One man's trash ... donating your unusual household treasures.
Don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what to do with grandma's antique grand piano or that 1985 Chew taking up space in your driveway? Before searching high and low for a buyer, you might consider donating the items to charity.
There are more than 1 million charitable organizations This article is about charitable organizations. For other uses of the word charity, see Charity.
A charitable organization (also known as a charity) is an organization with charitable purposes only. in the country that qualify as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Although the most commonly donated do·nate
v. do·nat·ed, do·nat·ing, do·nates
To present as a gift to a fund or cause; contribute.
To make a contribution to a fund or cause. items are clothes and automobiles, there are charities that accept other items, from televisions to appliances, if you know where to look.
"No matter what you want to support, whether it be cleaning up your town's rivers, helping refugees Individuals who leave their native country for social, political, or religious reasons, or who are forced to leave as a result of any type of disaster, including war, political upheaval, and famine. in the Sudan, or spaying spaying: see castration. feral cats “Stray cat” redirects here. For the band, see Stray Cats.
Feral cats are the descendants of domesticated cats that were abandoned by their owners or that strayed into wild areas from their homes. in Kansas, there's a charity out there that matches your intentions," says Sandra Miniutti, a representative of Charity Navigator Charity Navigator is an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates American charities. Their stated goal is "to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities. (www.charitynavigator.org), a Website that provides free information on the financial health of more than 4,000 charities.
Any items you donate to a legitimate charity can be deducted de·duct
v. de·duct·ed, de·duct·ing, de·ducts
1. To take away (a quantity) from another; subtract.
2. To derive by deduction; deduce.
v.intr. for the fair market value of that item when you file your taxes. The IRS An abbreviation for the Internal Revenue Service, a federal agency charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing internal revenue laws. defines fair market value as what the item would sell for in its current condition. To verify whether a charity is eligible to receive gifts that are tax deductible That which may be taken away or subtracted. In taxation, an item that may be subtracted from gross income or adjusted gross income in determining taxable income (e.g., interest expenses, charitable contributions, certain taxes). , read Publication 78 at www.IRS.gov.
"We encourage donors to look at more than just the numbers when considering making a donation of goods," says Bennett Weiner, chief operating officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (www.give.org). "Find out more about the nature of the organizations' mission and how it will use the donated items and what portion of the sale will go to the charity."
When giving items that may be difficult to donate, Weiner encourages people to think about what type of organization might be able to use such items, like a blender, old television, piano, or car and search for the charity accordingly. "Seek out charities involved with musical activities (choir groups, music departments of schools, nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. theater groups, nonprofit orchestras, etc.) if donating a piano," he says.
If your household plans to claim more than $500 of donated goods on taxes, you will need to fill out a special schedule in addition to your 1040, which can be found on the IRS Website. Whether the item donated sells for $25 or $2,500, you should always ask for an itemized receipt in the event you face an audit. Be aware that new rules for the donation of used cars went into effect January 2005. Instead of claiming the fair market value of the automobile, you are required to get a receipt from the charity stating what the car sold for at auction. Though a car's fair market value may be $1,200, if it sold for $800, the lesser amount is the maximum you can claim.
Another option is to check with the attorney general's office for your state. Most states require that charities register with a state agency if they are to solicit in that state. You can also visit www.naseonet.org, the National Association of State Charity Officials. "Don't settle for an organization that isn't an exact match for your beliefs, ideals, and goals," says Miniutti.
ORGANIZATION WHAT THEY TAKE WHO DOES THE MOVING Materials for Pianos, telephones, You can drop off items or the Arts answering machines, schedule a pick up frames, fabrics, chairs Easter Seals Car Cars, trailers, boats, They provide a free pick Donation Program other vehicles up The Salvation Army Clothes, furniture, Schedule a free pick up; household items, bedding many branches require a min. for that service World Computer Computers Drop them off at one of Exchange their nationwide locations Goodwill Clothes, jewelry, CDs, Drop off items or have International tapes household items, them picked up (three toys bag minimum) ORGANIZATION URL Materials for www.mfta.org the Arts Easter Seals Car www.vehicledonation.com Donation Program The Salvation Army www.salvationarmyusa.org World Computer www.worldcomputerexchange.org Exchange Goodwill www.goodwill.org International