Charity Choices

A Resource for Donors

Who Takes What in the DC Area?

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. 

To learn more about each charity’s policies and drop-off procedures for donations, go to the alphabetical list of DC-area charities that accept donations.

VEHICLES

Cars

Alley Cat Allies
American Kidney Fund
American Red Cross
Arthritis Foundation
Child Welfare League of America
Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries
Days End Farm Horse Rescue
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Jewish Council for the Aging
Jewish Foundation Group Homes
Jewish Social Service Agency
Planned Parenthood Association of Metropolitan Washington
Salvation Army
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League
The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

Trucks and vans

Arthritis Foundation
Child Welfare League of America
DC Habitat for Humanity
Jewish Council for the Aging
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
N St. Village
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County
The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

To learn more about each charity’s policies and drop-off procedures for donations, go to the alphabetical list of DC-area charities that accept donations.

 

HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Antiques

Alley Cat Allies
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia ReStore
Jewish Social Service Agency

Appliances

Goodwill Industries
Planned Parenthood Association of Metropolitan Washington (small)
Arthritis Foundation
Neighbor’s Consejo
Habitat for Humanity of Northern VA ReStore

Furniture

Arthritis Foundation
Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries
DC Coalition for the Homeless
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia ReStore  
Neighbor’s Consejo
Salvation Army
SIDS Educational Services          

Glassware

Interfaith Works
Jewish Social Service Agency
Neighbor’s Consejo

Household items

Alternative House
DC Coalition for the Homeless
Interfaith Works
N St. Village
Neighbor’s Consejo
Smithsonian National Zoo

To learn more about each charity’s policies and drop-off procedures for donations, go to the alphabetical list of DC-area charities that accept donations.

 

PERSONAL ITEMS

NOTE:  Planet Aid’s yellow clothes donation bins are all over the DC area and many other parts of the country.  They offer an easy way to donate clothes and shoes.  However, Planet Aid has been strongly criticized by Charity Watch, earning an “F” rating. 

It has also been the subject of a very interesting radio documentary by Reveal, which is part of the Center for Investigative Reporting.  Reveal found that Planet Aid is tied to a secretive Danish organization known as the Teachers Group.  It also found little evidence of Planet Aid donations being used effectively in Africa, which is Planet Aid’s focus. 

Clothes

Black Student Fund
Christ House
DC Coalition for the Homeless
Interfaith Works
Jubilee Jobs
N St. Village

Suited for Change

Jewelry

Alley Cat Allies              

Toiletries

Christ House
N St. Village
Neighbors’ Consejo

 

COMPUTERS AND OFFICE SUPPLIES

Computers/computer equipment

Christ House
Electronic Industries Alliance
Jewish Council for the Aging
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Montgomery County Recycling Center
Salvation Army

Office supplies

Alley Cat Allies
Alternative House
Arthritis Foundation
Black Student Fund 
Days End Farm Horse Rescue
DC Habitat for Humanity
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
N St. Village
SIDS Educational Services

To learn more about each charity’s policies and drop-off procedures for donations, go to the alphabetical list of DC-area charities that accept donations.

 

OTHER ITEMS

Bicycles

Bikes for the World            

Building Materials

Habitat for Humanity Re-Store

Smithsonian National Zoo

CDs

Christ House

Electronics

Arthritis Foundation
Interfaith Works
N St. Village
Salvation Army
SIDS Educational Services

Food

Arthritis Foundation
Capital Area Food Bank
Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries
DC Habitat for Humanity
Miriam’s Kitchen
N St. Village
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County

Landscaping

Neighbor’s Consejo

Musical Instruments

Christ House

Pet-related Items

4 PAWS
Alley Cat Allies

Time Shares

American Kidney Fund

Tools

DC Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
N St. Village
National Zoo

Toys

Black Student Fund
Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries
Interfaith Works

To learn more about each charity’s policies and drop-off procedures for donations, go to the alphabetical list of DC-area charities that accept donations.

 

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