How can I donate?

Donating is simple. First, review “What can we donate” and "What can’t we donate" to determine if your goods and materials are appropriate for donation.

Then, visit our "Become a Donor" page to begin the donation process.

What can we donate?

L.A. SHARES regularly accepts the items listed below, both new and gently-used, as long as they are in good working order. Please be advised that this is ONLY a sample list of the items that we accept.

  • Office Furniture
  • Office Equipment
  • Office Supplies
  • Computer Systems
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Paper Products
  • Miscellaneous Personal Care Products
  • Sports, Fitness and Gym Equipment
  • Artwork and Art Supplies
  • Musical Equipment

There are very few donation opportunities that we would say "no" to; unless your potential donation contains items we cannot accept due to federal, state and local regulations, or space constraints.

Please email us at donate@lashares.org or call us at (213) 485-1097 to find out whether we can accept an item you want to donate that isn’t on this list.

What can’t we donate?

Due to federal, state and local regulations, storage and space constraints, and the demographic we serve, L.A. SHARES can only accept certain goods and materials. In general, we will not accept equipment or furniture that is NOT in good working order in addition to:

  • Food
  • Used Clothing
  • Used Mattresses or Bedding
  • Cubicle Workstations
  • Used Refrigerators
  • Used Washers
  • Used Dryers
  • Used Stoves
  • Paint
  • Construction and Demolition Debris
  • Toxic or Hazardous Materials

For information on other programs that accept these materials, you can call us at (213) 485-1097 (Monday - Friday, 9:00AM until 5:00PM) or e-mail us at donate@lashares.org.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! Because we are a nonprofit organization, any donation you make to L.A. SHARES is tax-deductible as allowed by law. L.A. SHARES will guide you through the process and handle ALL the paperwork for you.

Based on the written inventory and value of the donation that you provide, L.A. SHARES will issue a letter to you acknowledging your tax-deductible donation.

For more detailed information on tax deductions, including special added advantages for retailers, distributors and manufacturers, please contact donate@lashares.org.

Where do our donations go?

Your donation will go directly to one or more of the thousands of in need and deserving Los Angeles County schools and nonprofits. To see a list of current L.A. SHARES' members, click here.

You will also receive "thank you" letters from the grateful recipients, so you'll learn exactly where your donations go and how they are being used.

Will you pick up my donation or do I have to drop it off at your Warehouse?

For donations of office furniture, office equipment, and computer systems and printers, we arrange for our qualified recipients from local nonprofits and schools to pick up donations directly from your business.

We offer free pick-up based on availability of small donations, including office supplies and other small materials. Please email donate@lashares.org or call (213) 485-1097 to check availability and schedule a pick up of your donation.

How do you become a recipient?

If you are a nonprofit organization exempt from taxation under IRS Section 501(c)3 that is headquartered in the County of Los Angeles and operates programs that directly benefit the residents of the County of Los Angeles or an elementary through high school (both public and private) licensed and located in the County of Los Angeles, you are eligible to become a recipient.

However, you must first register with L.A. SHARES to participate in our Program. To join our network, please click here.

We will notify you via e-mail once your registration has been approved and your email address and password have been activated.

When receiving donations, do we have to send a "Thank You" Letter?

"Thank You" letters are an essential requirement of our program and keep the businesses and individuals, our generous donors, enthusiastic to give.

“Thank You” letters must be written and sent within 10 days of receiving your donated items. A copy of this letter must also be sent to L.A. SHARES.

Failure to write "Thank You" letters in a timely manner will result in disqualification from the program.

What happens if we fail to make a scheduled pick-up?

If you are a recipient, failure to make a scheduled pick-up without proper notice or rescheduling will result in disqualification of your organization from the L.A. SHARES program.

How do we contact L.A. SHARES if we have a question?

If you have reviewed this FAQ’s section and your question is still not answered, please email us at admin@lashares.org or contact us here.