TisBest's Mission

Fueling a movement to replace gifts of stuff with gifts of good that meaningfully connect individuals to important causes.

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 biodegradable 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 Featured Charities. Between our carefully selected list of Featured Charities and the ability to search from among more than 1.5 million U.S. charities there's something for everyone.

Curious who we support? You can view our Featured Charities here.


Simeon Cathey. Managing Director

As one of the original founders of TisBest and with over two decades of technology design experience, Simeon brings his passion of giving and "technology for good" to TisBest as Managing Director. After living in the Seattle area for 12 years, he's relocated to Maui, Hawaii where he enjoys sailing, surfing and scuba diving. 

Deepa Garg, Marketing Director

Deepa has more than a decade of experience optimizing digital ad performance for major consumer brands. She has also cultivated a consumer market for Zumbox (a startup looking to save trees), managed ad operations for a major presidential campaign, and coordinated a marathon fundraising program for an educational non-profit, Asha for Education. She joins TisBest after completing an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth and currently serves on the board of Carbon Washington as Communications Co-Chair.

Deepa is most of all committed to leaving behind a healthier planet for her two daughters. Outside of work you'll find her getting to know the PNW by ferry, gardening or browsing thrift shops with her girls.

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.

Amy Ray, Product and Visual Design Lead

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 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.

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, 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.

Contact Us:

TisBest Philanthropy
317 S Bennett St.
Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98108


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