How Deceiving are Those Drop-Off Donation Boxes?

Some for-profit organizations are using the widely-accepted non-profit method of collecting donations in order to make money for themselves.

Though many may say it's better to give than to receive, some businesses don't seem agree.

For-profit organizations are using the widely-accepted non-profit method of collecting donations in order to make money for themselves.

Several boxes spotted in Alameda, San Leandro and Castro Valley appear to be for non-profit charities but instead resell donated merchandise, sometimes even in other countries, for a profit.

KRON's Stanley Roberts recently reported that some of the boxes get bolted down at businesses — where they can remain anywhere from months to years — without the owners' permission.

A bin on the side of Auto Repair Center located at 20487 Castro Valley Blvd. has been there for the past three years according to the owner. He told Roberts he wants it gone.

However, other organizations pay businesses like the 76 Test Only Station on Lake Chabot Road to keep a donation box on their lot. 76 Test Only employee Emran Hassan said the box belonging to Hayward's Full Gospel Mission Ministries has sat at the 20745 Lake Chabot Rd. location for about seven months now. Hassan said Mission Ministries pays the owner a monthly fee to keep its box in their parking lot.

Patch called Mission Ministries to see if donations were resold at the organization's thrift store, but only received automated recordings.

A few feet away from it sits a different donation box belonging to the non-profit organization Campus California. On its website, the organization claims to collect and sell donated items to raise money for sustainablility projects and to work toward the state's solid waste reduction goals. 

Where else have you spotted these boxes in your neighborhood? After reading the fine print, do you find that they are mostly for non-profit or for-profit organizations? How do you feel about these companies reselling your donated goods for profit, sometime even to other countries? Tell us in the comments section below.

Mary December 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM
There is a donation box for clothing and shoes on San Miguel near the corner of CV Blvd, across from the skate park. (sorry, I didn't have time to read through all the responses to see if this one has already been listed). A worthwhile project/article would be an investigation, update and verification of organizations as a non-profit, etc., for every box in CV, along with a map marking each donation box.
Charlotte Tlachac December 30, 2012 at 09:21 PM
A group I didn't see mentioned here deserves a shout-out: the AIDS family relief charity headed by a woman named Cath. They have their store-room in the old school at the St. Barnabus campus. She is always looking for items and clothing for families that are often transitioning from homelessness into apartments. Household goods, bedding and towels, toys and baby items....you name it and she is thrilled to get it. They have a core of volunteers who work very hard to distribute things. An alliance with the St. Vincent de Paul group in the East Bay brought them hundreds of needed items for their long list of clients during the holiday season. However, the rest of the year they are often searching for donations. I don't care to give out her personal phone number which is how I contact her but I bet that the church can lead you to the proper way to contact this worthy organization. They are so grateful to get the items that hugs are often proffered in exchange. You will KNOW that your unwanted items will be put to good use here!!
joel January 07, 2013 at 06:39 PM
So sad to see peoples in charge od education being taken by suckers amnd fraud . the con artiat behind many of these boxes is wanted in his coutry for just that , his country is certainly one of the most liberal in the world . A fact . Can you actually prove you are generating revenue as they promise from these boxes and where are you using it . as a public employee you are accountable , or it become n illegal act known as corruption ., they are not on your properyty therefore the funds belong to the school system. Can you actually prove nothing end up in the dump out of the as you claimed 50 000 tons at 5 cents rate they promise to pay , this make for a nice piece of change .....
Tony January 31, 2013 at 11:50 PM
People can always get ballot boxes or donation boxes for very cheap here at www.weesell.com they have the best deals for Church charity ballot boxes. They make them from Plastic and Cardboard.
fred stafford April 05, 2013 at 04:43 PM
If these boxes are un-wanted by the property owner. Can't they just ask someone to remove the box and take it to the dump. I think of it like a car. If you park your car somewhere it should not be, the property owner can have it towed away, Right?


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