HOW IT WORKS
Getting your marriage started off with The Good Beginning is super easy.
FIND A CHARITY
If you don’t have a tie to a specific organization, start by doing a bit of research in a cause that pulls to you. Maybe it’s arts and education or maybe you care most about helping communities rebuild. And if you’re still not sure, browse our featured charities to learn more about some of our favorite organizations across the globe. If you know the charity you want to register for, but don’t see it on our site, simply add it here.
Once you’ve decided on a charity or three, simply register by entering your name, wedding date and email. From there you will be able to enter up to 5 charities to sponsor for your wedding registry. That’s it. You’re set up. Once your registry is in place, you will have a direct link to embed in your wedding website for your guests to click direct to your registry, or simply direct them to www.thegoodbeginning.com and they can search for you by name.
As donations come in each donation will be tracked in your registry. Every person’s gift including name, amount and organization will be disclosed to you so you can send thank you cards.
Why is The Good Beginning needed?
Over the years our founder, Beth Helmstetter, has worked with many couples who’ve chosen to donate their registry either in totality or partially to charity. However, due to the nature of many charitable organizations, this process has been less than smooth. Many organizations are simply not set up to accept and track multiple donations from small groups of people in a way that allows couples to track, acknowledge and thank guests appropriately. Not to mention that guests have to call each organization directly to give and are often faced with leaving messages, unreturned calls and more. The Good Beginning streamlines the giving process by allowing couples to choose their organizations and having an interface that allows for identifying, giving and tracking of gifts to occur in one place. After the gift has been received, The Good Beginning generates a list of who, how much and which organization each guest gave also making the acknowledgement process very simple.
How does it work?
What if the charity I want to support is not on the website?
If you don’t see the organization you want to give to, simply click here to add them to our site. We will then do all of the backend paperwork needed to get the organization set up to receive gifts.
How do I know the charity is in good standing?
Before giving to any charitable organization, it is recommended to do your due diligence by researching their work and how they spend their funds to ensure they align with your personal values. We recommend reviewing annual reports and forms 990 prior to selecting your organization of choice. You can find this information for a majority of organizations by visiting guidestar.org.
How can I get my charity featured on The Good Beginning?
We love learning about new organizations and telling The Good Beginning couples all about your amazing accomplishments. Kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Is The Good Beginning a 501(c)3?
While The Good Beginning prides itself on being a socially conscious business, it is a for profit business within Libby Helms, Inc.
How does the donation process work?
Once a donation has been made, all funds are held in an account on behalf of the couple. 30 to 45 days following the wedding date (as many guests continue to give after the wedding), one lump check is submitted to each charity on the couple’s behalf. We will not have a receipt for this donation until after the wedding, however, once we receive confirmation of receipt, we are happy to share copies of the donation confirmation for your reference. Please note as the funds are directly given to The Good Beginning, the receipts from the organizations will also be sent to The Good Beginning and will not name each individual wedding guest as a donor.
How is The Good Beginning funded?
The Good Beginning’s number one goal is connecting couples with charitable organizations and is proud to have the goal of generating millions of dollars annually for charities worldwide. Over 90% of every donation goes straight to the organization of your choice to help us meet this mission. The remaining funds are considered an administrative fee and used to pay salaries, operating expenses and to ultimately grow The Good Beginning.
How can I find out more?
If you’re interested in registering and need a bit of help, contact our registry coordinator at email@example.com. If you’re interested in helping to spread the word, please contact Natalie Denyse of In Good Company PR for all public relations inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.