I've been wanting to put together a comprehensive list of organizations that will take your donations of gently used items for some time. The good news is, you can donate pretty much anything and there are several different non-profit organizations that will accept your clothing, household goods, books, eyeglasses and anything else that you need to declutter, but don't want to throw away. I'm going to list items alphabetically and include the links to the websites of organizations that will accept your donations. I'll be updating this list as I find more organizations that will accept your decluttered goods. If you know of any, please leave a comment or send an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will add it to the list. With your participation, we can make this list a valuable resource for donating goods!
Please note that you will need to contact each organization to inquire about donating your items. Some, make it easy with addresses on where to send or drop off items directly on their website. Others require you to make inquiries through e-mail.
Reconnect - Reconnect is managed by Dell and Goodwill Industries. They accept any brand of computer equipment in any condition and recycle it for free. They also accept just about anything that can be attached to a computer. Check their website for a complete list of what they accept for recycling and for their drop off locations (at some Goodwill locations).
Lion's Club International - The Lion's Club accepts donations of used eyeglasses.
New Eyes for the Needy - This organization accepts used eyeglasses and prescription lenses.
Lion's Club International - The Lion's Club accepts donations of used hearing aides.
New Eyes for the Needy - This organization accepts used hearing aides.
Household Appliances & Furniture
Habitat for Humanity - This well-known organization accepts donations of building materials, furniture and appliances. Items may be sold in a Habitat for Humanity store, which raises money for their building projects.
Excessaccess - This site requires you to sign-in and list your donations. They will match your donation to a request and notify you. You and the other party arrange delivery. You may also request items that you need.
Men's Suits, Ties and Dress Shoes
Career Gear - This organization provides interview suits and interview preparation and counseling to under-served, job-seeking men to help them become productive members of society.
Freecycle - Freecycle allows you to list items you'd like to give, for free, to others. Freecycle websites are locally run, but most cities have a Freecycle board. You and the recipient arrange pick up or drop off of items.
The Salvation Army - Most cities have a Salvation Army that allows people to donate their gently used items. They typically take clothing, household goods, toys and many other things. They'll even accept big items, like furniture and appliances. Some Salvation Army centers will pick up your donations by request. The Salvation Army typically has stores where they sell the donated items.
Goodwill - Goodwill's mission is to provide free job training, career placement and other community programs for people who have a hard time finding work for a variety of reasons. Goodwill Thrift Stores help fund that mission. What Goodwill accepts for donations varies from region to region, so those interested in donating should call ahead. Find your local Goodwill here.
Prom & Bridesmaid Dresses
DonateMyDress - This group encourages girls to donate their prom and bridesmaid dresses to others who need them.
Souls4Souls - This organization accepts donations of gently used shoes. They will donate the shoes to people in need.