One of my favorite little and silly gifts to give people is adopting a lobster from the UK's National Lobster Hatchery. What are other similar inexpensive and slightly silly -- but ideally also socially/environmentally conscious -- gifts you like to give people? Ideally it's a similar deal where they don't actually get more stuff to deal with, or if they do it's some sort of small acknowledgement that they won't feel bad about throwing out or recycling.
I have inherited multiple generations of household items that I would like to donate to the best possible recipients in Atlanta or sell if there is a market for these items. [more inside]
What rules do you use for estimating the value of things you give to charity? The organizations we donate to ask us to estimate the value for tax purposes ourselves, rather than doing it for us. I know we obviously should not use the full price that we paid for the item. I am wondering if it is okay to value items at, for example, what we might get for them off Craigslist (sometimes say 1/3 to 1/2 or in rare cases even 2/3 what we paid, depending on the item and condition), or whether we should be valuing at more like what I'd use for a yard sale price of like 1/10th or lower. Does it matter? And is there a corresponding tax consequence for the recipient organization, such that if I declare the higher value on our taxes that organization realizes some proportionate tax or penalty? If so I should probably just estimate lower in order to further benefit the charity. Thanks!
Post-hurricane, and I'd like to donate almost EVERYTHING, but I don't personally have much time to sort it all out... [more inside]
Is there a website that lets ordinary non-millionaires do charity blackmail stunts, a la Donald Trump? For example, suppose I'd like to set up a page where individuals can pledge $X to charity if Donald Trump goes 24 hours without talking. The website would take credit card numbers in advance; if the Donald keeps his mouth shut, the cards would be billed and the money passed on to charity. [more inside]
What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
Is there a way to politely tell my friend that his monetary requests for a memorial donation are self-defeating? [more inside]
Where can I donate used clothing, books, etc, where they will actually be used and NOT resold? It is really morally important to me that it be actually used, not sold, where the money is then used in ways I can't control. I work in the nonprofit industry, and know only too well how general donations of money get used. But most people asking for clothing donations for poor or abused people, are only asking for them so they can resell them, not so that actual poor, homeless, or abused people will wear them or read them. Where can I find a place that will take all my donations and ensure that they are used or given to real people?
What is the minimum amount of money people are willing to give as a donation? [more inside]
I am looking for a few pointers to well-regarded non-profits that focus on "social equality" (I may not be using the right term) - breaking povery cycles, education assistance, living wages for blue-collar work and so on. I don't know where to start, but maybe you can help me! [more inside]
DC area (Arlington, VA specifically) charities that will come pick up furniture donations? Preferably alternatives to the Salvation Army? [more inside]
I would like to create a non-profit fund / fundraising org earmarked towards jumpstarting community centers. I've heard that rather than trying to create a non-profit, it might be best to partner with an existing non-profit with similar interests, and see if they'd "host" the fund I want to create / help with the legal aspects, while allowing me to earmark and oversee the fund. I intend to do regular fundraising, and hope to create a lasting fund that attracts bequests. Does anyone know about the legalities involved here? Any advice as to how I might want to approach such a project?
How do non-monetary tax deductible donations work? How is the value of the donated items determined? Is there a special receipt needed? Can any 501(c)(3) provide donors with a tax deductible receipt? Any and all information related to this topic would be appreciated! [more inside]
This may be one of those "you should consult a lawyer" questions, but I thought I'd give it a shot and see if anyone might be able to help. Basically, I'm in the middle of starting a business that will be donating 50% of our net profits to charity, but I have a few questions: [more inside]
I want to create something (the details probably aren't really relevant to my question) as a side project that I will sell, using all of the proceeds for charity. Is this something that I can/should advertise, assuming I have not set this up officially with the charity, but am just passing the profits along myself? [more inside]
You're selling prints for charity. Do you sell them for cost + buyer determined donation or do you build a donation amount into the price? I'm looking to maximize the amount we're donating. [more inside]
I'm living in Melbourne, Australia, and I have a whole lot of unwanted clothing (some unworn or barely worn) that I want to donate to an op shop. Am I able to get any tax deduction for this?
My school-aged children received some money for the holidays and decided to buy toys for needy kids instead of spending it on themselves. I took them shopping yesterday and, all told, they've got about $300 in toys to donate in addition to what I'm also kicking in. Now, what are we going to do with this stuff? [more inside]
Help me host an awesome Christmas with games where my family competes to win the right to donate to the food bank. [more inside]
Help me find, buy or build a donor-friendly online giving management system for our non-profit. [more inside]
I'd like to design a small-scale e-commerce site that also accepts donations. I have no experience. Help! [more inside]
What can you tell me about organizations that support women's rights? I would like to donate some money. [more inside]
Can airline miles be gifted to a charity cause or person? [more inside]
I'm looking for two kinds of charity groups: One that helps the children of soldiers killed in Iraq, and one that helps children in Iraq who have lost parents. Any know vetted organizations that fit this bill?
We have a king-sized mattress that wouldn't fit up the stairs in our new "old house". We've come to terms with the fact that we'll have to donate it and follow another plan. Which not-for-profit should we offer this to? [more inside]
I have 8 boxes of clothes that I'd like to donate to Hurricane Katrina evacueees. What's the best way to do so? [more inside]
I am moving away from Madison, WI on Saturday. I want to donate a whole bunch of clothes and shoes and things. I can not for the life of me find hours and guidelines online. I often go by a "donation station" while on the bus, and will stop there tomorrow, but it would be nice to find this information so I can just call a taxi and run over with all my donations tomorrow, instead of doing so on Friday.
out of my depth: i'm on the holiday benefit planning committee of a local philanthropy which advocates for architectural preservation, on the silent auction and raffle subcommittee. tip, suggestions, approaches for getting businesses to donate goods for the auction? tips for getting people to bid? when you go to charity gigs, what do you like to see? [more inside]
DonationFilter: Musical Gear and 20 Years Of Guitar Magazines To Donate. Does anyone know a suitable candidate? (MI) [more inside]
I have a loveseat I want to get rid of, sooner rather than later. Donating it to charity has the dual appeal of being a Good Deed and providing the means to actually haul it away (I live in Brooklyn, in a walkup, sans car). The Salvation Army can do it, but requires 2 weeks advance notice. Does anyone know any other NYC-based organizations (or, hey, any Mefites in need of a couch) that will do this, preferably on shorter notice?
Do you give money to homeless people, panhandlers, and/or beggars? Why or why not? Defend your position. [more inside]