World vision does not accept used products of any kind, We do not accept any products from individuals or households.
We want to treat children and families with dignity. Used products (e.g. clothing/footwear/toys) require sanitizing, sorting, qualifying, classifying, and repackaging. We have found that it is far more effective and impactful for us to accept new and large quantity of products from companies which will enable us to save cost and maximize funds to support programs.
In fact, we increasingly integrate donated products into community development programs in the same manner as cash resources. Donated products can be of great use in emergency relief situations, but the majority of donated products currently compliment development activities. Our field staff assess needs and request for specific resources to support specific programs.
For example, medicines and micronutrients are used to improve access to quality essential medicines and support maternal and child health programs. Donated books are used to establish or stock school libraries, resource centers and boost literacy in communities. Specialized equipment and tools can assist entrepreneurs and small businesses to flourish.
We are able to send donated products to support our programs around the world.
In many cases, as with pharmaceuticals in most countries, there is no local production of similar quality goods, thereby eliminating much of the concern for competing with local companies. Our donated products are distributed over fairly large geographical areas so that no single resource plays a significant role in the local economy. However, we are careful to monitor the amount of donated products that enter a community to prevent them from adversely affecting local businesses or donors.
When resources are available, accessible and affordable in a country, we prefer that they are purchased locally instead of needlessly paying shipping and handling costs.
We are proud to be a leader in fundraising in Canada and are committed to following the regulations set out by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). To learn more about tax deductions for charitable gifts from your company's inventory, you can click here. It is the same benefit for a company to write off a gift in kind donation from its inventory, as it is to receive a tax receipt for cash donation.