With time and general wear and tear from usage, your old furniture may certainly make a great charitable donation to others who could use it more than you. Those individuals who are in need can get in touch with a charitable organization who will then, in turn, give them the furniture that you have donated. Beyond donating your furniture to charitable organizations, you can also donate it to many other places and groups, such as, your local thrift store to a high school's drama team or a church's youth group. While you can donate your furniture in other states, as well, you do have a variety of options available to you if you are looking to specifically donate furniture in Florida.
Things You Will Need
- Your Furniture
- Charitable Tax ID#
Step 1On a spectrum of usability, it may be difficult to immediately know what furniture you can donate, or which furniture would best be served by trashing it. Even though on may say that "beggars can't be choosers", on the same token, you do want to ultimately only donate your furniture if it it 'looks' at least somewhat presentable and can function. In order to gain the best insight into whether or not you should donate any given piece of your furniture, it is important to do an assessment of whether or not their are significant cracks (in the wood) or tears (in the fabric) in the furniture.
While some deficiencies may be noted, from general wear and tear, there will come a point when others won't even want to use your furniture either. Because of their respective situations, those who will obtain your furniture may 'need' it, but it could also cause them more of a headache than not if they receive a piece of furniture that breaks while they are using it. The furniture that you hope to donate should have maintained a degree of functionality and be in decent condition.
Step 2On Microsoft Excel, you can create an organized list of all the furniture you hope to donate. If you only have one piece of furniture to donate, this may not be necessary, however, a list can help you keep a good visual accounting of each piece of furniture. Within this list, next to each item, you can also document more information regarding the specific condition that each respective piece of furniture is in. Does a piece of chair furniture have a large scratch on its left back leg? Document that, and keep it for your records.
Step 3Donation centers (or banks) can be found all throughout the state of Florida. You can find these banks really quite easily by accessing the National Furniture Bank Association's website, which is located at http://www.help1up.org. By clicking on the middle tab entitled "Donate or Receive Furniture", you will immediately be taken to a screen where you can search for donation banks in your area, by using simply your Zip Code. Doing this will bring up another screen that is filled with all the donation banks in your area. If there aren't any donation banks in your area, you may have to try typing in a few surrounding zip codes, at least until you find some that are nearest to you.
Step 4The Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank of Florida actively seeks to help Florida victims of natural disasters and personal catastrophes. They can be contacted with regards to your desire to donate furniture, and they will be sure to get the donated furniture into the hands of people who will be able to use it the most. If you do not have furniture to donate, you can also make a financial donation, of various amounts and intervals, by visiting their website located http://www.mustardseedfla.org/donations.html.
Step 5The Salvation Army and Goodwill industries are two national recognized non-profit organizations that will certainly be accepting of your donation of furniture. With having done a tremendous amount of 'good' for people nationally and internationally, the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries will ensure that you furniture donation gets into hands of people that can use it the most, as well.
Step 6For tax purposes, wherever you decide to ultimately donate your furniture, be sure to receive a receipt from the organization that will be accepting it. The estimated value of the donation should be written on your receipt, as well as, your full name and address. Be sure that your receipt also includes the name of the charity, along with their Federal Tax ID number.
As you can see from this Info Barrel article, there are quite a few legitimate options for those who are looking to donate furniture, to donate to a variety of non-profit organizations. All of the organizations listed in this article do have an online presence, and their websites can be found through a simply Google search query.
Tips & Warnings
Even after accessing the National Furniture Bank Association's website, you may very well find that there are absolutely no furniture banks in your area. In the event that this occurs, you can always contact the Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries to see if they will be able to accept your furniture or clothing donation.
If you have personally made furniture donations in Florida, or even if you know someone who has, it would be an absolute honor to have you comment on this Info Barrel article!
As mentioned in the comments' section of this Info Barrel article below, generous donations of both clothing and furniture can typically be made regardless of where you live in the United States. If you live in another state, but actually know someone who lives in Florida, this article may be of benefit to them especially if they are seriously contemplating donating their used furniture. Sometimes donating furniture just makes great monetary sense, as well, as it may actually incur you a greater cost to keep the furniture or even destroy it. If you will no longer be using the furniture, why not at least try your hardest to the piece of furniture into the hands of those who can most use it?
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