Month: August 2018
Where to Donate Used or Old Clothes to Charity
I have a bad habit of buying clothes and never wearing them, or buying something specifically for one occasion and never wearing it again. As a result, I always seem to have a closet stuffed with clothing in great condition that I know I ll never wear.
While I could sell on eBay or sell on Craigslist, I don t have the patience for everything involved in online sales. I d rather gather up all of my unwanted clothes and drop them off at a charity once a year. In addition to providing people in need with some very nice, gently used clothing, I also receive tax deductions for donations. So really, I still get something out of my unwanted clothes.
If you have clothes taking up space in your closet, why not donate them to a national or local charity and reap the tax benefits? Clothing adds up quickly on your tax deduction worksheet, and the Salvation Army even has a Valuation Guide to make the process easy.
Where to Donate Nationally
Clothing you donate to the American Red Cross benefits victims of natural disasters. For example, the American Red Cross provided much-needed clothing to Gulf Coast evacuees during Hurricane Katrina, and for Houston-area evacuees during Hurricane Ike.
Currently, the Red Cross needs clothing for men, women, and children, as well as shoes, purses, and other accessories. You can also donate linens and small toys. You can schedule a pickup online through the American Red Cross Clothing Drive website.
2. Vietnam Veterans of America
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) provides support and services for veterans returning home after serving. These services include counseling, hospital treatments, and aid for homeless and disabled vets. The VVA sells donated items in resale shops, and the proceeds benefit the charity.
The VVA accepts clothing, shoes, and accessories in good condition. You can schedule a pickup online through the PickUpPlease website.
The Salvation Army accepts clothing for men, women, and children in good condition. Your donations go toward stocking Salvation Army family stores, and proceeds from these stores help fund the Salvation Army s adult rehabilitation centers. You can find a drop-off point or schedule a pickup online through the Salvation Army donation site.
Unemployed, low-income women often lack the funds they need to buy professional clothing for job interviews. Dress for Success provides these women with business attire for their job interviews and a week s worth of outfits when they find employment. The charity does not pick up donations, but you can find a drop-off location in your area on the Dress for Success website.
Career Gear helps low-income men get the clothing and toiletries they need for job interviews. Career Gear needs suits, formal shoes, professional men s clothing, and toiletries. You can ship your donations or drop them off if you live in the New York City area; you ll receive a tax receipt by email. For detailed instructions on shipping, visit the Career Gear website.
6. Big Brother Big Sister Foundation
The Big Brother Big Sister Foundation pairs at-risk kids with adult mentors. The foundation accepts any type of clothing in good condition. Your donations go to the foundation s resale stores, and up to 100% of the proceeds benefit the charity. You can schedule a pickup online through the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation website.
Planet Aid s mission is to create a sustainable environment while helping charities at the same time. Planet Aid has a number of drop-off bins around the country, and the charity accepts clothing for men, women, and children.
Clothing donations are recycled through textile recycling, or sold at resale shops. Proceeds from the resale shops go toward helping developing nations. You can find a drop-off bin near using the Planet Aid bin locator.
Savers helps local nonprofit groups host clothing drives. A local charity collects clothing from their supporters and turns the donated goods over to Savers. Savers pays the local charity based on the amount of merchandise collected. Savers also pays nonprofits any time you drop off a donation at a donation center.
In addition to clothing, Savers accepts small household items, DVDs, books, and other media items. Visit the Savers website to find a donation center in your area.
Donate My Dress is a national network made up of local nonprofits. These nonprofits collect new and gently used formal dresses, which are donated to low-income women so they can have the dress of their dreams for a special occasion like high school prom night. You can find a local donation center on the Donate My Dress website.
10. Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul accepts clothing donations for use in their thrift stores. Beyond providing needy families with much-needed clothing at low prices, proceeds from the sales also benefit the charity directly. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps low-income people by providing both counseling and assistance.
Different thrift stores have different clothing needs. Use the Society of St. Vincent de Paul website to find a thrift store or charity center near you.
Goodwill provides community outreach for low-income families and individuals. Goodwill has a resale shop, and the proceeds benefit the charity. You can donate clothing for men, women, and kids. You can find a local donation site on the Goodwill website.
Where to Donate Locally
Most churches accept many different types of donations, including clothing. Often, the clothing is given to other church members. For example, a church in my area recently hosted a clothing drive for a family that lost all their belongings in a house fire. Contact local churches in your area for more information.
13. Community Outreach Centers
Community outreach centers often accept clothing donations, and any clothing you donate will be given to a needy family in your area. For example, my local community outreach center does an annual clothing drive to collect school uniforms, coats, and play clothes for low-income kids in my area. Some community outreach centers also take book donations as well.
14. Homeless Shelters and Missions
The main goal of a homeless shelter or mission is to provide people with a safe place to stay, but many shelters also accept clothing donations. These shelters accept all kinds of clothing, but have a serious need for coats and warm blankets during the cold winter months.
While some second hand thrift stores are for-profit, you can still do some good in your community by donating your unwanted clothes. Thrift stores resell clothing at rock-bottom prices, which are affordable to low-income families. You will not receive a tax break for dropping your clothes off at a thrift store, but you will help out people in your community.
16. School Clothing Drives
Many public schools do clothing drives once or twice a year. Hosting the clothing drive helps the students learn about the importance of charity, and the schools usually donate the clothes they collect to charities. Be sure to check with the school about tax deductions before you donate.
No matter which charity you choose, your unused clothes will do more good in a donation bin than sitting in your closet. Try to schedule a clear-out once a year for everyone in your household. Donating annually helps ensure that the clothes you donate are still in style.
For tax purposes, retain your receipt, and keep track of how many clothes you donate and their condition. This info will come in handy when you file and protect you in case you are audited by the IRS.
Have you donated your clothes to a charity before? Which charities do you prefer?
How to Donate Blood
Donating blood is a small sacrifice that can make a big difference. Fortunately, the process is an easy one, and only requires you to make a few simple preparations. First, contact your local health clinic or blood drive program to find out whether you’re an eligible donor. On the day of the donation, bring 2 valid forms of photo ID, wear short-sleeved or loose-fitting clothing, and make sure you’re properly fed and hydrated. Following a short review of your medical information, you’ll get a little poke and be sent on your way with the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped save a life.
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What is An Unincorporated Nonprofit Association?
What happens, legally speaking, when a group of people get together and decide to perform some task without filing any legal paperwork or establishing any formal legal structure? Whether they know it or not, they have formed an unincorporated association. Unincorporated association” means an unincorporated group of two or more persons joined by mutual consent for a common lawful purpose, whether organized for profit or not.
Now, if the lawful purpose they ve joined together to accomplish includes earning a profit, their association is automatically a partnership or joint venture for tax and most other legal purposes. For example, if two people get together and decide to operate a food truck, they ve formed a partnership, even if they file no paperwork.
But, if the purpose for the association is to benefit the public some way, and does not include earning a profit, the association s members have formed an unincorporated nonprofit association. People form nonprofit unincorporated associations all the time; often without being aware of it. For example, if you and several of your neighbors get together to help raise funds to keep your local library branch open, you ve formed an unincorporated nonprofit association.
If an unincorporated association s purpose is charitable, educational, and/or scientific in nature, it can qualify as a Section 501(c)(3) organization (also called a public charity). Contributions to Section 501(c)(3)s are tax deductible. If an unincorporated charitable nonprofit has less than $5,000 in annual revenues, it may function as a 501(c)(3) without applying for IRS recognition of its status. However, as a practical matter, it may be difficult to obtain contributions without an IRS determination letter officially recognizing the nonprofit as a Section 5010(c)(3) organization.
An association with over $5,000 in revenue must apply for recognition from the IRS by filing IRS Form 1023. It is not necessary for an unincorporated association to convert to a nonprofit corporation to obtain IRS recognition of its Section 510(c)(3) status. However, the association must adopt written bylaws or a constitution, and include it with its IRS application. It s probably easier to form a nonprofit corporation than to adopt such bylaws or constitution.
The biggest drawback to the unincorporated nonprofit association, and the reason nonprofits often abandon this form in favor of a nonprofit corporation, is that it has no separate legal existence apart from its members. Because it is not respected as a separate legal entity, its members generally can be personally liable for its debts and liabilities. Some states, such as California, give some limited liability to nonprofit association members; but it s not as good as the protection obtainable from a nonprofit corporation. Moreover, unless your state law contains an enabling statute granting such rights entities, an unincorporated association cannot hold or receive property, or sign contracts, in its own name.
Because of these limitations, nonprofit unincorporated associations are usually used to accomplish limited short-term goals, such as raising funds for a library. Nonprofits with long-term missions should usually incorporate. For more on incorporating, see Nolo’s article, Five Reasons to Incorporate Your Nonprofit.
How the IRS Classifies Nonprofit Organizations
If you are confused about nonprofit organizations, don t feel too bad. We tend to lump all nonprofits into one heap, when, in fact, there are several types of nonprofits.
The IRS recognizes 27 types of nonprofit organizations in fact. They are, to one degree or another, exempt from federal taxes and many state taxes. And each type is different when it comes to eligibility, lobbying, electioneering and tax deductible contributions.
A separate subsection of the 501(c) section of the tax code rules each type of nonprofit.
With so many kinds of nonprofits, they are hard to avoid. For instance, the daycare where your child may spend his days is a 501(k) nonprofit. The Chamber of Commerce your small business might belong to is a 501(c)(6). And the credit union where you bank might be a 501(c)(1).
However, the most common type of nonprofit organization is the 501(c)(3). These are the nonprofits we most commonly contribute to, volunteer for, and hear about through the media. We most likely think about the 501(c)(3) classification when we do our taxes Was that donation made to a tax-exempt nonprofit charity or not?
Here is a list of many of the most common types of nonprofits that the IRS recognizes. This information comes from IRS Publication 557, your bible if you are considering filing for nonprofit status. Also, IRS Publication 526 provides information about which of these organization can accept tax-deductible contributions.
Check out these publications for more specific information about nonprofit classifications.
These are corporations organized under Act of Congress. Federal Credit Unions are a good example of this type of nonprofit. These nonprofits do not have to file an annual return. Tax-exempt contributions are allowed if they are made for exclusively public purposes.
These are holding corporations for exempt organizations. That is, they can hold title to the property of an exempt group. They apply for nonprofit status using IRS form 1024. They annually file forms 990 or 990EZ.
This is the most common type of nonprofit. It includes organizations that are religious, educational, charitable, scientific, and literary; groups that test for public safety, that foster national or international amateur sports competition; or organizations engaged in the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
This type of nonprofit applies for its status using IRS form 1023, and files annually Form 990, 990EZ, or 990-PF. Contributions are usually tax-exempt.
All 501(c)(3) organizations are considered either:
- A private foundation. These are nonprofits that don t qualify as public charities. Foundations may be sub-classified as private operating foundations or private non-operating foundations and receive some of the advantages of public charities.
- Or a public charity. These are the organizations we typically donate to.
These are civic leagues, social welfare organizations, and local associations of employees. They promote community welfare, charitable, education or recreational goals.
They apply using IRS Form 1024. They file annually 990 or 990EZ. This type of nonprofit is often confused with the 501(c)(3). But they are very different, especially regarding permissible political activity.
Labor, agricultural, and horticultural organizations fit under this classification. They are educational or instructive, with the goal of improving conditions of work, and to improve products and efficiency. They apply by using IRS Form 1024, and file annually form 990 or 990EZ.
These organizations are business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, etc. They seek to improve business conditions. They apply using IRS form 1024 and file annually the 990 or 990EZ.
Social and recreation clubs fall into this category. They promote pleasure, recreation, and social activities.
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Am I Eligible – Blood Centers of the Pacific, requirements to donate blood.#Requirements #to
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Am I Eligible
Find out if you are eligible to donate blood.
- Am I Eligible
General Requirements for Blood Donation
Blood Donor Qualifications: (English) (Spanish)
- Age: 18(16 and 17 year-olds can donate with a Minor Donor Permission Form signed by a parent or guardian)(Spanish)
- Weight: At least 110 lbs
(different requirements for 16-22 year-olds see Blood Donor Qualifications)
Health: General good health Identification: Valid identification such as a driver’s license,
DMV identification card, passport, etc.
- Diet: A well-balanced meal is recommended within four hours of donation.
- Hydrate: Being well-hydrated helps donors maintain blood volume and can prevent dizziness or fainting.
Do not donate if any of the following apply to you:
- HIV/AIDS: You are a person with symptoms or laboratory evidence of HIV infection.
- Cancer: Hematological, ie: Hodgkin, Leukemia, Lymphomas.
- Hepatitis: A history of the disease after the age of 11, or a positive lab test for the virus.
- Organ Failure: Kidney, lung or liver failure.
- Recreational Drug Use (by injection): Having injected yourself with drugs not prescribed by a physician.
- United Kingdom: You have visited or lived in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Gibraltar or Falkland Islands for a total of 3 months or more from 1980 thru 1996.
- European Countries: If you have spent a cumulative of 5 years or more since 1980.
- U.S. Military/Dependents/Civilian Military Employee: If you are U.S. Military/Dependent/Civilian Military Employee who spent a cumulative of six months or more between 1980 thru 1996 associated with a military base in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy or Greece, and/or 1980 thru 1990 in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany.
- Sexual History: You have engaged in sex for money or drugs since 1977.
- Travel to certain countries may temporarily restrict you from donating blood. Please call 888-393-4483 for more information or click here.
Questions About Eligibility
You may need to wait before donating blood if any of the following apply:
DMV identification card, passport, etc.
According to the American Red Cross, there’s a 97% chance that someone you know will need a blood transfusion. Blood donors especially donors with certain blood types are always in demand.
To donate blood, the American Red Cross requires that people be at least 17 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds. (In some states, the age is 16 with a parent’s permission.)
Donors must be in good health and will be screened for certain medical conditions, such as anemia. Donors who meet these requirements can give blood every 56 days.
Blood donation starts before you walk in the door of the blood bank. Eat a normal breakfast or lunch this is not a good time to skip meals but stay away from fatty foods like burgers or fries. And be sure to drink plenty of water, milk, or other liquids.
Before donating, you’ll need to answer some questions about your medical history, and have your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and blood count checked. The medical history includes questions that help blood bank staff decide if a person is healthy enough to donate blood. They’ll probably ask about any recent travel, infections, medicines, and health problems.
Donated blood gets tested for viruses, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, and West Nile virus. If any of these things are found, the blood is destroyed. Because blood can be infected with bacteria as well as viruses, certain blood components are tested for contamination with bacteria as well.
What’s It Like to Donate Blood?
The actual donation takes about 10 minutes. It’s a lot like getting a blood test. After you’re done, you’ll want to sit and rest for a few minutes, drink lots of fluids, and take it easy the rest of the day (no hard workouts!). Your local blood bank or Red Cross can give you more information on what it’s like and what you need to do.
Are There Any Risks?
A person can’t get an infection or disease from giving blood. The needles and other equipment used are sterile and they’re used only on one person and then thrown away. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates U.S. blood banks. All blood centers must pass regular inspections in order to keep operating.
Sometimes people who donate blood notice a few minor side effects like nausea, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting, but these symptoms usually go away quickly.
The donor’s body usually replaces the liquid part of blood (plasma) within 72 hours after giving blood. It generally takes about 4 8 weeks to regenerate the red blood cells lost during a blood donation. An iron-fortified diet plus daily iron tablets can help rebuild a donor’s red blood supply.
The Red Cross estimates that 15% of all blood donors in the United States are high school or college students an impressive number when you consider you have to be 16 or 17 to donate blood. If you are eligible and want to donate blood, contact your local blood bank or the American Red Cross for more information on what’s involved. You could save someone’s life.
Starting a nonprofit, Establishment, Nonprofit Management, Knowledge Base, Tools, GrantSpace, non profit association.#Non #profit
Starting a nonprofit organization can be an inspiring way to give back to your community and help those in need. However, it is important to understand all of the steps involved in this process before moving forward. Growing and sustaining a nonprofit may take years of effort and a great deal of determination.
The information provided here is intended to offer general guidance on how to form a nonprofit organization. Please note that specific steps may vary for each state, and we recommend consulting with a legal or tax professional for detailed assistance.
Step 1: Do Your Homework
Conduct a needs analysis. Find out if organizations (nonprofit, for-profit, or government) are already doing the same or similar work in your community. It will be harder to get support if you are just duplicating existing services, versus improving or adding to them.
Also find demographic or population data that shows a need for your services, and explain how that need is not being met. Where can I find demographic information about my community?
Know the alternatives. Forming a new nonprofit might be the most complicated way to act on your passion to serve your community. The biggest challenge for most new nonprofits is to develop and maintain reliable income streams. Estimates vary, but most experts agree that less than half of nonprofit startups survive beyond five years. Of those that survive, perhaps one-third are in financial distress.
Consider alternatives that can let you essentially operate as a nonprofit but with far less effort and cost. Thus, you can focus your efforts on serving your community right now while you develop experience and support that will serve you well if you eventually decide to form a separate organization.
Step 2: Build a Solid Foundation
- Draft your mission statement. Developing your mission statement is a critical first step. It communicates your nonprofit’s purpose, what groups it serves, and how it will serve them. Every decision and action in your organization should support and further your mission. Where can I learn about nonprofit mission statements?
Step 3: Incorporate Your Nonprofit
Why should you incorporate?
- Having a formal structure will give credibility to your programs and services.
- The corporate structure limits the liability of the organization’s officers and directors.
- The IRS requires organizing documents and governance policies and procedures that are usually associated with corporations.
Learn more about how to incorporate your nonprofit. Filings and fees will vary by state. Also note, incorporation registers your nonprofit, but it does not make it 501(c)(3) exempt.
Step 4: File for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status
Apply for exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Be aware, the user fee will be $400 or $850, depending on whether you expect your average annual gross receipts to exceed $10,000 annually over a four-year period. It also can take 3-12 months for the IRS to return its decision, depending on how many questions the IRS has about your application. Where can I get help filling out my incorporation and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) paperwork?
Step 5: Ongoing Compliance
- Register with your state’s agency that regulates charitable organizations and charitable solicitations (usually the Attorney General). If you plan to solicit contributions in other states, you will need to register there, too. Again, registration requirements will vary with each state. Learn more:
Use the Nonprofit Startup Resources by State to view state-by-state nonprofit startup resources such as startup guides, nonprofit associations, legal support organizations, technical assistance, state filing agencies and more! Find your state
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Where To Donate Sports Equipment – Chicago Wolves, donate sports equipment.#Donate #sports #equipment
Where To Donate Sports Equipment
The following organizations accept sports equipment donations:
- Savers Thrift Superstore: sports and exercise equipments, skis
- Chicago Public Schools
- Girls In The Game: soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, cones, tennis balls, bike helmets, flag football flags, Nerf footballs, hurdles, exercise bands, bikes, softball bases, swim goggles caps, extension cords, boomboxes, floor hockey balls, sticks goals.
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Sports Gift would like to thank you for your donation of sports equipment to help children living in poverty play sports. Below is a list of the sports equipment items Sports Gift accepts in each sports category. The items can be gently used or new. Please only send us items on this list. If you would like to inventory the items you donate for a receipt, print and complete the Collection Report and include a copy in your shipment.
Baseballs and softballs
Mitts / batting gloves
Uniforms (pants, shirts, belts, socks)
Uniforms (sets of 5 or more only)
Basketball nets (not rims or posts)
Headbands and wristbands
Extra new shoe laces
Air pumps for balls & needles
Training cones and supplies
Practice pennies / vests
Ball and equipment bags
Flag football sets
Award medals and ribbons (no trophies)
Rubber balls and kick balls
Uniforms (jerseys, shorts, socks)
Goalie jerseys, pants and gloves
Portable goal sets (pop up only)
Soccer goal nets
New grips and overgrips
Volleyball nets (not posts)
Sand court nylon lines
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Note on Shipping: Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to pay in-bound shipping costs, so we ask that donors pay the cost of shipping sports equipment donations to us. Some tips on shipping to save money include: i) deflate balls, ii) remove any items not on our approved list, iii) use standard square or rectangle shaped boxes, iv) fewer larger boxes are cheaper than many small boxes, and v) use the slowest ground method of shipping the carrier offers.
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