Where to donate items in the South Plainfield area

Running out of storage space? This page provides information on local, regional, and national organizations that can make good use of your used (or unused) goods!

CAUTION: This list of organizations accepting donations of goods is offered as a starting point. The listing of any organization on this page is not an endorsement by the library, and we urge you to investigate any charity before making a donation. For your convenience, we have tried to provide direct links, where available, to charity reports by the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, and/or GuideStar [NOTE: Requires free registration for access]. You can also find information about charities on the American Institute of Philanthropy's Charity Watch and ProPublica's Nonprofit Explorer websites. Please keep in mind that these groups use different criteria for evaluating charities, so we recommend that you check at least two or three before making a donation. Also, since new evaluation reports may have been added which did not exist when this page was created, please check the above sources for reports if we have not linked them here. Please consult the Donor Resources listed below for general advice on making donations.

Donor Resources

According to an article by Charity Watch, non-cash donations are one of the most common triggers to an audit by the IRS! See IRS INFORMATION on DONATED PROPERTY FOR DONORS for IRS guidelines.

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CHARITY NAVIGATOR'S GUIDE TO DONATING NON-CASH ITEMS and
Tips for Donating Your Noncash Goods

BBB WISE GIVING ALLIANCE'S ADVICE ON USED GOODS DONATIONS

BBB WISE GIVING GUIDES NEW!

MORE RESOURCES FOR DONORS

NJ 2-1-1 (Search for donation programs) UPDATED LINK!

What Can I Recycle? (Includes places to donate goods)

South Plainfield Recycling Program (Drop-Off and Curbside)

General Donations


Appliances, Hardware, Building Materials


Baby Items


Bicycles


Books


Cars & Other Vehicles

IRS DONOR'S GUIDE TO VEHICLE DONATION [Link opens a PDF]

CHARITY NAVIGATOR'S GUIDE TO DONATING YOUR CAR

CHARITY WATCH: TIPS FOR DONATING A CAR TO CHARITY


Clothing, Furniture & Household Goods

GIVE.ORG'S WISE GIVING GUIDE: THE CLOTHES OFF YOUR BACK (2016) [Link opens a PDF]


Electronics

Electronics - General

See also: Cell Phones & Phone Cards, Computer Equipment

CONSUMER REPORTS: HOW TO RECYCLE OR DONATE YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING LINKS

Cell Phones & Phone Cards

Computer Equipment

TEN TIPS FOR DONATING A COMPUTER (2016)

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING LINKS


Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids


Food & Personal Care Products


Frequent Flyer Miles, Hotel & Credit Card Reward Points

How to donate unused rewards miles, points NEW! (2018, CreditCards.com)

How to Donate Frequent-Flyer Miles to Charity (2018, TripSavvy.com)

How to Use Your Airline Miles to Reunite Immigrant and Refugee Families NEW! (2018, TravelAndLeisure.com)


Hair


Pet supplies


Toys


Originally adapted in 2012 with permission from Where to donate? Morris County, NJ, Morris County Library.