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Charitable Giving Tips
We get many calls asking where things like cars, computers and furniture can be donated. Below is a list of who takes what in the Washington, DC area. Here is a list for the San Francisco Bay Area. Here is a list for Southern California.
We tell you what each charity accepts, where and whether they will pick up. These charities are listed alphabetically by name in this list.
This is a list of the DC-area charities that accept donations of various items. All have met the accountability standards of the Combined Federal Campaign, the federal charity drive. The list is organized into five broad categories: Vehicles, Household Items, Personal Items, Computers and Office Supplies, and Other Items.
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