Organizations That Accept Donated Office Supplies and Equipment
Numerous organizations accept donated office equipment, furniture, and office supplies, and you or your business can get receipts for many in-kind donations that allow you to take a tax deduction for these items. Plus, you can promote your business as being "green" because you're doing your part to help the environment. This list can guide you if you don't know who to call or where to start.
Although Freecycle is a nonprofit organization, you can't get a tax receipt for recycling items through its free list service. But you can feel good knowing that you're helping the environment by recycling your unwanted items.
Freecycle is a free Internet service that allows people to offer items they no longer need for free to others who can use them. These others might be people in need or organizations that serve people in need. As schools and other institutions become more educated about environmental sustainability, they're increasingly using Freecycle to get rid of unwanted items around campus that in the past would have simply been thrown away.
Freecycle is free, hence the name. Join by visiting the website and locate the list that serves your geographic area. Be sure to read Freecycle’s rules for posting. The lists are moderated, and anyone who abuses the posting privileges can be banned.
Freecycle lists anything can be legally given away except for animals and other living creatures.
The organization accepts donated items and sells them at substantial discounts through a network of more than 1,500 Goodwill retail stores. The proceeds fund programs to benefit the disabled, the illiterate, the homeless, and people on welfare by providing job training and placement programs.
Goodwill accepts office equipment as well as reusable household items, jewelry, toys, and clothing. Many locations also accept books and certain types of furniture. If you're not sure what to donate or can't narrow down your list, call your local Goodwill to see which items they have a particular need for at the time.
Only donate items that are in decent condition. If your furniture or equipment is in bad shape, it's better to discard it or have it recycled somewhere if possible.
iLoveSchools.com is a free donor-matching service that helps teachers find the supplies they need. It's similar to other sites like the well-known DonorsChoose.org.
Schoolteachers use the site to build WishLists for the equipment, materials, and supplies they need to stock their classrooms. Teachers spend several hundred dollars on school supplies in any given school year, so this service is a genuine help to them. Donors can locate teachers through the website using the WishList search.
Try iLoveSchools if you want your office supplies and equipment to stay within your community. You can also ask a teacher in your life if she's signed up for fundraising efforts on any particular site. It will allow you to donate directly to the teacher.