While putting together a list of possible places that accept
furniture donations for our landfill website, I ran into this new business
called Give It. Give It is a free app that you can download on your phone, take
a picture of the items you would like to donate, leave the items out on your
porch, and a charity will pick it up. Give It has partnered with certified 501(c)3
nonprofit charities that benefit from this very well organized business. The
charities get to pick from a list of donations, giving them full control of
what they receive. Since its conception late last year, Give It has facilitated
over 500 donations.
I had to opportunity to meet up with MacKay Crookston, the
co-founder and CEO, and ask him a few questions about Give It.
Salt Lake County
Recycling: In your own words, tell me about your business.
It is helping people get rid of their stuff in the easiest way possible. It
also helps distribute the items people no longer want to the appropriate charity.
When you are donating through Give It, you are maximizing your donation.
How does it work?
MC: [Proceeds to
show me on his phone] You download the app, take the picture of the item you no
longer need, and you wait for a response. The picture gets sent to a virtual
warehouse, think KSL Classifieds, where charities can browse the items up for
donation and pick the ones that they need. Once your items have been selected,
we will notify you when and what charity will be picking it up. You just have
to leave the items out by your porch.
How long does it take for items to get picked up?
MC: The small
items such as books and clothing will get picked up within a couple of days,
larger items will take a little longer.
What type of materials are accepted and in what conditions?
MC: We accept clothing, books, toys small
appliances and electronics, and furniture. Items should to be in a fairly good condition.
Small appliances and electronics should be in working condition and no rips or
stains on the furniture.
Are there any alternatives to the app?
MC: No. Give It is
as easy for charities to use as it is for the user. The app allows that to
SLCo Recycling: What
motivated you to start this business?
MC: I would wake
up and see all this stuff that I wanted to get rid of. The easiest thing to do
is to throw it away, so I wanted to find a way to make it easier to donate.
Anything else we should know?
MC: I’m always
interested in talking to organizations and recyclers, if anyone wants to be
Have some items you want to donate? Try Give It a try and
let us know your results! On your app store, both android and apple, search for
Give It and download the app (it’s free!). If you are interested in getting
involved with this business you can contact MacKay at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can be found at giveithub.com