Sell Gift Certificates SD308
Set up a system where people can purchase and give electronic gift certificates that are good for books, merchandise, course and activities. Gift certificates issues in whole dollar amounts. Offer a few suggestions like ($25, $50, $100). Have the giver specify and email address of the recipient. Allow the recipient to add the gift certificate to their account (require them to create an account if needed).
Samantha Sanders commented
As chair for the Trail Running Committee, this was the first item folks' requested when I asked how I could communicate my appreciation for their time. I humbly request we pursue this idea on behalf of all our wonderful volunteers.
This idea has several key benefits:
1) It allows people to, more or less, gift experiences rather than material items if wanted.
2) This particular gift card is a welcome addition to the person who has everything or is trying to downsize their collection. It also doesn't require to be near a specific store.
3) This can be used to draw people into the Mountaineers or extend their participation.
4) It's another way to help people offset the costs for those who can't afford it (including for the yearly subscription itself).
Why not encourage our members to be more involved in the Mountaineers? It would be wonderful to have this as an option to celebrate our volunteers or inspire others to take part and enjoy the benefits of the organization.
Cheryl Talbert commented
I've come to realize the significant value that gift cards could have for committees who want to give their volunteers recognition in the form of Mountaineers books, courses, activities or gear. We can't use promo codes because recognition needs to be spent in the year that it was budgeted and the committee has no control over when a promo code will be spent. With gift cards a volunteer can be given a gift card, with the money being booked to the committee at the time it is purchased, and the volunteer is then free to use it at their convenience.
Would seem to be useful for the same reasons to allow members to give a gift of Mountaineers courses, activities, merchandise or books.