Prince William and Kate Middleton opt for charitable donations over wedding gifts

Included in the conservation category is the Earthwatch Institute, as well as groups dedicated to saving endangered species, like the black rhino, Asian elephant and the Sumatran tiger.

The website states: "All the charities intended to benefit from the Fund have been chosen by Prince William and Miss Middleton. They reflect the couple's passions and interests as well as some of their experiences in their lives together so far. ...the couple have chosen to take the chance to benefit some causes that have less exposure or which are undertaking valuable work in areas of the community which the couple feel would benefit from this support."

Image via the Royal Wedding Charity fund website.

I promised myself I wouldn't write anything about the impending Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Frankly, I don't understand why our U.S. media outlets are devoting a ton of programming to it. That said, I've had to break my vow because I'm truly impressed with what the couple, as they've decided to forgo wedding gifts and are asking their guests (and the public) to instead donate money to their selected charities through their Royal Wedding Charity Fund website.

There are five broad categories to choose from — ranging from children, the arts, support for service personnel, conservation, etc. — and within each category are four to five charities handpicked by the couple. Donors can choose one individual charity to give to, spread their donation to all organizations within a category, or have their gift equally distributed to all charities listed on the website.

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