Five steps to organizing a donation drive

If you are looking for a way that your business or organization can give back, organize a donation drive. A donation drive is a great way for your business/organization to support the community and promote your company’s culture. 

Before you start searching for donations Omaha locations, here are the five steps every business/ organization should follow. 


The first step to organizing a donation drive is building a team. Who are you going to get involved and who will help you? Donation drives are an excellent way for businesses and organizations to team up and do charitable acts for the community. You want to create a committee that will help you find a local partner, deliver donations and advertise the event. 


Now that you have your team, it is time to choose a local partner who is looking for donations. Thrift World is always in search of businesses and organizations that are willing to collect item donations. These local businesses and organizations can help us collect donations to help reduce textile waste and make clothing affordable to families. 

If you are a charity or nonprofit organization, Thrift World can also support your cause. For every donation that you collect, our donations Omaha teams will pay you a fee. You can collect unused items and get money to fund your program or services. 


With your team and local partner in place, it is time to create a plan. You want to set a donation drop-off location. This location can be your local business, restaurant, school, church or nonprofit organization. Set a reasonable time frame at which people can stop and drop-off items. 

Next is to set guidelines about the donation items. You want to inform the public on how to drop-off the donations. It is recommended to ask for donations to be brought in boxes or bags. Then, you want to create a list of items that you will accept. You want to coordinate with your local partner about the donations they can receive. 

For example, Thrift World accepts these donations

  • All types of clothing 
  • Baby accessories 
  • Bedding 
  • Books, CDs and tapes
  • Electronics
  • Furniture in good condition
  • Hardware and tools
  • Home decor 
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes 
  • Sporting goods 
  • Toys 
  • Household items 


After you have the list of items you want to collect, you want to set goals. How many things are you challenging your business, organization or customers to collect? For example, if it is a coat drive, you can make it your goal to gather x amount of coats in a month. 

Or, you can ask for x amount of shoes in two weeks. By setting goals, you can entice people to make donations and give your local partner an idea of how many contributions you can provide.  


With many people working from home due to the pandemic, it can be challenging to reach people. Promoting your donation drive through social media is a great way to generate donations and show the public how your business and/or organization is helping the community. 

Talk with your business’s or organization’s social media manager to create a Facebook event that can promote the donation drive. Ask if they can make social media posts asking for donations at least once a week. Once your donation drive has been complete, do not forget to post a thank you post for all those who donated. 


For your next donation drive, partner up with Thrift World! We accept clothing, shoes, furniture and household item donations. Contact us to get started!

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