inLieu is changing the way we give. It allows users to make donations in lieu of purchasing material gifts and at the same time makes donating fast, easy and social! (So unique we have a patent pending). inLieu provides a live social feed of every transaction that can be liked and shared with friends. It’s never been easier to support your friends by supporting their cause.

Give them a gift that makes a difference…inLieu them instead


It all started on a run one Saturday morning in December. I was going through my “to do” list like I always do on my long runs and realized that I had not purchased a hostess gift for the Holiday party we were attending that night.

I could definitely find a scented candle or bottle of wine that I could grab and take with me (one of which was probably delivered to my house by a friend for the same reason), but this was a friend that I knew did not want nor need my candle, bottle of wine, or anything else for that matter.

Do I dare walk in empty handed?

What I wanted to do was go home and send my friend a text:

“Hey Gretchen, we are super excited about the party tonight, but in lieu of bringing you a re-gifted bottle of wine, we made a donation to your favorite charity! See you tonight.”

Perfect! But then I realized nothing like this existed. As time passed, it became clear that there were many opportunities to make donations in lieu gifts, but I couldn’t find an easy way to do it.

Then you have all the luncheons, galas and fundraisers that we are invited to — I would love to be able to find the charity in my mobile phone, make a donation and at the same time thank my friend as I’m leaving the event. Or better yet, in lieu of attending the event I could just send a message and a donation at the same time.

Well, I finally got sick of waiting for someone to build my little app so I decided to do it myself. I hope you use it as much as me. And if you are ever invited to my home, please do not bring me any damn flowers, just inLieu me instead.

Kathy Terry


You want to support your friends and the causes they love, but it’s not easy. For one, you have to find the website for the charity, fill out a long profile and hope that your friend gets notified of your donation. And if they do receive a notice it could be months after you made your donation. What if you could make a donation to their favorite charity and in the same transaction send a text to your friend? And since we are such social creatures how cool would it be to see a live feed of every message and donation made? Well, you are in luck, because now you can use inLieu. Users can also create events, real or virtual, and see the RSVPs and donations in real time. inLieu makes donating fast, easy and social!


You want to make donating easier for your donors whether it’s at an event, supporting individual fundraising efforts or giving your supporters an easy platform to just make donations.  inLieu does this and more.  What if you could send a message and tell all your supporters in lieu of that second cup of coffee today (skip the line at Starbucks), make a donation to your nonprofit?  Or have your supporters save your nonprofit as their favorite charity. Next time a friend wants to send them a gift, your charity would be the first thing that would pop up!  With inLieu the options are endless.  All you have to do is ask your supporters to download the inLieu app and start giving.  Let’s change the world, one gift at a time.