Everything you need to know about what can be donated

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GreenDrop® has a long history of collecting donations of all different kinds. While the vast majority of what we get is useful and allows us to generate funds for the nonprofit organizations we support, every so often, we receive donations from someone who perhaps doesn’t know how our process works and what we need to keep our organization strong. That’s why we’ve created this guide on everything you need to know about what can be donated. You can use this article to make sure that your donation items will match the right criteria and go on to be useful somewhere else.

What Exactly Can You Donate?

The first and most obvious question to answer is about the kinds of items you can donate that will make an impact. Donatable items that are useful to us and to our nonprofit partner organizations are ones that would be useful to you as well. You likely have quite a few of these items lying around your house that don’t see much use or are past their usefulness in your household, but not past their usefulness overall. Here are some of the major categories of what you can donate, as well as what we tend to look for in these categories that make the best donations.

Clothes

We accept clothing donations on behalf of our nonprofit partner, and we pay them directly for those items, helping fund vital programs in our community. Almost any kind of clothing can make a good donation, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you rifle through your closet. Clothes need to be in good condition in order to be useful as a donation. We can’t do much with clothes that have huge holes or rips in them because no one will want them. Your best bet is to donate clothes that are still completely wearable, but that you yourself have outgrown or moved past.

Small Furniture Items

We also accept small furniture items like coffee tables, end tables, and dressers if they’re in reasonable condition or can be upcycled. Something with a missing leg, for example, is not donatable. These smaller pieces of furniture can go a long way towards making someone’s living space feel more comfortable and welcoming.

What To Consider When Donating

When it comes to everything you need to know about what can be donated, you should keep a few things in mind as you look through the items you plan on donating. What kind of condition is the item in? Does it still have any value for someone else? Am I okay with getting rid of this for someone else’s benefit? It’s okay to take some extra time as you look over your items and decide whether you really need them or if they would be better off in someone else’s hands. We want you to feel good about giving these items new life somewhere else.

Is the Item Still Usable?

Many donation centers struggle with receiving donations that people make in good faith without realizing that what they donated isn’t actually useful in any way. You may think it would somehow be helpful to donate your broken furniture or ruined clothing, since it seems like a better idea than throwing those items away—but that just isn’t the case. A good donation is something that someone can still get some use out of.

Now that you have a better idea about what you can donate and what you shouldn’t, we hope you’ll consider how you can help with items that you already have in your home. GreenDrop® is always ready to set up a pickup for donations near your home, or you can visit one of our local donations centers if you’d like to drop off your items instead.

GreenDrop® is a for-profit company and registered professional fundraiser where required. We pay our nonprofit and charity partners for your stuff, helping them fund their programs in your community. Read disclosures.

Everything You Need To Know About What Can Be Donated

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