NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) announced Monday the launch of an online charity locator to match up retailers looking to donate tax-deductible overstocked merchandise with local charities.
The charity locator features an interactive map of nearby charities from a RetailROI-developed database of 501c3 organizations across the country that focus on at-risk children, women in distress or families in need. The charity locator includes the top 125 cities and top 300 largest malls in the U.S., with information on types of items each charity accepts, including clothing, food, furniture, building materials and educational materials. The website automatically recognizes the address of the retail store and suggests 3-5 local charities that will accept donations.
“Retailers’ overstocks can make a huge difference,” said Greg Buzek, president of IHL Group and donor trustee for the Retail Orphan Initiative, in a statement. “By cleaning their stores of the items that aren't selling and getting their employees focused on the items that are, they help women and children in need — providing a lifeline that brings long-term dividends to the community.”