To donate furniture to a charity, identify the furniture to be donated, contact local charities, schedule a pick-up, and get a receipt from the charity. Donated furniture primarily goes to help low-income families.
Begin by sorting out the furniture that is no longer needed, and set it aside to be donated. Make sure that the furniture is in decent condition, as the furniture may be donated directly to a family in need or sold to raise money for the organization. Upholstery should be clear of smoking odors, pet stains and tears.
Next, contact local foundations or charities to find out if they accept furniture donations. Find out if the charity picks up the furniture or it if it has to be delivered to their location.
Schedule a pick-up and make it as convenient as possible for the charity to obtain the furniture. This means getting the furniture to the first floor if living in a multi-story building, or taking it outside shortly before it is scheduled to be picked up. The movers usually have to visit several locations in a day.
Finally, obtain a receipt for the donated furniture, to be used for tax purposes. People who track their donations may get a bigger tax deduction.