Are you familiar with Zealous Good? It’s a two-year-old, Chicago-based organization that connects donors with local non-profits to meet specific needs; they say they match non-profits with “the goods they need to do great.”
Redecorating your reception area? Zealous Good can help you find local groups that need the gently used furniture, and you get to select your preferred recipient. They help the donor and recipient communicate directly, and provide tax receipts when appropriate.
Zealous Good started as a pilot with four charities in 2011, and has since expanded to 330 organizations throughout Chicagoland. Director of Operations and Outreach Jesse Mavi estimates that 80 percent of their work is in the metro area. They’ve made 1,800 connections totaling $900,000 in donated goods – and counting.
Find them online or on Facebook and Twitter.