I'm raising funds for a non-profit, and I have a quota to meet. They have an online donation form, but I need donations attributed to me. And there's no way for me to look over the list. How can I accept online donations? [more inside]
posted by jander03
on Nov 30, 2013 -
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]
posted by Frank Grimes
on Nov 17, 2013 -
A very close and dear friend of mine passed away a few days ago at a very young age and left behind a wife and 2 very young children ages 3 and 1. I would like to set up an investment fund for his children in his memory which people can donate to and will accrue interest until they are ready for college. To increase the chances people will donate I want it to be possible to use paypal or google wallet. I know nothing about finance or laws or any of the things that I imagine come with setting this up. Can anyone advise? Thanks in advance
posted by postergeist
on Nov 12, 2013 -
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!
posted by onlyconnect
on Oct 8, 2013 -
I think the far right House representatives causing the current shutdown deserve political consequences, which I would like to take the form of losing their seats. As a non-US citizen, I cannot give money directly to any politician or campaign or related group (right?
). So what's the next best option? [more inside]
posted by jacalata
on Oct 2, 2013 -
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 -
I'm the director of a local road race that raises funds for our public school, and I'm looking for a reasonable online app that lets us solicit credit card donations via individual participant pages which would associate given donations with the participants who solicited them. [more inside]
posted by delfuego
on Jan 20, 2013 -
Wrongful death in the family. In lieu of flowers / Memorial donations?
Help me, hive mind.
posted by anonymous
on Nov 23, 2012 -
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]
posted by lilboo
on Nov 7, 2012 -
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]
posted by yankeefog
on Oct 24, 2012 -
What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels
on Oct 21, 2012 -
Is there a way to politely tell my friend that his monetary requests for a memorial donation are self-defeating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 18, 2012 -
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?
posted by corb
on Feb 12, 2012 -
Let's assume Susan G. Komen has found an all-encompassing cure for [breast] cancer. Who owns the rights to the patent? [more inside]
posted by aca.int
on Feb 4, 2012 -
Can anyone point me to write-ups of people asking online for donations for "my medical bills" or "a sick friend" which turned out to be lies? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh
on Jan 30, 2012 -
I'm part of a fairly small (about 60 members) online community and over the last day, one of our members was made homeless and lost all of her possessions in a fire. We're getting together donations to try and help her get back up on her feet, but a lot of people are concerned about using Paypal due to the recent problems that regretsy have had with trying to fundraise through it. Are there any reliable alternatives that we could use?
posted by emperor.seamus
on Dec 10, 2011 -
I know I'm a chronically early planner, but bear with me. I have two questions about the upcoming holidays:
1) Organizations similar to this one
that sends shoe boxes of toys to needy children.
2) Random acts of anonymous kindess but AT WORK.
More details inside: [more inside]
posted by librarianamy
on Nov 3, 2011 -
The question was asked, What does the library do with donated books?
and one of the respondents said that library staff screen donations and then decide what to do with, or where to send each book. These people were referred to as "Selectors."
I'm curious about the process of 'Selecting' on behalf of a library. What I mean is, How do libraries generally decide what gets added to the catalog (approved for processing) and what gets rejected (sent off to the 'Friends bookstore' or what have you).
I'm sure each library has its own needs to consider but, generally speaking, are there some set of basic guidelines that most Selectors employ in the initial screening process?
posted by mousepad
on Oct 14, 2011 -
Boy brought home this ancient science book from the school library. I mean, so ancient that it was just flat out false. (It was about global warming, and had been written in the 80's and 90's. It was hopelessly out of date.)
When I talked to the librarian about it, she said that they had almost no books newer than 10 years old, and that more than half the collection was over 25 years old. It is one of the oldest library collection in North Texas schools. [more inside]
posted by dejah420
on Sep 15, 2011 -
How can a family who's child has Leukemia collect money, and give tax deductions to donors? [more inside]
posted by punkbitch
on May 5, 2011 -
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]
posted by blindcarboncopy
on Apr 20, 2011 -
DC area (Arlington, VA specifically) charities that will come pick up furniture donations? Preferably alternatives to the Salvation Army? [more inside]
posted by alaijmw
on Apr 18, 2011 -
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?
posted by markkraft
on Apr 9, 2011 -
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]
posted by covercash
on Feb 24, 2011 -
Google Checkout: No payouts, frozen bank account info, and Google seems to be ignoring all messages sent via their help form. Any advice on how to proceed & how to get our payouts? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna
on Feb 16, 2011 -
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]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb
on Jan 4, 2011 -
I just found $200 that a family member had given me in 2008 to donate to Obama's campaign. Obviously, I never did that. What should I do with the money? [more inside]
posted by Maude_the_destroyer
on Dec 11, 2010 -
Non-profit donation question: The non-profit I'm working with is holding a benefit and would like to be able to accept credit card donations at the event. I'm running into trouble figuring out how to do this without having a laptop at the event. Anyone have experience with this type of situation? [more inside]
posted by JenMarie
on Nov 17, 2010 -
I own a forum which caters to a narrow interest in a small language, so it will never be huge. However, I still have to pay for hosting and decided to spring for a vBulletin licence last year. So I'm paying a modest sum out of pocket yearly. To help offset this I'm currently running a low level of AdSense ads. This does not bring in much, but I'm unwilling to "upgrade" to big, annoying ads. I'm considering implementing a PayPal donation button. What I'm unsure of are the social dynamics of this. [more inside]
posted by Harald74
on Apr 26, 2010 -
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]
posted by greenmagnet
on Feb 26, 2010 -
Where can I buy an outdoor steel or plastic collection box? The purpose would be to collect returns or book donations to the library. [more inside]
posted by christopherbdnk
on Jan 14, 2010 -
A close relative whom I don't want to alienate, has made a very public request from me for a donation towards a cause I don't believe in. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by KWittman
on Jan 9, 2010 -
Westboro Baptist Church is coming to my area this upcoming week and I've started an economic counter protest (through Facebook) with people pledging $1/minute to the Matthew Shepard Foundation for every minute they're here. We've raised over 35,000 dollars so far -- and now I'm trying to brainstorm how to get some major blog coverage so we can up our donation amount even further. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer
on Dec 5, 2009 -
I'm on the board of directors of an org that's hosting an event. I'm expected to pay my way to the event, though I'm teaching and donating my time. This is a serious financial hardship for me, but not for some of my peers. How do I ask for/get assistance when they don't need it? How do I encourage the org to move to this model for everyone? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay
on Oct 4, 2009 -
Will anyone in San Francisco pick up medical equipment donations? I have a wheelchair, bedside commode, walker, and some other significant hardware that I'd like to donate, but I don't have a car. Does anyone know any org that will pick up?
posted by mrgrimm
on Aug 28, 2009 -
How can I go about writing a request letter to local companies asking for donations for an elementary school project? [more inside]
posted by RoseyD
on Aug 14, 2009 -