Mashable’s social good writer, Katie Dupere, recently uncovered the donations that organization’s need most, but often don’t get enough of. Mashable is a leading source for news, information and resources.
13 Essential Items You Never Thought to Donate to Those in Need
By Katie Dupere | Mashable | 6/9/15
Giving back is important, but all those canned pineapples and piles of forgotten T-shirts aren’t really doing the trick.
It’s true that whatever you donate — as long as it’s gently used, unexpired and socially acceptable to donate — is probably doing some good. But we all need to think critically about our donation practices, and wonder whether there’s an overlooked, unfilled need when it comes to what isn’t being donated.
Along with your regular donations of food and clothes, consider dropping off one of these essentials next time you hit the donation center.
- Toilet paper
- Small bottles of bath essentials
- Dental hygiene essentials
- First-aid items
- Feminine care products
- Underwear and socks
- School supplies in the middle of the school year
- Gently used bicycles
- Old cellphones
- Sturdy bags and boxes to easily carry goods
Most Needed Donations
Mobile giving has seen double-digit growth over the past few years, but there are times when your organization needs time-sensitive, in-kind donations too. Supporters and local businesses will become engaged with your organization when they feel they are making a difference by filling tangible needs. Reaching out to your community is a great way to increase awareness and build relationships.
Ask, And You Shall Receive
When your supplies are running low or completely depleted, asking supporters for most needed donations ASAP is crucial. That’s where mobile messaging can save the day! If you’ve had supporters subscribe or donate by texting a keyword, you already have their validated mobile number at the ready when you’re in a pinch for much-needed items.
Asking for in-kind donations gives donors an alternative to monetary contributions that could make them feel good by filling a very specific need for your nonprofit – especially if you tell them how these urgently needed items or services will make an impact. Social media is also a great platform for posting requests and thanking donors.
When you’re ready to start, use mobile messaging to text the list of your most needed donations, or a link to the list on your website, for supporters to conveniently refer to when they are out doing their shopping. Don’t forget to include the drop-off location and hours!
Here are 3 Examples of In-Kind Requests We Love (That Can Be Messaged to Supporters)