We recognize that most people are overworked and out of time. Donating clothes requires extra effort on its own; researching where to donate is another feat in itself. Understanding this, we developed a simple guide to help find the best, most impactful place to donate used clothing in the Bay Area.
While most Americans are eager to donate their used clothing and household items, many of these donors aren’t aware of how they’re making a difference through their donations. Or rather, in the worst cases, how the donations they think are helping are actually hurting local charities.
Ultimately, it is the consumer’s responsibility to know how their donation is used and where their stuff ends up. Unfair labor practices, such as sweatshops, receive plenty of media attention and buyer consideration; yet it is just as important (and ethical) to know where clothes go at the end of their life as it is to know where they come from and how they were made.
At WOVIN, we believe donating should be easy, but more importantly it should be done consciously.
As a company we value sustainable and transparent business practices. We believe there should be adequate tools available for donors to make informed decisions about where to donate. We strive to make the donation process easy and convenient for everyone, starting with the Bay Area.
While WOVIN provides an ethical, responsible, and transparent solution to donating secondhand stuff in Northern California, we know we aren’t the only organization you might consider. So we’ve compiled a checklist of suggested questions to ask, as well as an easy-to-use comparison table to weigh all your donation options.
Note: this table is not a comprehensive list. WOVIN does not endorse any of these organizations and recommends further research using our checklist as a guide.
|Donation Method||Tax Deductible||Your Impact||Hand Sorted||Primarily Resells To||Gives to Shelters||In-House Recycling||Charity Navigator Rating|
|Salvation Army||Drop-Off & Pickup||Yes||Low||Some||Export||-||-||Not Rated|
|Planet Aid||Bin||Yes||Low||-||Export||-||-||Not Rated|
|WOVIN||Pickup||Yes||High||100%||People Like You||Yes||Yes||-|
|Dress for Success||Drop-Off||Yes||High||100%||-||Yes||-||93.16|
|St. Vincent De Paul||Drop-Off||Yes||Medium||100%||Export||Yes||-||97.03|
|American Cancer Society||Drop-Off||Yes||Medium||100%||People Like You||-||-||76.7|
We are continually adding to this list. Contact us if you’d like to recommend an organization not mentioned above.