
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  9. KdS says:

    Mentioning an expectation of gifts in an invitation at all is considered somewhat rude, even if it is for a charity. You could just donate whatever presents you get to the Goodwill or something… however, if you are only inviting close friends or family you might be able to get away with it. Also, you could just say you don’t want gifts at all in the invite, and then maybe have a donation jar for the charity at your party.
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  10. rottymom02 says:

    Sally would prefer to have any gifts donated to _______

    Sally would like to honor her birthday by having monetary gifts donated to_____________

    You can change the wording, but you get the idea…
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  11. Nikita21 says:

    Tell them about one of those charities where you can buy a goat/chicken to send to poorer countries (i think oxfam does that sort of thing), you will receive a card saying what was brought and it will make people more likely to actually donate money instead of just pretending they have! Plus it will be more fun for your guests to decide what they want to buy you, and will make their donation seem more personal.
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  12. clairelouise says:

    just be up-front and ask. i did this for my 19th birthday. people will think its great
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  13. TC says:

    I am fortunate enough to have all the material things I need, so instead of buying me a gift I would love it if you would donate to [insert name of charity].
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  14. undir says:

    "There is no need to bring me a present, but I’d appreciate if you donated some money to ________ instead."

    "If you were thinking of buying me a present I’d like to suggest donating to ________ instead."

    Something like that maybe. In any case, I don’t think it will come across as rude at all. I actually admire people who encourage people to donate to charities instead of buying a present. :)

    Happy upcoming birthday by the way.
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  15. Traingirl says:

    What a nice idea. You can say "No presents, please – but please help me celebrate by donating to [...], my favorite charity."
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  16. Caicos Turkey says:

    Send invitation cards with "Strictly no presents, please. If you feel strongly about this, any donations may be sent to….."
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  17. max333 says:

    don’t use your birthday as a charity drive.
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  18. Arfon J says:

    say "can you make a charity donation instead of getting me a present for my 40th birthday, Thank you."
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  19. Spellbound says:

    It sounds rude assuming that they are going to bring a gift in the first place! Why not make a small speech at the party and see if the group of you can come up with some fun way of raising money for your chosen charity, a good way for all of you to have fun on a Saturday or Sunday.
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