Frequently Asked Questions

1. About Daymaker

Choose a reason to give From birthdays to holidays and everything in between, our platform allows you to give in a real, personal and simple way.

Identify a child to help We partner with high-impact nonprofit organizations to create descriptions of each and every child they are serving.

Buy a gift and watch the magic happen Select and purchase meaningful items from one or many wish lists, and follow along as gifts are sent directly to the child's sponsoring nonprofit.

We'd sure like that. It's our goal to provide consistent and meaningful opportunities to give. For those giving with kids, we'll be providing special rewards for those giving across multiple opportunities.

Daymaker works with local chapters of some of the most reputable nonprofits around the country who understand the unique needs in their communities. We rely on these 501c3 organizations - with the most favorable ratings from nonprofit auditing groups - to identify low-income or at-risk children who would be good candidates to receive donated gifts.

Yes! With Daymaker, you can track an item every step of the way - from the time it ships from our warehouse to when it's delivered to the nonprofit and gifted to the child you've helped. Visit your Daymaker account to do this.

That's what we are all about at Daymaker. Find out more here on starting the conversation.

Yes! You can choose multiple children to give to or sponsor a whole child (i.e. purchase every item on his/her wish list). Simply add all of the items you'd like to purchase to your cart and buy them all in one checkout.

Not at all. You are actually purchasing the products at retail value when you checkout. There is no transaction fee for the donor or the nonprofit.

2. Giving Opportunities

Giving opportunities are the different occasions for which you can use Daymaker to purchase items from the wish list of a child in need. We currently offer opportunities to give around the holidays, birthdays, and back to school. We will be launching more opportunities in 2018, including support for children and families who have been affected by natural disasters.

See the detailed section below on Party & Give.

3. My Family

My Family is a tool for parents who want to use Daymaker to help teach compassion and generosity through consistent, positive giving experiences. Parents are able to build profiles for their kids to track all of their giving through Daymaker and earn special rewards.

We offer new giving opportunities throughout the year (we’ll keep you updated as these launch via email), and some are always available. We’re working on offering additional opportunities not tied exclusively to giving on Daymaker but will still be rewarded through your kids’ profiles!

Daymaker is excited to help families form a habit around giving. We’ve seen kids enjoy the experience even more when they see the cumulative good they've created and are rewarded/celebrated. We also know you’re busy and want to make this easy for your family.

Absolutely. Create a profile for any of your kids you want to give through Daymaker. Typically, we see kids ages 4-12 using Daymaker.

4. Party & Give

Absolutely! Daymakers have used the platform for parties with three guests up to 90! As the host, you can add buddies to your page once guests begin to give. We’ll add another buddy automatically before the last gift is purchased for your current buddy. You always have the option to switch buddies if you'd like.

Just like any other online invitation service (Evite, PunchBowl, or Paperless Post, for example), Daymaker enables the party host to track RSVPs, message guests, resend invitations and edit party details.

Yes (although we've noticed that using our invitation service with everything in one place is easier on party guests!). To do this, disable RSVPs on your page so guests will not RSVP there. Then copy and paste the link to your page into another invitation or share it via email.

Our “Party & Give” giving opportunity empowers your child to use his/her birthday to give back. As your child’s birthday approaches, you can create a page in a few simple steps. Add a photo and a customized message with party details, and choose a child to give to. Once invitations go out to your guests, they can RSVP and purchase gifts for the selected child directly on our site. Your child can enjoy his/her special day knowing they've made an impact on children in need!

A birthday buddy is a child from one of our nonprofit partners who would normally go without on his/her birthday, if not for your help. These are low-income or at-risk children from a range of circumstances whose loved ones often don’t have the means to celebrate the child's special day.

5. The Details

Daymaker ships items directly from our warehouses to the sponsoring nonprofit in a timely fashion, so gifts arrive to the buddy in advance of his/her special day. We are able to receive shipping discounts and pass these on to you during checkout.

Checkout is hosted through Braintree, a PayPal company. Credit Card information never touches our servers, instead processing directly through Braintree. Braintree is a validated Level 1 PCI DSS compliant service provider and on both MasterCard and Visa's list of preferred providers.

Daymaker is proud to operate at the intersection of profit and purpose as a C-corp. From the founding days, we said we did not want to charge a donor to give or a nonprofit to receive. We've been fortunate to work out relationships with our manufacturers as we are buying items in bulk and selling them at the minimum retail value. This margin allows us to continue doing the good we aim for without having to charge donors, nonprofits, or solicit charitable contributions.

We're always looking for high-impact organizations with which to partner. Email nonprofits at daymaker dot com.

Yes, they can. We work with a lot of corporations that use Daymaker to foster employee giving. Email us at team at daymaker dot com, or visit

We offer products through partnerships with a host of manufacturers whose products help empower Daymaker recipients while also bringing a huge smile to their faces.

You are able to track your item(s) at every step of the way, and you will be notified via email. We are also currently working with our nonprofits to implement notes back from the children who were helped. While we can’t guarantee this quite yet, it is likely you will receive a note from one of the children you helped.

It is! Your tax receipt will be automatically issued by the 501c3 receiving the donation once the items are shipped. You can find each receipt in your Daymaker account under "Giving History."

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