If you have extra school or offices supplies laying around, why not donate them for those in need? Donations help people in your community that are less fortunate or have fallen on hard times. In addition to getting the satisfaction of helping someone in need, you can also often get a tax deduction out of your donation. Donating school supplies and office supplies is easier than ever, and many places will schedule a free pickup of your items or cover shipping charges. If you need to know where to donate school supplies or where to donate office supplies (basically the same thing) we have you covered…

Thrift Stores

Thrift stores will likely be your most convenient location for donating a wide variety of goods. They take new and used items and usually provide a tax deduction for your donation.

1. American Veterans (AMVET)

2. Furniture Bank Association of America

  • Accepted donations: New and lightly used office furniture. Other items accepted will vary based on location and needs.
  • Donation process: Drop off items at your nearby Furniture Bank Association of America or schedule a pickup. Most locations offer pickup with a 25-mile radius
  • Tax-deductible? No
  • Find your nearest Furniture Bank Association of America.

3. Goodwill

  • Accepted donations: New and used supplies of all types.
  • Donation process: Drop off your items or call and ask if they have pickup options — only some locations do.
  • Tax-deductible? Yes, ask for a receipt when you drop off items.
  • Find your nearest Goodwill.

4. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

  • Accepted donations: New and used items. Typically, ReStore locations will always accept office furniture but may also have a need for other common household, school, and office supplies. The Restore donation page states that each store is unique and that many stores will accept a wide variety of items. Habitat for Humanity recommends calling a location to confirm they can handle your donation.
  • Donation process: Drop off your items or call and ask if they have pickup options — only some locations do.
  • Tax-deductible? Yes
  • Find your nearest Habitat for Humanity ReStore

5. Rescue Mission Alliance (California)

6. Salvation Army

7. Savers

8. Shriners Hospitals

  • Accepted donations: New and gently used items. Shriners does accept personal items on an as-needed basis. Shriners asks you to call your local Shriners Hospital first to confirm they need your items.
  • Donation process: Drop off items at one of their locations.
  • Tax-deductible? Yes
  • Find your nearest Shriners Hospital

9. Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)

Foundations

These foundations support underprivileged children and help ensure they have the supplies required to succeed in school. Both foundations below accept mailed donations of new school supplies only.

10. Kids in Need Foundation

11. Schools on Wheels

Online Donation Options

Online donation websites match donations with charities and organizations that are looking for supplies. Online sites make it easy to donate nearly any item school supply but do require that you mail your items once a match is found.

12. Recycles.org

  • Accepted donations: New and used items. Recycles.org just asks that you be truthful in your item description, so other know what they will be receiving.
  • Donation process: Enter a description of your item on the donation page. The item will then be posted on an online bulletin board where others in need will be able to view it. If a charity or organization is interested in your item, they’ll contact you about shipping the item or meeting for pickup. You remain anonymous until you accept an offer.
  • Tax-deductible? Varies based on who receives your item.
  • Donate your item on Recycles.org 

Local Donation Sites

Here are some ideas for finding places near you to donate your new and used office and school supplies. Donation processes will vary based on your location.

13. Homeless Shelters, Halfway Homes, and Other Shelters

  • Accepted donations: Vary by organization. Most likely will take used and new items.
  • Donation process: Find a shelter or location near you and call to ask about dropping off donated items.
  • Tax-deductible? Varies by organization.
  • Find a homeless or recovery shelter near you

14 News Stations

  • Donation process: Local news stations frequently host or highlight local fundraising and charitable events. Go to your local news station website and search for donation options or community events.
  • Tax-deductible? Varies by location.

15. Schools

  • Accepted donations: New and like-new school supply items.
  • Donation process: Ask any teacher and they will tell you there is always a need for basic school supplies in the classroom. Call and ask a local school if they will accept dropped off items or if they know of any nearby school supply drives.
  • Tax-deductible? Varies by donation.
  • Find a public school near you

In Summary

Now you know where to donate school supplies/where to donate office supplies. These items can go to those who are struggling to get by and can make a huge difference. Donating items today is easier than ever, with many charities offering pickup service and online donation options, and you can even get a tax break!