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ABOUT TISBEST

TisBest's Mission

Fueling a movement to replace gifts of stuff with gifts of good that meaningfully connect individuals to important causes. TisBest: Give a better world.

Results: TisBest Philanthropy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging others to give gifts of good, rather than gifts of stuff. We created charity gift cards to do just that. Charity gift cards work like conventional gift cards, but with one meaningful exception: the recipient "spends" the card by choosing which charity to support with the funds. Our charity gift cards are customizable and come in any amount between $10-$5,000. You can choose to send a 100% recycled plastic card by the mail, print a card at home on your own printer, or send an e-card directly to your gift recipient. We're passionate about getting others giving and raising awareness for our 300+ stellar charity partners. Curious who we support? We've carefully selected a broad spectrum of organizations so there's something for everyone.
You can view our partners here.

Kyle Lawrence, Partnerships Coordinator
Kyle is responsible for business development and partnership coordination at TisBest. He began his career in print advertising, has worked in Retail Sales Management at Nordstrom, and was most currently Sales and Marketing Director in the hospitality industry. He was elected to Vantage Hospitality’s Advertising Board in 2013 where he assisted in the national advertising direction for over 1,000 hotels under the Vantage Hospitality membership. Kyle has spent time volunteering for various local charities and enjoys finding ways to give back to his community. He is an avid runner, musician, and 80’s pop-culture referencer.

Melissa Taft, Charity Relations and Production Administrator
A native Seattleite, Melissa Taft started in data entry and direct marketing at a small Seattle start-up in the '90's, then switched focus to a series of part-time endeavors including running an environmentally-focused grocery bag etsy, pulling shots at a not-for-profit coffee shop benefiting homeless and other programs, and running free camps for children focused on global history and theater. Melissa began as a seasonal employee at TisBest, originally helping with gift card production and mailing. Her role has expanded to overseeing daily production and coordinating initiatives with our charity partners. Along with her husband, Melissa homeschools her two children, and enjoys gardening, traveling, and her three cats.

Board of Directors

Melinda Briana Epler
Melinda Briana Epler is a community engagement strategist dedicated to empowering social businesses and not-for-profit organizations to have greater positive impact. Melinda has 15 years of experience as a strategic planner for large organizations, and 20 years of experience an award-winning multi-channel storyteller for local non-profits and global Fortune 50 companies.

Richard N. Gold
Rich is president of R.N. Gold & Company, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and marketing. Prior to forming R.N. Gold & Company, he was executive vice president of Glendinning Associates and a brand manager at Procter & Gamble. Rich serves on several boards of directors and advisory boards. He has been a producer and partner in Enterplan and director of the Downtown Council of Cincinnati, Ohio. He holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MA from New York University and a BSI from the University of Wisconsin..

Jim Phillips
Jim is an owner and manager of Berschauer Phillips, a northwest commercial construction company, through which he pursues his interest in environmentally responsible and sustainable construction practices. Jim volunteers his time at St. Joseph’s of Seattle, the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thurston County. Jim received his BA from Wheaton College and holds an MBA from the University of Washington.

Contact Us:

TisBest Philanthropy
13751 Lake City Way NE
Suite #122
Seattle, WA 98125

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