Organizations Near You to Donate Office Supplies and Equipment

Get a tax receipt and help charitable groups do good

Use this list to come up with a group of organizations near you where you can donate office equipment, furniture and office supplies. You or your business can get a tax receipt for most in-kind donations. Plus, you can promote your business as a "green" business doing its part to help the environment.

Related: Places to Donate Used Computers, Monitors and TVs

Freecycle Network

Freecycle Network
Freecycle Network. Freecycle Network

Freecycle is a nonprofit organization, but you cannot get a tax receipt for recycling items through its free list serv. However, you can feel good knowing that when you use Freecycle you are helping the environment by recycling your unwanted items.

Freecycle is a free Internet service that allows people to offer items they no longer need for free to others who can use them. They might be people in need or organizations that serve people in need. As schools and other institutions become more educated about environmental sustainability, they are increasingly using Freecycle to get rid of unwanted food and other items around campus that in the past would have simply been thrown away.

To join Freecycle (it’s free, hence the name), visit the website and locate the list that serves your geographic area. Be sure to read Freecycle’s rules for posting. The lists are moderated and anyone who abuses the posting privileges will be banned from the list.

Donations Accepted: Anything that can be legally given away except for animals and other living creatures. If you can no longer provide a loving and stable home for a pet or stray animal you've encountered, contact your local animal shelter.  More

Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries
Goodwill Industries. Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries is one of the world's largest nonprofit organizations that trains and employs people with disabilities. It also trains people who suffer from a variety of economic disadvantages. The organization accepts donated items and sells them at substantial discounts through a network of more than 1,500 Goodwill retail stores.

The proceeds fund programs to benefit the disabled, illiterate, homeless, and people on welfare by providing job training and placement programs.

Donations Accepted: Office equipment, usable household items, jewelry, toys, clothing, etc. Many locations also accept books and certain types of furniture. If you're not sure what to donate or can't narrow down your list, call your local Goodwill to see which items they have a particular need for at this time.

You should only donate items that are in decent condition. After all, who would want a ratty piece of clothing or stained furniture with the stuffing come out of it in tufts? If your furniture or equipment is in bad shape, it's better to discard it or have it recycled somewhere, if possible. More

iLoveSchools is a free donor-matching service to help teachers find the supplies they need. It is similar to other sites such as the well-known

School teachers build WishLists for the equipment, materials, and supplies they need to stock their classrooms. Any given school year, teachers on average spend several hundred dollars on school supplies, so this service is a genuine help to them. Donors can locate teachers through the website using the WishList search.

If you want your office supplies and equipment to stay within your own community, try iLoveSchools. You can also ask a teacher in your life if she's signed up for fundraising efforts on any particular site. This will allow you to donate directly to the teacher in question. More

Everyone Benefits When You Go Green

When you take the time to donate unwanted items for reuse, resale or recycling, everyone benefits. Your business may get a tax donation, and when you go "green" you become part of the solution instead of being part of the problem. The charities you donate to also benefit. It is a win-win for everyone when you look for alternatives to simply tossing items into the trash.

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