Donate Cards Blog

Donating Cards

Welcome to our little project. We are dedicated to gathering any cards that you may have lying around the house that you are not using or planning to throw away, and redirecting them to non-profit organizations that can use them. We literally collect any type of card that you have because if it’s a card, there is likely value in it for some organization out there.

If you have any type of old card lying around the house or if you recently did a cleaning and found an old pile of them, there are a number of different charities that would be interested in them. Non-profits for kids can use a variety of different types of cards for craft making. Many non-profit art groups would love to have them for their various art projects. Sometimes educational charities can use them, such as teaching geography through postcards. There are countless ways that a donation of cards can help local charities gain resources that they can use without having to spend money for them.

Here are some of the types of cards that we collect that can help local charities:

Post Cards
Greeting Cards
Business Cards
Gift Cards
Telephone Cards
Sports Cards (baseball cards, football cards, basketball cards, hockey cards, etc.)
Collectors Cards
Other Cards

We realize that some cards have value. For example, a gift card with money still on it, sports cards that are in high demand from collectors, telephone cards with time still on them, etc. While we are in the process of taking the steps to become a non-profit organization ourselves, this process take time and we aren’t there yet. These aren’t the type of cards that we are currently focusing on collecting, but we will take these if you will not be using them and use whatever amount (no matter how small) they are worth to help charities. it’s just important to remember that we can’t give you a charitable tax deduction for this type of donation at this time.

Basically, if it is a card of any kind, we can find a way to use it. Even if you don’t believe there is any value in it, we are pretty sure that we can find a way to leverage it to help out a charity in some way. If you have any questions, feel free to email us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Why Donate Cards?

A lot of people, at first glance, might not think donating cards would be worthwhile. Most people don’t see value in them once they have been used, but there are actually quite a few ways that they can be repurposed and used by nonprofit organizations. Since these are often things that end up in the trash, why would anyone find it worthwhile to donate them. Here are a few reasons to consider.

Helpful to Non Profits

First and foremost, donating cards ends up helping a wide variety of nonprofits. It gives them materials that they can use for their causes which they don’t have to spend their limited resources on, thus giving them a chance to better fulfill their mission. While many people would consider cards to be something that nonprofits can use, with a bit of creativity and finding the nonprofits which can benefit from them, there are quite a few charities that would love to have them.

Environmentally Friendly

In many instances, people simply throw cards away. It’s always nice to be able to give something and additional life rather than send it to a landfill. By donating your cards instead of throwing them into the trash, not only are you helping a nonprofit they can use them, you are also helping the environment by keeping out waste that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Inexpensive

One of the best parts about donating is that it is extremely cost-effective. In most cases, the cards would end up in the trash anyway so there is really no cost involved with the donation. It’s not often that you can help a nonprofit without having to dip into your own wallet. While there are some minor cost in sending the cards so that the nonprofits can use them, in the scheme of things it’s an extremely inexpensive way to help.

Easy

Many times when it comes to helping out a nonprofit, the problem is that it either costs a lot of money or it requires a time commitment. That’s not the case when you decide to donate cards. All it takes is a few seconds to put cards to the side as they are no longer needed, and then address an envelope to send them away. It’s one of the easiest ways that you can help a wide variety of charities.

Helps Lift Spirits

Believe it or not, donating cards can help uplift the spirits of those who have the chance to use them. Many of these are used for art projects and give both kids and adults a chance to express themselves through the art. In addition, donating can help lift the spirits of the person who donates then as they can get a positive feeling for helping a nonprofit with their donation.

Better Health

Better health is probably not something that you considered would be a result of donating cards that you no longer need, but it very well could be one of the results. There have been a number of research studies that have found that giving to others and generosity results in better health, even for the elderly and sick. Stephen Post wrote a book titled Why Good Things Happen to Good People and found positive health benefits increased for people with a variety of chronic illnesses. Being generous and donating can better both your and the recipients health.

Improves Connections

Another benefit of donation that you probably didn’t consider is that doing so can improve social connections. Studies have found that if you give, you’re more likely to get things back in return. generosity such as donating things is often rewarded down the line in unexpected ways — sometimes by the person who directly benefited from the donation, sometimes from some other person in a round about way.

Gratitude

Another great positive to donating is that giving brings out gratitude from both the person who gives and the person who receives. Gratitude has also been found in studies to be an important part for those who have healthy relationships, quality social bonds and are generally overall happy.

What this all shows is that taking a few minutes to collect the cards that you no longer need or want and sending them to us to be donated to nonprofits will likely result in far more positive that you thought possible.