How to Word ‘A Donation Has Been Made in Your Name’


Making a donation in someone’s honor is a great tribute. Whether you’re donating on behalf of someone who died or just as a unique gift idea, this is something that contributes to our legacies.  

But how do you let someone know you’ve made a donation in someone’s name? You need to find the right wording, whether you’re writing a letter, email, or card. 

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Donations and memorials aren’t always easy to talk about. This guide makes it easy to find the right wording for a memorial donation. Here are 21 ways to word an “A donation has been made in your name” notice to a loved one. 

‘A Donation Has Been Made in Your Name’ Wording for a Letter or Email

How to word 'A donation has been made in your name'

Sending a letter or email after you make a donation in someone’s honor is an important way to let them know about this good deed. 

This is a great opportunity to share why you chose a particular organization, how your donation will be used, and why it’s important to you. Try these wording ideas to get the message right. 

1. ‘I was inspired to donate to X Organization after hearing you talk so much about their work.’

If your inspiration for gifting to a particular charity or organization was because of the words of a loved one, share this. This is especially powerful if it’s a cause your loved one is passionate about.

2. ‘I made a donation to X Organization in your honor. I know how much this cause means to you.’ 

When in doubt, keep your message simple. If there’s a cause they really love, let them know that you’re making a donation in their honor. 

3. ‘I am feeling charitable this time of year, and I would love to make a gift in your honor. What organizations do you support?’

If you’re not sure how to best give a gift in someone’s honor, ask them. People love feeling included in the process of giving back. By asking them what charities they support, you ensure you do the most good with your gift. 

4. ‘I made a donation in your name to X Organization to honor your loved one.’

It’s common to give a donation in honor of someone who is deceased, especially if that person passed of a specific cause. This donation might help bring the bereaved some peace during a difficult time, so an email or letter includes them in this special act of kindness. 

5. ‘Instead of gifts this holiday season, I gifted to X Organization in your honor. May you have a merry season!’

A great way to spread holiday cheer is by giving back. If you’re opting for charitable giving instead of traditional gifts, the wording above may be the best fit. 

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‘A Donation Has Been Made in Your Name’ Wording for a Card

'A Donation Has Been Made In Your Name' Wording for a Card

One of the easiest places to share the news of your donation is within a card. This is perfect for holidays, birthdays, condolences, and more. 

6. ‘A donation has been made in your name to X Charity.’

For a simple card—perhaps for someone you don’t know that well—keep your message simple. The wording above is the perfect way to let them know a donation has been made. 

7. ‘As a gesture of goodwill, I made a donation in your name to X Charity.’

Most people understand the importance of giving back. If this sounds like your recipient, let them know you’ve made this kind gift in their name to a worthy organization. 

8. ‘To honor your love and support, I made a donation in your honor to X Charity.’

To give back to someone who has always been there for you, honor them with a charitable donation. This is the perfect way to show you care, especially if you choose a cause close to their heart.

9. ‘A heartfelt donation was made in your honor to X Charity.’

Another simple wording option is to let your recipient know this is a gift that comes from the heart. Too often, our gifts come and go. This is something that lasts a lifetime. 

10. ‘In lieu of a traditional gift, we have chosen to make a donation in your honor to X Charity.’

If you know your recipient would appreciate a charitable gift vs. something physical, let them know why you chose this specific charity. It’s likely to mean so much to them. 

‘A Donation Has Been Made in Your Name’ Wording for a Text

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A Donation Has Been Made in Your Name’ Wording for a Text  

While sharing a card after making a donation is always a great idea, it’s not always practical or timely. Instead, a text message or DM gets the job done all the same. 

11. ‘I just wanted to let you know I made a quick donation in your honor at X Organization. Best wishes.’

A short and sweet message like this one is easy to send via text, and it shows the importance of giving back. 

12. ‘Thank you for always being there. To show support, I’ve given to X Organization in your name.’

For someone who is always there for you, make a gift in their honor. A short text message includes them in this important process. 

13. ‘I know how much this cause means to you, so I’ve made a donation to X Organization in your honor.’ 

Many people feel close attachments to charities and organizations close to their hearts. A gift like this is something memorable and long-lasting.

14. ‘Thank you for teaching me about X cause. I’ve decided to make a donation on your behalf.’

If someone introduced you to a particular cause that’s meaningful to them, thank them for their time. These are often highly personal and emotional, and this message will bring you closer. 

15. ‘Wishing you happiness, health, and blessings. I’ve made a donation to X Organization just for you.’ 

To wish someone luck and happiness, make a donation in their honor. This is a unique way to show you care. 

‘A Donation Has Been Made in Your Name’ Wording for the Family of the Deceased

‘A Donation Has Been Made in Your Name’ Wording for the Family of the Deceased

There are endless memorial donation ideas to choose from nowadays. If you choose to gift a donation in lieu of flowers or another sympathy gift, make sure the bereaved know about this contribution with the wording ideas below. 

16. ‘I am so sorry for your loss. To honor his/her memory, I have made a donation to X Organization.’

Sometimes the bereaved just want to know their loved one will be remembered and honored. A gift of charity shows they will not be forgotten. 

17. ‘I am so sorry to hear of X’s passing after his/her fight with cancer. I have made a donation in his/her honor to X organization to fund research and the fight for a cure.’

This is a great message if someone lost their loved one to a disease or illness. Donating to the cause not only offers the family a bit of peace, but it helps others who need it the most. 

18. ‘I’ll never forget how passionate X was about helping animals in need. I have donated to the local animal shelter in his/her honor.’ 

Relating your charitable gift to something the deceased was passionate about is a powerful tribute. Not only does it remind the bereaved about their loved one’s interests, but it becomes a part of their legacy. 

19. ‘Wishing you all the love and support at this time. Please let me know which charity to donate to in his/her honor.’

If you’re not sure what charity to give to, it’s best to ask the surviving relatives. They know their loved ones the best, and many find comfort when getting involved with this process.

20. ‘Though I am unable to donate funds, I will donate my time. I will be joining the local soup kitchen every weekend this month to assist with meal prep for those in need in honor of X.’ 

You don’t always have to give money, especially if you’re facing financial challenges. Time is just as (if not more) valuable, and the gift of volunteering is always welcome and appreciated. 

21. ‘X was such a positive force to be around. I wanted to honor their kindness with a gift to X Charity in his/her honor.’ 

Finally, you can relate your gift to charity to the deceased person’s character. If they were always positive and kind, consider this a way to continue that legacy. 

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Give Back and Do Good

Making a gift to charity is an amazing alternative to traditional gifts. Whether you give a gift in someone’s honor on their birthday or you offer a donation to a bereaved family, these contributions for the greater good might matter more than you think. 

It’s important to find the right words to share the news of your gift. This makes it possible to share the insight behind your choice, and it’s something your recipient can hold on to for years to come. If you received a donation as a gift, don’t forget to write a thank you letter for donations. There’s never a wrong time to say thank you.

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