#GivingTuesday: Giving Back Never Felt (or Looked) So Good
Whew, we’re back after the looong, blissful holiday weekend. Our bellies and hearts are full, our wallets are a little lighter (Black Friday!), and we’re ready to celebrate one of our favorite days of the year. Today is something called Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a nationally recognized day of giving fueled by the power of social media. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and power shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season of giving.
There are so many wonderful ways to give and to get involved in your community. At thredUP, we’re proud to be supporting families and education as part of our Donation Clean Out Program. When you order a Clean Out Kit from thredUP, you have the option of donating your Clean Out Bag to a charity of your choosing. Instead of a payout, you’ll get a tax donation receipt and those warm and fuzzy feelings that only come from helping others. We like to call this a karmic win-win.
“Thousands of you have donated so far to support girls and families, poverty, and education—thank you! What most excites us about this program is its ability to turn clothes into cash for incredible organizations that don’t normally take clothing donations. And now you can send in men’s clothing in a Donation Bag. So many wins.” – Diana Rothschild, Director of Strategic Partnerships
We started this program in April and we’re so grateful to our community for their support. Since the launch, we’ve received the most donation bags from New York, followed closely behind by California. Plus, 16% of Donation Bags received are from repeat donors! Turns out, giving feels good.
UP the feel-good factor when you Clean Out with thredUP and order a Donation Clean Out Bag today.
Here’s how it works:
1. Request a Clean Out Kit and simply select “Support Charity.”
2. We’ll send you a free Clean Out Kit with a pre-paid shipping label. Fill it with the same high-quality, on-trend women’s and kids’ items you would normally send to us. Men’s items are also welcome in our Donation Bags only. Note: Don’t forget to keep an itemized list of what you send in. You’ll need this information to fill out your tax donation receipt.
3. We contract with the charity to handle your bag and purchase your clothing from the charity. All purchase proceeds go to the charity. Within one week of your bag being received, you will receive a tax-deductible donation receipt via email from thredUP or the designated charity. Note: Neither thredUP or the Charity partner can assign value to your donations. Please refer to IRS regulations pertaining tax deductibility for your donations.
Here are the charities we support:
Big Brother Big Sister Foundation
BBBS turns gently used goods into treasure to provide great programming and care for children. And what greater treasure exists than the future of a child? By participating in BBBS programs, a child is 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 27% less likely to begin using alcohol; and 52% less likely to skip school. Donate. Recycle. Change Lives! Learn more at www.bbbsfoundation.org.
Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks, provides food to 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Together we can solve hunger. Learn more at http://www.feedingamerica.org/.
National Head Start Association
NHSA believes that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantee schools in the United States, and has served over 32 million children in its history. Funds from this partnership will pay for new books for Head Start classrooms. Learn more at https://www.nhsa.org/.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Last year Girls Inc. served over 140,000 girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers through lasting, mentoring relationships; a girls-only, physically and emotionally safe environment; and research-based, age-appropriate programming. While only 62% of U.S. college women graduate, 97% of Girls Inc. national scholars graduate. Learn more at girlsinc.org.
Help a Mother Out
Help a Mother Out increases access to diapers for families in need, distributing diapers to families in need through a network of voluntary home visiting programs, facilitated parent support groups, family resource centers, and public health departments. Help a Mother has provided over 4 million diapers to families in need. Learn more at helpamotherout.org.
Wardrobe for Opportunity
Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) assists low-income individuals in their efforts to Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career. Founded in 1995 to address often overlooked, yet critical barriers to finding and retaining employment, WFO has served over 30,000 low-income individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 200,000 living in poverty in the Bay Area, WFO is determined to help low-income individuals with transformative workforce development programs. Learn more at wardrobe.org.