An unwanted but functional piano may be donated to local churches, retirement homes or to a school's music department. Some non-profit charitable organizations, such as the Beethoven Foundation, also accept pianos of less than 20 years old. The foundation then moves the donated piano to a family or an organization.
If there is no family in need of a piano in a nearby area, the Beethoven Foundation sells the instrument and uses the money to fund its projects, such as providing music scholarships. The person who donated the piano also receives a tax receipt. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, the Beethoven Foundation accepts piano donations nationwide.
Another way to donate a piano to needy families is to donate it to Piano Adoption, an online piano clearinghouse. Piano Adoption matches people who want to donate an unwanted piano to people who want them. The site allows users to list their pianos for free and encourages them to provide pictures and to describe the piano's overall condition. Piano Adoption also recommends potential donators to have their pianos inspected by a technician before donating.
Keys 4/4 Kids also accepts piano donations in nearby areas, including areas in Chicago, Illinois, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and in the metro areas of Kansas City, Missouri. The foundation sells donated and restored pianos to fund its four charitable programs.