As a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, HOW is able to accept donations of goods in-kind for distribution to the beneficiaries of our mission, or for the benefit of the organization at-large.
According to IRS regulations, only items in good used condition or better and used in support of the organization’s mission are tax deductible. Items that are not in good used condition or better will not be accepted or processed. In addition, all items valued at $5,000 or more must be verified by a qualified, independent appraiser and arranged for and completed by the donor.
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Questions? Please contact Megan C. Williamson at
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Happy Back to School Week!
Thank you to all who donated and supported HOW’s Back to School Supplies Drive! We had unprecedented support and are thrilled to report that we were able to reach children in our program who are the most in need of supplies. Thank you to Brenda Posey, HOW volunteer and local school teacher, for organizing our Supplies Drive, Jewel-Osco (store #3457), 2485 Howard Street, Evanston for providing a drop-off and employee sponsored lunch, Julia Donati (board member Vicki Donati’s daughter) for raising additional funds and all those who dropped off supplies – you all made a tremendous difference to the children we serve!
HOW accepts the following items in-kind:
Home starter kits - consisting of the following items in new or good condition:
Kitchenware (excluding Tupperware and other storage containers)
Table settings for four
Small electronics (alarm clocks, stereos, microwaves, etc.)
New or gently used clothing items are accepted on a case by case basis. With limited storage, large donations must be pre-arranged and approved. If you have clothing other than what is described below, please contact the Bottomless Closet as we also refer our clients to their services.
Professional/interview clothing for women (sizes 10 and up in particular)
Coats and outerwear for women, men and children ages birth to 18
Clothing for children, ages birth-12 (new only)
School Supplies for school-aged children and year-around academic coaching are collected and reflect the Chicago Public School’s list of classroom essentials:
Pencils-primary and regular #2
Crayons-large and regular
Scissors-primary and intermediate
Pencil top erasers
Wide-ruled notebook paper
Other items collected for the benefit of the organization at-large are accepted on a case-by-case basis including:
Office, professional shredder
Office equipment (copiers, printers, fax machines, computers)
Office supplies (paper, binders)
HOW does not accept the following items:
Opened or partially used personal care items
Opened or partially used medications or first aid items
Items in non-working condition or damaged
Perishable food items
Items not in good used or new condition
HOW is no longer able to accept furniture items due to space constraints. The following organizations provide furniture vouchers to our clients: