Many donors are drawn to giving in-kind donations rather than money. Some people might be looking to increase their personal storage space, avoid disposal costs, or receive a tax deduction. Others are interested in reducing waste by finding a new home for the items they no longer use. Finally, many are interested in giving their time doing things such as mentoring, bookkeeping, or helping to organize other in-kind donations.
Many people are interested in ensuring that specific items reach members in their own community versus sending money to a national organization. Some organizations are interested in providing in-kind donations for the positive public relations. Whatever the reason, knowing your audience can help you determine how to ask for donations, specify what you need and do not need, and politely decline offers.