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Why are clothing donation boxes proliferating in my neighborhood?

I live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and have noticed that, over the past several months, a sizable number of clothing donation boxes have appeared on sidewalks and in little disused nooks of urban space. There are three on my block alone that have sprung up, seemingly overnight, within the last couple months. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on May 11, 2013 - 7 answers

How do you decide when something should be thrown away vs. donated?

I have some old, seemingly useless clothing. How do I decide what is worth donating and what should just be thrown away? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on May 8, 2013 - 32 answers

Where can one donate to Iraqi and Afghan victims of violence?

Are there any organizations I can donate to or help with that are devoted to cleaning up the messes we made in Afghanistan and Iraq? I keep seeing news of American and allied bombings accidentally killing children and civilians, and it seems like all these require something more than just an "oopsie!" or indifferent silence. [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

F*ck you, cancer (but how?)

If I had gobs of money to throw at a "cure" for cancer, or at least ways to make it suck less for those who have it*, where would the money go farthest? Research for better treatments, research to develop better diagnostic tools, funding for better treatment/diagnostic programs, funding for patient support (like hospice) service, or anything else? Do organizations exist that might be more effective than the American Cancer Society, for example? [more inside]
posted by estherbester on Apr 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Appropriate donation for a dinner in a restaurant in a new location?

We're going to a restaurant that is just moving to a new location. At their old location they charged $115 for the type of dinner we're having (chef's tasting with wine pairings) and were successful and well-reviewed. This is their pre-opening week, and they say they have a few wrinkles to iron out so are asking for donations at diners' discretion to help cover costs. What would be an appropriate amount -- or range, depending on how it goes? [more inside]
posted by palliser on Mar 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Trying to donate a TV, or give it away for free. Failing. Help?

I have a Toshiba 35" TV from the mid-90s that still works perfectly. I still have the manual it came with, and the original remote. The TV stands on a custom TV stand that was built by the manufacturer specifically for it. Unfortunately, I don't want it anymore, the TV weighs 165 lbs., and I cannot carry it myself. Options I've exhausted include: [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 20, 2013 - 28 answers

Best organization for helping the mentally ill homeless in San Francisco

I'd like to donate some money to an organization that helps mentally ill homeless people in San Francisco. Which organization would give me the most "bang for my buck"? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 16, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I ethically get rid of these clothes?

I want to give away clothes! But how can I do so ethically? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 27, 2012 - 24 answers

Looking for good team-based giving opportunity.

Apart from Kiva, do you know of any good charities that support team-based giving?
posted by found missing on Dec 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there a Portland area school with a technology program?

Is there a Portland, OR area high/middle school with a good computer technology elective/program? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Dec 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Is there such a thing as a fashion related charity?

Is there such a thing as a fashion related charity? [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo on Dec 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Acquaintance passed away. Do I donate to his preferred charity, despite my concerns?

An acquaintance has passed away, and in lieu of flowers, his family is requesting a donation to a religious cause that gives me some concerns. What to do? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Nov 28, 2012 - 23 answers

What smaller, local NYC charities need our support the most in the wake of Hurricane Sandy?

I want to donate more in support of Hurricane Sandy, but I'm concerned that while the Red Cross and the NYC Mayor's Fund are probably getting a ton of love, there are other charities in the city that are in dire straights as a result of the hurricane. (Or just in general.) What smaller, local NYC charities need our support the most?
posted by tweebiscuit on Nov 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Sandy Relief Organizations?

Please help me donate to Sandy Relief! [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Best electoral bang for my buck?

What's the most effective way to donate to Obama this late in the game? [more inside]
posted by turducken on Oct 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Which Democratic Senate candidates should I donate to?

I would like to help some Democratic candidates get elected to US Senate. Where will my money make the most difference? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Sep 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Does anyone want old computer memory?

Just replaced the memory in my MacBook Pro (was 2GB, now is 6GB) - what should I do with the old memory sticks? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster on Jul 21, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I purchase/donate/ship computers to a Third World school?

How can I go about purchasing computers to donate to a school in a developing country? That is, a _specific_ school -- the woman in my life is in the Peace Corps, and one of her dreams since she's been there has been to find some way to update the ancient computers at the school where she teaches. (This goal is shared by local teachers and administrators at the school.) This sort of targeted giving seems to fall outside the scope of most charities I've looked into, such as OLPC. Are there organizations suited to this kind of project, or which could offer advice on handling this (from the U.S.) as an individual? Is the latter remotely feasible? If so, what should I keep in mind, as far as insurance, taxes, shipping, customs, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mattstan on Jul 4, 2012 - 12 answers

What to do with a dying van?

What to do with a 2000 Econoline which is (not so slowly) dying? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jun 29, 2012 - 6 answers

paying it forward

Today I acquired a Kindle 4. Yay! Now I have 400+ books I'd like to donate. I'd give them to the library but I know they regularly have clear-outs, and I'd like the donation to help as much as it possibly can to people who need it the most. Any ideas where they should go? I am in the Vancouver BC area. [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday on Jun 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Interesting coin donation ideas

Please give me your groovy coin donation ideas. [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Jun 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Donating to an NGO in Uruguay

I'd like to make a donation to the SOS Rescate Fauna Marina, an NGO in Uruguay, but I'm not sure how best to do so. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on May 16, 2012 - 3 answers

What causes to donate to?

My husband and I are looking to begin donating to one LGBT rights group and one immigrants' rights group. Who should we pick? [more inside]
posted by that's how you get ants on May 10, 2012 - 23 answers

Is blood donation an efficient way to help others?

When I donate blood or platelets, how much am I helping others? Is this an efficient form of community work? Donating platelets takes a couple of hours. Should I be working those hours and donating the money or volunteering in some more active way? [more inside]
posted by Area Man on May 8, 2012 - 37 answers

Donating an iPad

Donating an iPad for use by kids with disabilities. [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Apr 30, 2012 - 10 answers

How do non-profits deal with fraudulent donations?

I'm the volunteer web developer for a local non-profit and we're having a problem with our donation page. It's the problem described in this article and this article - what's happening is that credit card thieves are using our donation page to validate stolen credit cards. [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Apr 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me figure out how much I owe the taxman

Bought a lot at the school charity auction. How do I figure how much to deduct on my taxes? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Apr 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Best practices for planned charitable giving

How can I be more consistent and organized with respect to my charitable donations? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder on Mar 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Documenting tithed amount/donation; need to keep records under a certain percentage?

What amount of my income can I claim as tithed/donated without having to have receipts or a paper trail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

What to do with this suit?

Two years ago I bought a $500 business suit for use in my mom's wedding, job interviews, etc. It's a pretty nice suit and all, but I've lost almost a hundred pounds since then. What should I do with this suit? [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Feb 21, 2012 - 20 answers

Share Your Donation Boxes!

I need ideas and links for an eye-catching wall-mounted donation box. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Feb 1, 2012 - 3 answers


Wordpress is adding a secret break tag to my Google Button code, and it's driving me batty. No one on the Google forums helped with FIXING the problem, and the one suggestion I got on Facebook from a friend was bupkis. I turn to the hive mind so that I can fix this stupid problem. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jan 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Race restrictions for apheresis?

Why would people of Hispanic descent be disallowed from donating blood products by apheresis? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Jan 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Where to give away *all the things* in Minneapolis

Where is the best place to give away / sell / donate books, clothes, furniture, etc. [Minneapolis Edition, but other cities welcome!] [more inside]
posted by gregglind on Jan 2, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I donate to animal charity without being added to a list

How can I donate to a cause without increasing the amount of mail I receive? [more inside]
posted by Yunani on Dec 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Child’s Party Invitation Help / Gift Request

Please help me figure out how to word the birthday party invitation for my daughter. [more inside]
posted by lunaazul on Nov 27, 2011 - 30 answers

How can I anonymously give money to Elizabeth Warren's campaign?

How can I give money to Elizabeth Warren's campaign without it causing my unusual name to be plastered all over the internet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Gift for 10-14 year boy?

I'm buying a charitable gift for a 10-14 year old boy and need suggestions, please. [more inside]
posted by lost_cause on Nov 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Logistics of collecting school funds for a teenager who will otherwise be married off

I am putting together a donation webpage, trying to raise tuition for a young woman in Nepal, and am looking for suggestions on the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Where to donate clothes to do the most good?

I recently lost a bunch of weight, and I have a lot of clothes that don't fit, some of which are pretty nice. What is the best place to donate them? I know Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc., will take them, but does anyone have a sense of which national organization or local outfit in Sacramento, CA, would be best? [more inside]
posted by peripatetic007 on Nov 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Land the coin, get a free taco

At some older fast-food joints and other smaller businesses, there used to be a contraption filled with water that you could insert a coin into, and hope that it'd land on a small platform. If it did, you'd get something from the business, if it didn't, your coin would go towards some charitable cause (I think). Any more details/ideas on what this was called? [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl on Nov 10, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I write-off a donation?

Tax question: How do I determine the value (if any) for a donation write-off? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Nov 2, 2011 - 11 answers

What were the PBS donation gifts for Joe Bonamassa's concert aired Saturday?

PBS recently aired a brilliant movie of guitarist Joe Bonamassa performing live during their pledge drive, which is now over. What were the various gift packages they offered and their corresponding donation levels? [more inside]
posted by Thinkmontgolfier on Oct 13, 2011 - 2 answers

AV equipment loans for the arts

How can I solicit electronic equipment for short term loan for an NYC art exhibition? It is affiliated with a non-profit and reasonably high profile, I have a PR kit ready but am having trouble finding the right contacts (at Samsung, Sony, or Panasonic for example). I need a monthlong loan of a flatscreen LED display and in exchange can offer PR opportunities, exposure to a sophisticated arts audience, and VIP performance tickets - a lot to offer!
posted by naaaaaaaaatalie on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Donating prescription meds

Where do I donate prescription medication (Topamax/Topiramate)? [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Housing First Donations?

I'd like to start giving regularly to a human services program that practices the Housing First model. Ordinarily, I'd be looking to keep my money local, but I just moved to Seattle, and the city claims to have a good record on HF, plus I can't find any non-governmental orgs doing work here. What housing first program in a major US city most needs the money? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Sep 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Requested charitable gifts we don't agree with.

Bride and groom are requesting charitable donations in lieu of wedding gifts. We like the couple, but aren't on board the charities they've chosen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2011 - 40 answers

Organ donor, or not?

Should I sign up to be an organ donor? I like the idea of individuals getting my heart, lungs, kidney, liver, eyes, etc. I do not like the idea of having my body sent to a corporation to harvest my tissues and then packaging them and selling them for profit. I've read that this does happen, hospitals and transplant centers can thereby profit from the sales as well. How can one prevent that from happening and yet allow organs to be used by those needing them. My state donation site has a blanket consent form that reads as if my body could be taken to 'another facility' and "tissues" harvested. No mention of by whom, what for, and at what price they would be sold.
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Aug 31, 2011 - 41 answers

help me make my donation more skim-proof

A canvasser signed our family up to make regular contributions to Planned Parenthood. How can I tell how much of our donation is actually being received by PP? [more inside]
posted by Sauce Trough on Aug 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Is this political donation legal?

Is it legal for me to post a video to Youtube saying I will give a lot of money to a political party if a favored bill of mine becomes law? [more inside]
posted by blargerz on Jul 23, 2011 - 9 answers

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