Best places to donate your stuff
Sells donated items, and in turn helps individuals find jobs and develop job skills. They accept clothing and accessories, electronics, household goods, furniture, books and multimedia, and more.
The Salvation Army
Sells donated items and uses funds to help children and families, the homeless, veterans, and others in need. They accept clothing, furniture, and other household goods. Offers free pickups.
Volunteers of America
Provides support for at-risk youth, those returning from prison, the homeless, the disabled, and those struggling with addictions. Accepts clothing, household items, and other used goods at their thrift stores located in various cities throughout the US.
Clothing, shoes, and accessories
Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits
Provides resources for individuals to secure and maintain employment. Donate gently used professional apparel to one of their locations in the US.
Dress for Success
Provides professional attire and career development tools to women in need. Accepts new or nearly new suits, other business-appropriate apparel, shoes, and accessories like handbags, unused cosmetics, and jewelry. Affiliate locations are located in several cities across the US and internationally.
Animal rescue organization that accepts donations of jewelry only. Jewelry can be mailed to the address provided on their website.
One Warm Coat
Holds coat drives nationwide every fall and winter to help local charities give coats to those in need. Coat drive drop-off locations are listed on their website.
Concentrates on sustainable development projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Accepts good-quality clothing for their domestic thrift shops located throughout the US and sells clothing to overseas customers where they can be resold, creating jobs and providing a source of affordable clothing. Lesser-quality clothing is sent to recycling centers and repurposed into other things.
Collects new and gently used shoes and clothing and distributes them to those in need. Take clothes and shoes to a nearby drop-off location or ship them by purchasing a shipping label directly from their website.
Local women's and family shelters
Most are in need of gently used toys, games, and children's clothing. Contact your local women's or family shelter.
Project Night Night
Donates Night Night packages to homeless children ages 12 and under. Each package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, and a stuffed animal. Primarily accepts new items, but check their website for guidelines before donating.
Ronald McDonald House
Houses families of sick children who are hospitalized. They accept donations of toys, games, and media to stock their houses and entertain families. Contact your local Ronald McDonald House to find out their specific needs and how to donate.
SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies)
Accepts various items including stuffed animals, coloring books, books, crayons, blankets, children's clothes, and baby-related items. These items benefit children during situations such as fires, accidents, illness, neglect, abuse, homelessness, and weather emergencies. Donations are accepted at their chapter locations.
Electronics (including cell phones)
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Provides free communication services and funding to serving troops and veterans. Donate gently used or new cell phones and tablets at a drop-off location or mail them to the organization.
Get-Well Gamers Foundation
Provides video game systems and games to children's hospitals worldwide. Send new and used games, consoles, and accessories to their headquarters.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Provides services to assist survivors of domestic abuse. Donate cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game systems. Most items are refurbished and resold; proceeds support the organization’s services.
National Cristina Foundation
Provides organizations with technology to help low-income individuals, those with disabilities, and at-risk students. Accepts computers, software, printers, and other technology. Use the Non-Profit Locator on their site to find a drop-off location.
World Computer Exchange
Provides refurbished used computers to organizations in developing countries. Drop off your working computer at a local chapter or mail it to their headquarters.
Sports and fitness equipment
Bikes for the World
Sends used bicycles and parts to organizations in developing countries. Accepts bicycles, bicycle parts, and accessories at drop-off locations, through bike shop partners, and at scheduled collection events.
One World Running
International program promotes health and fitness by providing running shoes to those in need in the United States and throughout the world. Donate running shoes at drop-off locations throughout the US or mail shoes to their main location.
Provides soccer supplies to communities in need. Accepts most types of soccer equipment, including balls, pumps, jerseys, shorts, soccer socks, soccer cleats, ball bags, and more. Peace Passers connects those with gear to groups that ensure the items are used.
Most charities only accept specific types of books, particularly those most relevant to the organizations to which they donate. Always check their website first for guidelines before sending books.
Better World Books
Sells books through its website and uses the funds to support literacy programs. Shipping is free of charge for shipments of three books or more, or you can drop off books at one of their Book Bins.
Books for Africa
Ships books to schools and libraries in Africa. Donations are accepted at one of their warehouses or via mail.
Sends books to troops overseas. Sign up on their website to become a volunteer shipper and request addresses to send your books to troops overseas, veterans, or military families.
Offers a database of local charities that pick up furniture for free.
Offers an online forum where people give away goods, including furniture. Offer your furnishings on the site as a way to give to someone who may not be able to afford them otherwise.
Donated furniture funds their resale store, and you can use the Goodwill Locator to find a drop-off center.
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore
Owned by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Proceeds from the ReStore are used to help fund local and national Habitat for Humanity housing programs. Accepts new and gently used furniture at local store locations.
The Salvation Army
Salvation Army stocks furniture in their resale shop. Locate a drop-off center on the Salvation Army website.
Homeless shelters provide housing and food to those in need and often accept furniture donations. Your local United Way can provide you with a list of homeless shelters in your area.
Local women's and family shelters
Sometimes they are in need of furniture donations. Contact your local women's or family shelter.
Goodwill Industries, The Salvation Army, and other charities
Many charities with resale shops accept working small appliances. They also may accept larger appliances, but their policies vary at each location. Check with your local store.
Matter of Trust
Donation website where you can post your available items, including appliances, and you are connected with nonprofits and charities seeking the items you are offering.
American Diabetes Association
Works to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of those with diabetes. Accepts cars, trucks, boats, and RVs.
Habitat for Humanity Cars for Homes
Builds and rehabilitates homes to provide housing for families in need. Accepts cars, trucks, boats, and other vehicles.
National Kidney Foundation Kidney Cars
Dedicates their efforts to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease. They accept donations of cars, trucks, vans, boats, motorcycles, motocross bikes, power sports equipment (such as ATVs), off-road motorcycles, construction equipment, personal watercraft (such as Jet Skis), and farm equipment, including tractors with a serial number.
Offers a variety of nationwide programs for wounded soldiers, veterans, and their families. Accepts car, truck, boat, and RV donations.
The Salvation Army
Often accepts vehicle donations including boats, but not all types of vehicles are accepted at all locations. Check with your local Salvation Army first, or call them at 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) to get more information about vehicle donations.
Volunteers of America
Provides support for at-risk youth, those returning from prison, the homeless, the disabled, and those struggling with addictions. Donate your car, truck, boat, or RV. Pickup is free.
Your local high school or vocational college
You may be able to donate your used car for use in the school's auto-repair classes. Contact the school directly to discuss their needs.
Whether you want to clear your clutter or prepare for your next move, there's no better time than the present moment to start sorting your unused and unwanted things. After making a few phone calls or visiting a few websites, you can have a plan in place. When you donate your used items to do-good organizations like those listed, you'll clear your space while contributing to charitable organizations and doing your part to leave the world a better place