Kate & William's Desired Wedding Gift: Charitable Donations

03/16/2011 at 09:00 AM EDT

Kate & William's Desired Wedding Gift: Charitable Donations
Prince William and Kate Middleton
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Hoping to spread the good cheer, Prince William and Kate Middleton have issued a list of 26 charities to which people can donate in lieu of sending the couple wedding presents.

"This is for members of the public who have kindly suggested that they wanted to give the couple a gift," a spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.

The bride- and groom-to-be have been "touched by the goodwill shown them" since their engagement last November and are asking people to give money to a special charitable fund.

The various charities to be funded reflect the couple's interests and, in many cases, are little-known and do not necessarily have existing royal patronage. Among them: an anti-bullying campaign, as well as those that provide help to communities through the arts and sports.



There is also a group that supports those in military families, and others benefitting organizations based in New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

The charities have been chosen because they have a "particular resonance" with William, 28, and Kate, 29, and "reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date," a statement says.

Guests invited to the big day April 29 will have "other arrangements" should they wish to give the couple a personal gift, a palace spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.

Donations, which are being accepted in six currencies, can be made through the Prince William & Miss Kate Middleton Charitable Gift Fund Web site, where a complete list of the charities may be found.

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