For-profit donation bins channel donations from non-profit community charities
The next time you’re out driving, take a look around at the parking lots you pass. Clothing and shoe donation boxes are popping up everywhere.
Sadly, many of these boxes were placed by out-of-state and overseas for-profit companies. Local communities receive no benefit from the donations. Some for-profit companies “rent” a charity’s name in return for giving that charity as little as 4 to 6 percent of their proceeds. Others collect donations solely for their own business purposes. Some of the for-profit entities are even bold enough to place their boxes next to legitimate nonprofit organizations. (see attached photograph)
What can well-meaning donors do?
· Know the organization you are donating to. Read the fine print on the bins, call the phone numbers listed and seek more information.
Donations are at the core of Goodwill-Suncoast’s mission. Donated items are sold in Goodwill stores and the proceeds support services that help people in the local community. More than 88 cents of every dollar earned is reinvested into programs and services for individuals with barriers to employment.
“Each year Goodwill-Suncoast helps thousands of people find employment and improve their lives,” said Deborah A. Passerini, president and CEO of Goodwill-Suncoast. “When people give to Goodwill, they can be confident that those donations will support needs within our community.”
Goodwill-Suncoast offers dozens of donation drop-off locations, including at all its stores as well as attended donation centers and donation bins that are available 24/7. To find the nearest donation site, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org and use the locator tool.
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast was founded in St. Petersburg, Fla. in 1954, and is one of the largest and most effective Goodwill organizations in the world.Its mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.The organization’s successful donated goods retail operation helps support its human services in 10 counties, including employment and training services, training centers for people with disabilities, affordable apartment communities, and community corrections programs. Goodwill is consistently ranked among the nonprofits most deserving of support based on the high percentage of revenue allocated to its programs. For more information visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org