In a nutshell:
Almost. We can only fund eligible public charities and schools, and you can not personally receive any benefit from the organizations you support with your donations.
If you don't have a specific nonprofit in mind, you can select from a list of charitable causes, like "Animal Rights and Welfare" or "Foster Care & Family Services," and we will distribute your donation among reputable and effective charities that fulfill your giving objectives. Here's how we select charities to fulfill charitable cause designations.
Not at this time. However, you can designate a charitable emphasis instead of picking a specific charity.
Small-ish items that will sell in their current condition for at least $30 on eBay are a good bet.
Low value items (e.g. toys, CDs, books) and articles of clothing worth less than $15 apiece are not worth shipping to us or individually listing and selling online, and should be donated to a local Goodwill or other organization.
Bulky and heavy items (e.g. winter coats, computer monitors and stereo equipment) can easily cost over $50 to ship to us, so please verify that such items are likely to sell on eBay for at least $100 in their current condition before donating them.
If you're ever unsure whether an item is worth donating, please email us to check before shipping!
No. Items that aren't sold will be donated to organizations that are equipped to utilize or responsibly dispose of them.
Zero, zilch, zip, nada, nothing.
Charities will receive 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of items you donate, after deducting expenses to receive, list and sell said items, as described in Section 5 ("Donation handling and distribution of proceeds).
Mighty Good Things is 100% donor supported.
With a dash of common sense, this should never happen.
However, when it does happen, the loss comes out of our administrative operating budget.
Please do your part to help, and consult our guidelines to ensure your donation yields a positive charitable impact.
Yes. Mighty Good Things is recognized by the IRS as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity and an organization to whom donations are deductible. However, you should always consult with a tax adviser regarding the particulars of your personal tax situation.
Our Federal Tax ID is 81-1005145.
Generally speaking - yes. If you donate a $120 pair of sunglasses, that's the value of your donation.
As background, the IRS typically allows individual donors to claim a deduction for the fair market value of donated property, at the time the property is donated.
Keep in mind, the IRS defines fair market value as follows:
Fair market value (FMV) is the price that property would sell for on the open market. It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act, and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. Please note that used items are usually worth far less than what you paid for them new.
Please note the fair market value of used household items is usually much lower than the price paid when new. For property that has increased in value, the deduction is generally limited to what you paid for it. If you have any questions about the deductibility of your contribution, you should consult your personal tax advisor. More information on charitable contributions is also available in IRS Publication 526.
Yes. You will get an itemized receipt listing each item you donated along with a representative photo, usually within 30-45 days of sending your package.
Nope. We provide prepaid FedEx shipping labels.
However, please keep in mind when choosing items to donate that shipping costs are deducted from proceeds before funds are distributed to nonprofits. Consequently, avoid the large and/or heavy items, unless they are worth a pretty penny.
We've partnered with Shyp to making donating as easy and convenient for you as possible. If you're in San Francisco, you can schedule a pickup at your home or office during a 1-hour window.
Yes, that's right, a 1-hour window.
There's no box, tape, bubble wrap, or hassle!
We will distribute your donation among one or more charities highly rated by Charity Watch that fulfill the charitable cause you designate at the time of your donation.
Eligible charities include 501(c)(3) IRS-recognized public charities qualified under Sections 509(a)(1) and 509(a)(2), and 501(c)(3) private operating foundations. Eligible charities do not include individuals, private non-operating foundations, political organizations, or any other organization that has not been recognized by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) public charity, or private operating foundation, without limitation.
A charitable cause might be something like "Animal Rights & Welfare," "Public Broadcasting," "Homeless Services," "International Relief," "Mental Health & Disability Services," etc. Charitable causes do not include individuals, support of non-charities, or political parties, causes, or campaigns.
Finally, schools are eligible to receive distributions provided that the school is either a public school or a private or charter school exempt under Section 501(c)(3).
Unfortunately, at this time we're only able to accept donations originating in the US.