The Giving Effect – Spring cleaning meets targeted giving

The Giving Effect - find charities near youEvery year at about this time, I start digging out my kids’ closets, then the other closets, and before I know it, I’m on a veritable sort-and-chuck rampage. When the dust settles, I usually have an entire carload of garbage bags ready to go to charity.

Usually I drop off at the big national charity that’s got a donation dumpster right down the road.

But. I don’t ever do cash charity donations to “whatever’s closest,” so why am I doing that with my stuff?

Probably because–until now–I didn’t know about The Giving Effect. Just  input your zip code on the site and filter needy organizations by distance,
cause, or even what it is I have available to donate.

Do you suppose I
knew that the local animal rescue where we got our beloved dog will
accept donations of antiques? I did not. (I assume they resell for the
money, but still. Now I have another super-easy way to support them.)

you’re about to succumb to the spring cleaning bug, check it out. It’s a
simple way to make sure your unwanted stuff ends up supporting the
causes that matter to you. -Mir

Check out The Giving Effect and find where to best send your extra stuff.

Mir Kamin is a prolific writer, the author of the popular blogs Woulda Shoulda and, and a former contributor to Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech.


  • Reply March 31, 2011

    Lisa M

    I like this idea. Unfortunately, it would not allow me to input my zip code. I hope you will post more about this site when they are up and running more effectively.
    thanks for such great information on your site!

  • Reply March 31, 2011

    Flor Lozano-Byrne

    Here is another option:

    This cool app will allow you to post your hand me downs to your facebook friends. I met the lady who started this at a business meetup and, she is brilliant!

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