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Resources For Nonprofits
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3333 North Fairfax St., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314
Gifts in Kind America is an organization for 501(c)(3)
nonprofits. May supply office equipment and supplies including software,
hardware, building materials, furniture, clothing, toys, medical equipment
and supplies, personal care products and more. Gifts in Kind is the largest
of such organizations, reporting $200 million worth of products distributed
Registration is on a sliding scale, starting at
$125 for organizations with an annual budget of less than $1 million. It may provide some
press work for publicity on how your organization was helped by it.
This organization offers a very wide
range of products, though not necessarily everything you would want.
Products keep changing, so it pays to come back regularly. -IZB
Association for the Exchange of Industrial
560 McClure Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
NAEIR helps 501(c)(3) nonprofits with donated
items. Similar in scope to Gifts in Kind. This includes office equipment and supplies,
computer software, appliances, building materials, books, personal care products, sporting
goods, toys, furniture, clothing and more. There is a $375 - $575 annual membership fee.
The $575 fee entitles organizations to materials worth an average of $12,000,
it reports. NAEIR guarantees you will receive materials worth at least double your fee in the first
This fee seems high for a nonprofit
organization, but could be well worth it when it means getting goods worth
many times the fee. It may need the fees to run warehouses, etc. to handle
all these goods. -IZB
Contact their corporate giving or
Many manufacturers make hardware and
software available to nonprofits, especially organizations with tangible services, such
as soup kitchens, housing, etc. Sometimes it's not the very latest equipment
and may be
rehabilitated returns, but they are quite adequate for most nonprofit uses. For example, Compaq has
an active donation program; other possibilities for computers (and maybe printers) include
Dell, Gateway and Packard Bell.
The primary source of information regarding charitable
donations from Microsoft is http://www.microsoft.com/giving/.
In addition, you may also want to go to its website, which has information about a new
licensing program from Microsoft, specifically for 501(c)(3) orgs:
for PCs and Macs requires a letter on your organization's letterhead with a description
of what your organization does, why you need its software, and confirmation that you're
an IRS- registered organization, e.g. 501(c)(3).
See also: New
Life for Old Dinosaurs - organizations providing used computers for nonprofits and
businesses, companies, and corporations
Contact their management, corporate
giving or PR departments
be good sources of products, equipment, grants and volunteers
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