Clean House, Give to Others

Spring cleaning helps you de-clutter your home, and it’s an opportunity to help others by donating to charities through The Giving Effect.
Courtesy Jared Nissim, The Giving Effect
March 25, 2011
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Donate to a local group like Operation Kid Equip, a Michigan nonprofit that helps provide school supplies. Franklin

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It’s time to throw open the windows, spruce up your home, and get rid of clutter – the emotionally gratifying way: donate things you no longer need to causes in your neighborhood or around the country.

The Giving Effect is a new website that makes it easy to discover who needs your stuff. Donors browse the site by needs, location, or categories to find a cause, then complete a simple form to arrange a pickup, drop off, or shipment.

Participating organizations include Operation Kid Equip, a nonprofit in Royal Oak, Michigan, that provides school supplies, toiletries, and food to tens-of-thousands of children in need, The American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity locations across the country. Hundreds of animal shelters have also listed their needs with The Giving Effect.

These organizations can use almost anything you can spare, from clothes, food, and books to cleaning supplies and lumber.

Following a donation, the site generates an easily shareable web page that describes the gift and who it helped. By sharing the page, donors inspire others to give and thus increase the impact of their donation.

Spring cleaning may be a chore, but if you’re doing it for a good cause it can help you feel great.

The Giving Effect uses social media to help donors discover and connect with organizations that need items such as clothes, shoes, and food. It’s the first website to create stories around each in-kind donation that can be easily shared online to inspire others to give. The goal is to create a national movement to get food, gently-used items, and more to people in need. The Giving Effect is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

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