Simone is an avid flea marketeer with an eye for the unusual. She adores the thrill of the hunt.
Making furniture donations is a great way to give to charity while also reducing clutter in your home and racking up tax deductions. That said, it can be rather difficult to haul furniture over to a charity, especially if you have a small car—or no car at all!
Thankfully, there are charities that will pick up furniture donations so that you do not have to worry about moving them. Not all charities have pickup services, so it is important to check before committing your furniture, however below is a guide to some of the major nonprofit organizations that not only accept furniture donations but are also likely to offer pickup services.
Large Charities That Offer Furniture Donations Pick Up
Though most large nonprofit organizations prefer monetary donations online or via other means, there are some major organizations located across the country that will pick up furniture donations that are difficult to transport.
The major ones include:
- The Goodwill: Though conditions vary from store to store, most are willing to make house calls if the furniture you wish to donate is difficult to deliver personally. To find out if your local Goodwill offers this service, look them up online and give them a call. They are an excellent nonprofit to go with—85% of their revenues are directed toward employment and training programs for those who find it hard to get a job.
- The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army offers free donation pickups for not only furniture but also clothing and other household items. Though they cannot schedule same-day pickups, they do offer a convenient number to call when you're ready to schedule a pickup within one or two weeks. Simply call 1-800-SATRUCK.
- The Military Order of the Purple Heart: Though the Military Order of the Purple Heart mostly arranges pickups for clothing donations, some local chapters might also accept furniture donations; hence, it never hurts to give your local MPOH a call (and as a side note, keep in mind that they also accept vehicles).
- The National Furniture Bank (NFBA): The National Furniture Bank Association strives to make it so that no child in America should have to sleep on the floor. To see if there is a NFBA location near you that can pick up your furniture, visit www.nationalfurniturebank.org/donate-to-bank.php and enter your zip code.
How to Find Additional Local Charities That Pick Up Furniture Donations
Why go through the trouble of calling a bunch of local charities if you can find a complete listing of organizations that offer free donation pickup by entering your zip code on a convenient website?
Donation Down (www.donationtown.org) has organized information on charities across the nation that offer furniture donations pick up—and free pick up services for clothes, toys, household items, and appliances as well!
All you have to do is go to the site, enter your zip code, check out the resulting list of charities in your area that pick up donations, and schedule a donation pick up! Don't you love the convenience of the Internet?
Additional Charities That Might Pick Up Furniture Donations
Even if there is not a local chapter of a larger nonprofit charity in your area, there may still be an organization that offers furniture donations pickup.
Consider the following organizations:
- Recreation centers
- Community centers
- Halfway houses
- Battered women's shelters
Finally, if you know of a local charity to which you would like to donate furniture, but know that they do not offer pickup services, you could always ask someone who volunteers for the organization—they might know another volunteer with a pickup truck that would be happy to help you out!
- Donation Values: How to Find the Value of Donations for Tax Purposes
When you donate something that isn't straight cash, you are responsible for recording its value if you want to get a deduction for it when you file taxes for the year.
One Final Tip Before You Update
Before you schedule your furniture donations pickup, do a quick evaluation of the furniture (and any other items) that you are going to donate—make sure that it is clean, functional, and truly eligible for donation (it should not be filthy, torn, broken, etc...).
Also, take note of the value of the items that you plan to donate. This will come in handy when tax season comes around, and you want to get deductions for your good deeds!
I'm so glad that you are thinking of donating some of your furniture toward a good cause. Good luck!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Teri Welter on March 26, 2019:
I am looking for a place that will pick up some furniture in Buffalo Mn before March 31, 2019. I have a hide a bed sofa, computer desk, coffee table, pictures and silk flowers and some other small household items
Janet on November 07, 2018:
I called Salvation Army and made an appointment, but the drivers told me that they are not movers?!! So they refused to take furniture. I had to pay for someone to take it away, and then they sold it! Go on Craigslist.
Mary on August 21, 2018:
If no one can do that I’ll put it to the curb and someone will take it
Michele on July 16, 2018:
NO ONE will pick up my sofa,two accent chairs and two almost new lamps because they have to go up one flight of stairs....NO ONE!
I have called them all...
2.The Salvation Army.
3.Habitat for Humanity.
4.Veterans of America.
I cannot believe that these charities have lost out on so many pieces of furniture just because they have to go up one short flight of stairs (about 12 stairs)i'm sure i'm NOT the ONLY one they have turned down.
I will NEVER as ling as i live give ANYTHING to any of those charities ever again,i'd rather take it to the dumpster.
barbara rea on May 25, 2018:
Need advice on furniture pick up.
Annemarie Boyle on October 03, 2017:
Note that almost NONE of these charities will pick up or take a sleeper sofa in the Sacramento area. I've called them all. The mattress is even still in the bag.
jerry de falco on September 13, 2017:
sofa & love seat
Simone Haruko Smith (author) from San Francisco on January 30, 2012:
Oh, agreed! And it's also not too bad to get rid of stuff we aren't using anymore :D
Jewelz1313 from Branson, Missouri on January 29, 2012:
Giving is a wonderful thing to do. Trying to make the world a better place is something we all should make a goal for.
Brian Burton on October 20, 2011:
Very nice article with great ideas. Especially like how you give some basic guidelines in terms of quality (shouldn't be filthy, torn, broken). Really good.