How To Organize Donations in Your Name

If you are involved in any charity or nonprofit work, or if there are any causes that you strongly support, you might ask people to make a memorial donation to a charity in your name, either in addition to or in lieu of flowers or other gifts.

How to set up donations in your name

Most foundations, charities, and non-profit organizations allow for donations to be made through their websites. Usually on the donation page there is a place for donors to specify the nature of the gift, often under the heading of “Tributes” or “In memory of.” Donors can put your name in that space, so that the organization knows the nature of the gift.

You can also establish a dedicated fund in your name that people can donate to. To set up a fund in your name, contact the organization you’d like to work with and let them know that you want to set up a memorial fund. Most non-profit organizations will have simple protocols in place for making this happen.

Religious considerations

Some religions and cultures prefer that donations be made in lieu of flowers or other gifts (such as in Judaism). If you will be following any religious customs, be in touch with local clergy to find out what your religion dictates on the issue, or see our article Religious Funeral Traditions.

To learn about other ways your can personalize your service, see our article Reasons to Plan Your Own Funeral or Memorial Service.