Charities that Will Love Your Used Furniture (Part I)

Giving away your furniture can earn you a tax break.

If you donate your unwanted furniture to charity, you can deduct the donation from your taxes. This can be a sizable write-off, even if you don’t have a lot of pieces to donate.

Several national charities will pick up furniture donations from your home or you can take your furniture to a smaller local nonprofit organization.

Where to Donate Furniture Nationally

National charitable organizations have many drop-off locations throughout the states, and many are willing to pick up your furniture donations. Be sure you get a receipt for your donations. Without a receipt, you don’t have any way to prove that you donated the items, which is a possible issue if you are audited by the IRS.

National charitable organizations that accept donated furniture include:

The National Furniture Bank Association
The NFBA offers much-needed furniture to thousands of struggling families every year in the U.S. and Canada. The NFBA has a list of local donation centers and many of them can pick up donated furniture from your home.

The organization takes gently used furniture and some household goods. Items accepted for donation are couches, children-sized and regular mattresses, tables, chairs, dishes, pots and pans, and silverware.

Vietnam Veterans of America
The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) charity sells donated items to subsidize their programs for veterans. The charity takes furniture and other household items, as well as picks up donations from your home. You do not have to be at home when the truck comes to pick up your donations. You can schedule a pick-up through the VVA donation site.

Donation Town
Donation Town keeps a database of local charities that pick up unwanted furniture for free. The site lists hundreds of different charities and can give you information about local nonprofit organizations that take donated furniture. You can arrange a pickup via the Donation Town website.