GiveNkind is a nonprofit for nonprofits, connecting donors of single gently used goods or companies with pallets of new goods to give. Donations are taken into our facility, sorted by our volunteers, and made available to charities at no cost. Nonprofits must be registered 501(c) 3 organizations and agree not to resell the goods, but to use them for their programs and neighbors in need. By providing a purposeful place to give, donors can feel good about giving, knowing that their items are living a life in the hands of those who need it most. Since October of 2018, GiveNkind has placed $1,378,982.98 in goods with nonprofit organizations.
GiveNkind is currently operating out of 5 storage units - over 1000 sq. ft. of space but has had to put a cap on the number of volunteers that can help during each session because of space limitations. Teams, schools, companies, and community groups want to come and help but space limits the number of volunteers GiveNkind can accept. GiveNkind has found that when donated items are organized and displayed, nonprofits can better fill their needs, turning over donated items more rapidly.
GiveNkind recently received a $10,000 grant from Community Purse of Lake County and is looking to match those funds which will allow the organization to move forward with a warehouse! Nonprofits need so many items to make their programs run and GiveNkind can help provide those without costing the organization funds. Please help GiveNkind grow to better serve the community!
Here are some of the items GiveNkind has been able to place in our 186 nonprofit partners:
Weighted Blankets: These items were going to be thrown into the garbage because the shipping packaging was torn. Instead, GiveNkind took in 300 weighted blankets and put them in the hands of special needs organizations such as Gigi's Playhouse to lessen anxiety as well as veterans at Midwest Veteran's Closet to reduce PTSD.
Clothing: A family lost everything in a fire. Glick Family Giving assembled a wish list including sizes of clothing and ages of the family members. GiveNkind's team put together a collection of clothing for each family member to help them get back on their feet.
Bags: One of the most popular items nonprofits request are bags. Cloth bags, duffle bags, and suitcases allow homeless neighbors to store and easily carry their goods. These items are frequently taken in and gifted to organizations like Connections for the Homeless.
Swimsuits: Storing and shipping goods can be costly for companies, so often when a company no longer wants a product, they destroy it or throw it out. GiveNkind received a donation of 8,000 swimsuits that would have otherwise made it into a landfill. Instead, these suits were gifted to organizations through GiveNkind such as YWCA, A Safe Place, Antioch Traveling Closet, and Taste for the Homeless.
Surplus goods in individual’s homes and business can be exactly what organizations needs to make a big impact in our community. GiveNkind is looking for your help to provide a space for these goods to be collected, sorted, and made available to organizations. Please donate as you are able, to help match our recent gift so that we can continue to grow and help others!
Learn more about us at givenkind.org!