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An Organization Perspective

Introduction

The GivSmart at Your Doorstep program opens the door for your organization to share in the multibillion dollar market of reusable goods.  Community organizations have raised billions from this retail segment and now your organization can benefit as well by partnering with GivSmart LLC, a social enterprise company and contracted supplier to the Value Village thrift store chain.  The process is very simple; your organization asks for donations from your community of support and GivSmart takes it from there.  Not only does GivSmart at Your Doorstep provide you a solid, year around income, fundraisers don't get any more surefire or easier than this.

  1. It all starts with this basic fact; your existing community of support has reusable clothing and other items they are happy to donate if asked and the donation process is convenient.
  2. Your organization registers with GivSmart LLC to be added to the list of eligible recipients.
  3. Let your community of support know how easy it is to donate.  The old axiom "everybody wants to help, they just need to be asked" is especially true when the donations are surplus clothing and the "drop off" is as close as their front porch.
  4. GivSmart LLC takes over from there -- Your donors schedule a pick-up with us (online or phone).  We take care of everything - scheduling, weighing, pick-up, warehousing and delivery.
  5. Value Village Thrift stores receive all donations through a contract with us, GivSmart LLC.
  6. GivSmart LLC sends you a check and list of donors every month.

Dollars and Cents

The potential income from this fundraiser depends on the "reach" of your organization (number of households your organization can motivate to donate) throughout the 4 county area.  We pick-up in most zip codes at least once per month.  As with any fundraiser, results are driven by your clear communicaton regarding the value (and ease) of the program reinforced by repetition.  Diligent effort = great results!  We will pay your organization $.015 lb for items in the Clothing category and $0.03 lb for Household Goods (See complete list).  Everything is weighed when the pick-up is made and credited to your organization.  Please note there is a limitation on the total value of household goods.  While the individual amounts will vary, we estimate a typical family's donations will generate $30 to $50 per year.  Can you think of another fundraising program that will add the same level of increased donations and the donor will thank you for the "at their doorstep" service?

Marketing

While GivSmart LLC does general awareness marketing that may bring your organization passive income (a person looking for a pick-up selects you off the List), making your community of supporters aware of the program and selling the benefits will maximize your income.  Some of the benefits to focus on are:

  • Their donation becomes a valuable cash donation to your organization.
  • Convenience -- it takes just a moment to schedule a pick-up online or over the phone.  They will receive a reminder the day before the pick-up.
  • If your organization is a 501 (C) (3), we will (at the organization's option) provide a tax receipt.
  • No hauling heavy bags and boxes to a drop-off.
  • Ecological -- reuse is the most efficient recycling strategy.

We will provide you with a complete package of marketing materials:

Program announcement templates

  • E-mail, newsletter display ad, letter and article text

Ongoing program support templates

  • E-mail messages, plain text and html
  • Website links, text and graphics
  • Newsletter display ads
  • Seasonal ads
  • Office brochures and posters

For organizations that have their own website, we can provide a dedicated donation scheduling page.  You link to this exclusive page and it bypasses the organization list selection process (automatically naming your organization) but uses the rest of our scheduling system.

Ready to sign up and start raising funds now?

GivSmart at Your Doorstep is a solid, year around fundraiser built on a legacy of success: over the course of their 55 years in business, Value Village has paid community organizations more than a billion dollars for donated merchandise!  Imagine the possibilities for your organization, register now.

Items We are Happy to ACCEPT
Clothing, Shoes, Bed and Bath: Household Goods and Small
(no larger than 18”x18”x18” per item) Miscellaneous items:
  • Clothing: all sizes and styles for children, men and women
  • Clothing Accessories: hats, mitts, scarves, ties, belts, nylons, socks, underwear, purses, wallets, fanny packs, bags
  • Bed and Bath: towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths
  • Shoes and Boots:  all types
  • House Wares: glassware, silverware, pots, pans, utensils, china cups, vases, dishes, cutlery
  • Small Electrical: toasters, radios, power tools, irons, blenders, mixers, small stereos, CD players
  • Miscellaneous:  hand tools, small garden tools, toys, games, puzzles, jewelry, crafts, stuffed animals, baskets, ornaments, candles, pictures/frames, small sports items
  • Books and other : books (hardback and paperback), magazines, records, tapes, CD's, videos, DVD's and computer software

Household Goods must be in “ready to use” or new condition. Please, no broken or repairable items.
This is not an exclusive list of all acceptable  items; please contact us with any questions regarding what additional items might fit under this category ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800.789.0719).

Getting your Donations Ready

 

  • Separate the clothing, accessories, linens from the household goods
  • Please put everything into heavy plastic bags (up to 33 gallon) or boxes
  • Please, clearly label everything GivSmartl; (we don't want to take the wrong thing by mistake)
  • Put your donations out, in a dry location, before 9:00 a.m. on the day of pick-up

 

Items we CANNOT Pick-up
Due to reasons of liability, health, handling and market issues, items GivSmart LLC will not be able to pick-up includes, but is not limited to:

  • Weapons and Explosives
  • Hazardous waste
  • Construction Materials
  • Flammable Products
  • Large appliances
  • Food
  • Automobile Parts
  • Cribs, Car Seats, High Chairs, Baby Bathtubs, Mattresses and Box Springs
  • TVs and Computer Monitors (tube types; however, LCD and LED are OK)
  • Sleeper Sofas, Couches, Loveseats, Recliners
  • Hutches, Armoires, Large Bookcases, Cabinets, Large Entertainment Centers
  • Large Exercise Equipment

While this “cannot pick-up” list addresses most issues, it is NOT inclusive of all possible items, so we reserve the right to not accept items not included on this list.
Please consult our "Resources" page for organizations that may take items we are unable to pick-up. If in doubt, please don't hesitate to contact us with questions. We want to help you find the highest possible use for all of your surplus items and minimize the use of landfills.

Pick-up instructions

Thank you for scheduling a pick-up of clothing and household goods.

Please don't make the bags and boxes too heavy for one person to carry. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your pick-up, please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.789.0719.

Getting your Donations Ready

  • Separate the clothing, accessories, linens from the household goods
  • Please put everything into heavy plastic bags (up to 33 gallon) or boxes
  • Please, clearly label everything GivSmart (we don't want to take the wrong thing by mistake)
  • Put your donations out, in a dry location, before 9:00 a.m. on the day of pick-up

Items We are Happy to ACCEPT

Clothing, Shoes, Bed and Bath:

Household Goods and Small (no larger than 18”x18”x18” per item) Miscellaneous items:

  • Clothing: all sizes and styles for children, men and women
  • Clothing Accessories: hats, mitts, scarves, ties, belts, nylons, socks, underwear, purses, wallets, fanny packs, bags
  • Bed and Bath: towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths
  • Shoes and Boots:  All types
  • House Wares: glassware, silverware, mugs, pots, pans, utensils, china cups, vases, dishes, cutlery, stemware
  • Small Electrical: toasters, radios, power tools, irons, blenders, mixers, small stereos, CD players
  • Miscellaneous:  hand tools, small garden tools, toys, games, puzzles, jewelry, crafts, stuffed animals, baskets, ornaments, candles, pictures/frames, small sports items
  • Books and other : books (hardback and paperback), magazines, records, tapes, CD's, videos, DVD's and computer software

Household Goods must be in “ready to use” or new condition. Please, no broken or repairable items.  This is not an exclusive list of all acceptable items; please contact us with any questions regarding what additional items might fit under this category (800.789.0719).


Items we CANNOT Pick-up

Due to reasons of liability, health, handling and market issues, items GivSmart LLC will not be able to pick-up includes, but is not limited to:


  • Weapons and Explosives
  • Hazardous waste
  • Construction Materials
  • Flammable Products
  • Large appliances
  • Food
  • Automobile Parts
  • Cribs, Car Seats, High Chairs, Baby Bathtubs, Mattresses and Box Springs
  • TVs and Computer Monitors (tube types; however, LCD and LED are OK)
  • Sleeper Sofas, Couches, Loveseats, Recliners
  • Hutches, Armoires, Large Bookcases, Cabinets, Large Entertainment Centers