18 Jul Product Donations: What Top Brands Give to Good360
For nonprofit organizations, obtaining product or in-kind donations from companies can be an excellent way to get more resources, stretch your budget, and make a bigger impact on the communities that you’re serving.
But there’s often some red tape to go through and the approval process can take a long time, especially when you’re dealing with large companies that typically receive a barrage of requests from nonprofits and charities each year.
Fortunately, this is where Good360 can really help. We make it very easy for nonprofit organizations to get donated products from a long list of national brands, including Walmart, CVS Health, Advance Auto Parts, Tempur Sealy International, Mattel, Gap, Inc., Levi Strauss & Company and Brooklinen. We’re grateful for the assistance of the UPS Foundation, which helps us with the logistics of moving these donations around the country and world, especially during times of natural disasters when they are critically needed.
Once they register for free, nonprofits can browse our online Marketplace any time of the day to see what’s available. New items are added nearly every day, and you can request as little as a carton of apparel to a full truckload of product, depending on your needs and ability to take delivery and store products.
Nonprofits can also participate in our Retail Donation Partnership program, which matches nonprofit organizations with a variety of local stores for product donations in their backyard. Typically, these stores are operated by national chains such as Bed Bath & Beyond, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma. Some offer one-time pickups, while others allow for annual subscriptions.
We recently rolled out a new partnership with Walmart to allow for donation pickups at its Superstore locations throughout the country. These pickups usually occur on a bi-weekly basis, and involve a half pallet or more of a wide assortment of products — basically most anything that customers can expect to find in their local Walmart, from small appliances to apparel to school supplies. To learn more about our Walmart donation program, read our blog post and our FAQs page.
Since 1983, the impact that we make at Good360 through product philanthropy continues to grow. Every year, nonprofits save hundreds of millions of dollars by obtaining products through our platform rather than buying them on their own at retail. In 2018, we drove more than 30,000 donations from more than 300 donors, representing at least $300 million in donated product. More than 3,746 local stores matched with Good360 nonprofit partners last year for thousands of pickups each month. In many cases, these donations free up money that might have otherwise gone to administrative or overhead expenses, allowing more funding to stay with programs that directly serve local communities.
Ways to obtain donations from Good360
The vast majority of our donations are new and unused items, ensuring that you are receiving high-quality products to use in your programs.
These products come from brands that you already know and love. They include furniture from Pottery Barn and RH (Restoration Hardware), housewares from Bed Bath & Beyond, sports equipment, apparel from Gap, Inc., mattresses from Tempur Sealy, and toys from Mattel and Hasbro.
Qualifying nonprofits can obtain these donations in several ways:
- Through our online catalog, where you can request cases or pallets of products shipped right to your nonprofit.
- Through our Retail Donation Partnerships program, which includes Walmart stores and other national chains.
- Through one of our Community Redistribution Partners, a network of 60+ warehouses around the country where nonprofits can come in and look for products to bring home. Click here to see a map of the nearest CRP warehouses in your area.
- Through our Direct Truckload Program, which allows nonprofits to receive semi-trucks worth of product at one time, sent directly from our corporate partners.
The most popular items in our catalog
At any time, we have hundreds of donation items available for nonprofits. Here are the top-requested products from our catalog over the past year:
- School supplies (backpacks and pencils)
- Refurbished iPads and laptops
- Athletic shoes
- Lip balm
- Reading glasses
- Assorted beauty products
- Aloe hand sanitizers
- Dress shoes
- Personal care products (toothpaste, shampoos, makeup)
Why companies donate to Good360
One of our core missions is to promote more purposeful philanthropic giving. By partnering with us, companies gain access to our network of pre-qualified, fully vetted nonprofits. We make it easy for corporations to match their donations with organizations who can best use their products, reducing unwanted donations and waste.
“Working with Good360 enables Bed Bath & Beyond to send anyone who requests product donations to Good360,” says Derek Dervish, vice president of asset management at Bed Bath & Beyond, a longtime Good360 corporate partner. “We feel that vetting these charitable organizations isn’t our expertise: making sure that all the needed information is collected, validating their 501C3 status, and educating the charity base on the program. Good360 knows what the goal of the product donations are and it’s a really efficient way for us to engage in product philanthropy.”
The housewares company has been at the forefront of product donations for nearly 20 years, and was a founding partner of the Good360 Retail Donation Partnership program.
“We don’t do it for the cost savings. We do it because it’s the right thing to do,” Dervish adds. “Our product donation program saves the merchandise from being sent to a landfill, while helping our communities at the same time. At Bed Bath & Beyond, we want to be known as your local neighborhood store, so this is one way that we can help our local neighborhoods.”
If you’re a nonprofit organization, school or church in need of products, sign up with Good360 for free and start browsing our online catalog today. If you’re a company with products to donate, please contact us through this form. Thank you!