TrueGift Donations

TrueGift Donations was a direct to teachers charity with these goals:

The charity ran through most of the 1990s and into the early 2000s. It was the jointly founded by three brothers: Charles Merriam, Marshal Merriam, and Hugh Merriam. During its tenure, it provided thousands of dollars worth of pencils, crayons, paper, and the like to hundreds of schools in the United States. Fundraising was primarily just the founders adding money and all contributers of work were unpaid. It closed down once the founders felt the goals had been met.

We count it as a succesful venture. We know we had discussions with many venture firms, some television coverage, formented pleas to parents, and had discussions with budding ventures like Donor's Choose. We will never know how much of our success was effort and how much was fortunate timing.

TrueGift Donations has wrapped up, given its assets to other educational charities, and abandoned its 501c(3) status.

We hope that we all continue to value education.