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Gifts In Kind International ( announced this week a new category of membership that allows qualified charities to join its nonprofit network at no charge. Registered nonprofit organizations get access to cutting-edge software, office products, toys, educational materials, building supplies and domestic goods, clothing, and health and personal care products.

Thousands of donated products for a wide variety of needs are available from warehouses across the United States, and can be ordered through an interactive and descriptive online catalog. Nonprofits pay nominal administrative fees to help cover the cost of shipping and handling.

Charities can also choose to partner with major retailers in their neighborhoods. Gifts In Kind matches registered charities with local retail stores for 12-month partnerships. Participating retailers include The Home Depot, Borders, Bed Bath & Beyond, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Office Depot, Talbots, and several others.

“These are challenging times and we realize that charities need better and easier access to donations made by our generous corporate donors,” said Gifts In Kind International President and CEO Cindy Hallberlin. “Charities are pressed to serve more with less. We hope, by taking advantage of this new Friend category, charities in the Gifts in Kind network will be able to serve one more family in need, renovate one more home, lift the spirits of one more mother and child, and help one more father connect with his family.”

The new Friend category is just one of many initiatives created to allow access for more nonprofits while still maintaining a high standard of service for all members in the Gifts In Kind network. Products are now available in smaller quantities for smaller nonprofits, charities may build a customized product needs list, and there are more opportunities for special, one-time local donations.

Charitable organizations wishing to register as a Friend can go to and use the new online registration tool. They may also contact Denise Taylor, Director of Member Services, with questions at 703.299.7574 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Gifts In Kind International

Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the nation’s best-managed charities in America, Gifts In Kind International ( is dedicated to helping people and communities by distributing new corporate product donations—including books, toys, personal care products and clothing, building supplies, computers and other technology products, and much more—to qualified nonprofit organizations. The charitable organization works with more than half of the Fortune 100 consumer, retail and technology companies. Last year, Gifts In Kind distributed product donations valued at more than $400 million.

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