February 4, 2008
News & Opinion: Giving: Book Excerpt
What if you want to give something useful that you don't presently own or you have things of value but they have no evident charitable use? Laina Niemi, an American who followed the 2006 Clinton Global Initiative on the Internet, found a good answer to the first question. She committed to buying and donating oral rehydreaion solution packets to UNICEF to reduce diarrhea-induced death among children in developing countries. The packets cost only 6 cents each.
For people who want to give things away that have value but no charitable purpose, eBay Giving Works has provided a unique solution. You can sell the items on eBay and donate part or all of the final sale price to your chosen nonprofit organization; eBay collect and distributes the donations to the charities and issues tax receipts to the seller. You can also give in-kind contributions to one of the more that ten thousand NGOs fund-raising on eBay, and they can sell them in an eBay store. Either way, the process turns a gift of anything of value into useful support of any good endeavor.
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About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.