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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.

Rick Morrow, Managing Director
A native of Seattle, Rick comes to TisBest Philanthropy after studying/working in the Midwest for many years. He has a decade of experience working in and around non-profit and sustainable enterprises, most recently in energy efficiency and renewable energy. He received an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. In his free time he enjoys fly-fishing, working in community projects and raising his daughter.

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.

Amy Ray, Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer
Amy Ray is a graphic designer with a love for problem solving, silly jokes, and helping people. Growing up in Nashville she was surrounded by lots of books, fruit trees, forests, humidity, and two little brothers. She later went to school in upstate New York, lived in Dallas/Fort-Worth for a bit, and happily moved to Seattle six years ago to teach. She loves it here and has even persuaded one of her brothers to come out here too. Amy's thrilled and thankful to be contributing here at TisBest.

Isabel Conrad, Social Media Manager
Isabel is a student at the University of Washington studying Media and Communications. She has lived in the greater Seattle area her whole life and has grown up loving the outdoors. In her free time you can find her hiking in the nearby mountain ranges. From an early age Isabel had a social consciousness and a desire to do good in the world. She has been involved with TisBest since 2007. You can listen to her in an NPR interview, at age 10, giving her opinions on Charity Gift Cards.

Board of Directors

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.

Peter Lindburg
Peter has over 25 years of leadership experience in the high-tech industry and has spent the last 15 years with SAAS based startups helping clients improve their businesses. Peter has worked a variety of industries including education, electronic design, healthcare, publishing, senior living and super-computing. Business transformations include increasing advertising effectiveness, streamlining existing processes, improving customer self-service and increasing conversion rates. In additional to TisBest, Peter has been on the board of the Northwest Children's Fund and the Linfield College Parents Advisory Council. He holds a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

Kendall Webb
As a Harvard undergraduate, Kendall helped launch the WorldTeach program. After stints with Goldman Sachs and the World Bank, she served in Uganda as a volunteer. Upon her return to the United States, she worked on the founding team of More.com, one of the early-stage Internet websites, where she realized that the Internet could revolutionize charitable giving. She founded and has been Executive Director of JustGive.org since 1998, which has generated over $500 million for tens of thousands of charitable causes. At JustGive.org, she innovated multiple giving products, such as Charity Reward Point Redemption, Charity Gift Cards, Giving Baskets and Crowdfunding. Kendall has been a thought leader in Internet Giving for two decades, offering strategic advice to organizations and companies that are incorporating charitable giving programs. In addition to her Internet Giving focus, she is now Chair of the Board of Nurturing Minds, a school in Tanzania that educates vulnerable girls.

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

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