How to Donate Children's Sports Equipment to Charity

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How to Donate Children's Sports Equipment to Charity
Charities need sports equipment for children. (baseballs and glove image by tim Elliott from

Children's charities always welcome donations of sports equipment. Sports provide an outlet to children who otherwise suffer from the misfortune of living a less-than-privileged life, but many cannot afford the cost of playing. According to the Trusted Sports Foundation, only 25 per cent of underprivileged children are able to participate in sports. The importance of sports for children lies is the ability to provide an environment that teaches the importance of teamwork, provides physical fitness and improves self-confidence. Donating equipment allows more kids to experience the benefits of participating in sports.

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    Contact a charity that accepts children's sports equipment donations in your area. and Charity Navigator allow you to browse a national listing of charities located all over the United States and in your specific city or town, and the Internal Revenue Service's charity search database allows you to find charities that are 501(c)3 non-profit charities with locations all over the country. Local churches and service organisations often can direct you to charities that accept donated sports equipment.

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    Ask about the charity's donation process, such as whether the charity will pick up donations or whether you must drop them off.

    Find out who benefits from the donations--schools, after-school sports clubs or city sports leagues. The easiest way to find out what happens to your equipment once it's donated is to ask your charity. Most charities deal with specific causes, such as local sports complexes or schools and are happy to provide you with detailed information as to how your donation will be used.

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    Clean the condition of your equipment prior to donating it. Equipment must not have excessive wear and tear, must be clean and undamaged. Damaged equipment is not accepted by any charity due to safety concerns. Tears or torn stitching in baseball gloves, dents in bats, balls or golf clubs and any equipment with missing pieces are examples of sports equipment that are not accepted as donations.

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    Calculate the value of your donated goods to use on your federal income tax return. Hand over your donations to your charity and take the donation receipt it provides. You must keep this receipt for your tax records.

Tips and warnings

  • Sports equipment needed by charities includes things like ice skates, cleats, bats, balls, gloves, helmets, pads and golf clubs.
  • Tax deductions are only available to donations made to registered 501(c)3 organisations.
  • Additional ways to locate local charities in your area is to contact your city offices, ask friends and family and/or check with your child's school.

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