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Pass It On: A Resource-Full Guide to Donating Usable Stuff
Since 1997, Pass It On: A Resource-Full Guide to Donating Usable Stuff has been helping thousands of people pass on their unwanted but usable items to those in need. This new on-line version of our popular booklet lists community service organizations that use donated items to support their work. These organizations work on behalf of youth, seniors, the homeless and others in Cuyahoga County.
Use the pull down menus to quickly find the names of organizations that accept the items you wish to donate. We hope that you will use this resource before throwing away your usable stuff. Doing so will help others while reducing waste and conserving natural resources.
Tips on Donating Usable Stuff
When donating your unwanted items make sure they are clean and are in usable, working condition. You must call the organization you have selected before dropping off your items. Donations that have not been arranged or have been left after hours can become "uncharitable" donations if they are not needed or are unusable.
While Pass It On lists 138 places to donate unwanted items in Cuyahoga County, it is not exhaustive. Other donation possibilities exist in your local school, church, theater company, nursing home and library. Be creative and think of who might benefit from your unwanted items
Is My Donation Tax Deductible?
Your donation of used goods may be tax-deductible. Below are some general tax tips related to donating. For complete information contact your accountant or tax advisor.
- Individual contributions of $250 or more must be substantiated with written proof from the charity.
- The Internal Revenue Service lets taxpayers claim the "fair market value" of the item at the time the donation is made. While most charities will provide a receipt for your donation, most will not appraise the value of donated items. To help you determine the value of your donation, obtain a copy of IRS Publication #526 (for individuals) or #542 (for corporations), entitled "Charitable Contributions."
- Contributions to civic leagues, social clubs and business leagues are not tax-deductible; nor are donations made to for-profit thrift stores or merchandise sold on consignment.
Download Pass It On: A Resource-Full Guide to Donating Usable Stuff or request a printed copy.