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Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Pollution Abatement & Control

Mission: Waste to charity is an international,501C3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to find uses for the Millions of pounds of “obsolete” and “waste” products produced by manufacturers, importers wholesalers and retail companies to stop these items going to our landfills. We find that MOST of these products can be reused in some way by people in need. How many times have you seen a company throw something away that you wished could have just been given to someone who could use it? That exact idea was used to found Waste to Charity. We know companies don’t want to dispose of anything they don’t have to, but it’s a fact of doing business. Through our work, we help corporations find new, less expensive and charitable ways to rid themselves of unwanted and unneeded items. Through charitable giving, these items assist the company’s bottom line in the form of for tax benefits, as well as the knowledge and praise that comes with helping those in need. Manufacturers may have product that is close to expiration, does not meet specs for sale, or may be storing an ingredient or item is no longer being used due to changes in ingredients, color or product. We make donating these items easy, visit www.wastetocharity.org, fill out the donation form, and we’ll do the rest.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 Local Agencies

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Offering management and processing services to other qualified charities to help convert their donated inventory into funds they can then use for their charitable purposes.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic company. They have helped us with many needs. Very pleasant to deal with and always answers their phones. They have also helped many rescues in our area. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity has been so generous to my school. Seems like never enough ladders or push carts or barricade cones! Thank you all

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Waste to charity was awesome and helped load boats and small airplanes with supplies to head over to the Bahamas after the Hurricane ! Fans ladders gloves boots garbage bags etc !

Client Served

Rating: 5

This compAny makes us successful. Without their support we coukd not do the work that is so badly needed in our community

Donor

Rating: 5

Great charity! I love that my company didn't have to throw out all its old inventory! Kudos for keeping it out of a landfill.

Katie Agnew G.

Donor

Rating: 5

What they are doing for the community and the world is astounding. Quality people and the service is incredible. The concept is fantastic and really believe they’re doing excellent work as one of the leading environmental non-profits.

Anthony M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked with them over a summer and they did some great work. Got to see first hand how they helped those in need and the full spirit of the company.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can't tell you what a relief it is to get GREAT customer service! Polite, responsible, and dare I say witty people work.here...and even more importantly, they are environmentally responsible!!

Vittorio M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When i was stuck and unable to pay our taxes. they came in and helped us. caring people!

Ernesto P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Without getting into a lot of detail because we happen to be in a very sensitive industry where a lot of care, honesty and attention to detail are required, I want to thank Jack and his team for surpassing all our expectations. Thank you !!!

Steve D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Integrity, Honesty, Passion, ingenuity, and compassion! Waste to Charity allows companies to offload unwanted inventory, gain valuable tax relief and pass needed supplies on to those less fortunate. it's truly a win-win situation for all involved!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i like helping the environment, i like helping people, being able to both at one time is an added plus-these guys make it all very easy. will work witht hem again in the future i am sure!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have witnessed this charity donate thousands and thousands of items to Haiti and our own country during devastating times. From mattresses to food, to blankets and footwear. Even industrial parts to assist in the national economic recovery. Hats off to you!!! Wow

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent people, wonderful cause. Very friendly, helpful and caring. Only dealt with them 3 different times, but A+ service and friendliness each time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity has helped us change the lives of so many animals! They always help us find non-traditional ways of problem solving at our rescue! Fast, efficient, organized! Super helpful and friendly staff! We couldn’t do what we do without them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Waste To Charity has been donating truckloads of tooling, tool cabinets , and other industrial supplies to our organization. If they did not save them they would be filling up local landfills since "BIG BUSINESS" just wants to throw away waste instead of finding a new life and use for it. I also spoke to jack and he donated another truckload of paper products to my sons youth football league. Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, mops, mop buckets, brooms, and garbage cans. Thank You Waste To Charity and to your staff !

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity has been a a huge help to Charlotte County the past 8 months. Donating truckloads of paper towels, toilet paper , and many household items that were distibuted to many of the needy families here in our county. ANYTIME I have called them to see if they have anything they ALWAYS have items ready for me to pickup and get distributed !

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

From Waste To Charity's Form 990 filings:

2009 - Total Revenues: $143,445; Compensation to Jon Fitzgerald: $118,620

2010 - Total Revenues: $108,831; Compensation to Jon Fitzgerald: $78,596

2011 - Total Revenues: $409,083; Compensation to Jon Fitzgerald: $345,914
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Not in any filings but good to know:

Sells majority of donated stock on eBay under the name: industryrecycles
Also sells through a private website with the same name as above
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Personal thoughts:

Majority of donations come from one company and most of the inventory would not end up in a landfill. Check the eBay account above to see their inventory. Most items are new overstock/discontinued with some customer returns that if they weren't donated would be sold to liquidators and other surplus inventory distributors. The only reason the items are donated is because the company, under current regulations, receives more from the tax right-off than they do from liquidating it.

Some things do get donated to other charities (and hopefully from there to people who actually need them) but only if they are deemed unsellable or otherwise not worth dealing with.

Take note of how many of the reviews here have very similar language and how many were posted soon after a bad review was given. Some could be real, but I would bet that most are shills.

Look at the 990's (you can see them on guidestar.org - login required), check out the eBay account, and do a search for Waste To Charity, then decide if this is the kind of charity you want to be associated with.

1 plasmabob

Client Served

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity is a huge benefit across the board. Their dedication to recyling for the good is just one example of their commitment to serving the communities/business where it's needed and paying it forward. Items that would typically be tossed into the garbage or wind up on some storage rack indefinately are sought out and being utilized. They are such a great organization, it goes beyond words to explain. Waste not, want not. Thnak you for all your hard work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity brings so much to the community/city/state, proving once again, we can make a difference, you just need to follow through. Thank you again for doing such a great job.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity goes above and beyond helping others in need. Glad to see supplies not being wasted,keeping materials out of our landfills and in the hands of the people that need them.Glad to see somebody still cares

Kelly60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see first hand what Waste to Charity does to donate items to various charities . Most of the items donated would have filled landfills if it were not for Waste to Charity rescuing them and giving them a new life!

Priscilla F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have listened for years to the many stories of relief and value that Waste to Charity has provided for people here in the USA and abroad. So many of our products in this country are wasted or condemned before they are ruined. What child who is dying of pneumonia or parent who's child is sick wouldn't want any help whatsoever. We need companies like "Waste to Charity" to insure that our country doesn't 'waste' anything, when so many people are in need. I applaud Waste To Charity's efforts during the devastating storms in the Gulf and their efforts are nothing less than relentless!

Review from Guidestar

pflanders

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit keeps untold amounts of materials out of landfills and puts it into the hands of people who can actually do something useful with it! God Bless them, I wish there were more companies committed as fully as Wast to Charity!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization! I love their philosophy - they really embrace what a "not for profit" is all about.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great experience with all staff and volunteers, I look forward to a long relation ship with them

1 Lorri L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity is an environmentally conscious charity that provides a dual purpose for the public... utlizing unused product of companies and keeping that out of landfills, and providing donations to worthwhile charities. What an innovative idea!

degroff

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this organization does a great service to the community and country in general.Recycling old machinery and other products that could end up in landfills, turning them around for other uses is a great service. T HE MAIN REASON THAT I DEAL WITH THIS CHARITY IS, THE PEOPLE ,THE SERVICE TO COMMUNITY AND THE FACT THAT I AM DOING A GOOD THING BY DEALING WITH THEM.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great Organization- everyday people can make a big difference in the environment!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been working with Waste to Charity for several years now. I am impressed at how they have been able to create a company out of items others have no more use for. This not only helps save the environment and landfills from filling up with useful items, but helps all who receive the items with lower overhead for things they need anyway. I look forward to their growth in the future and will keep them in mind anytime I have things to donate.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank goodness that Organizations like this find like minded companies, and put resources to good use. Think about it- when we’re just throwing all of our resources away it is pathetic. Kudos for Waste to Charity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

1,300 Bags of Cat food was a lot to unload off the truck! We had to find people to donate garage space, and it was a lot of work, but we got it done!

Waste to Charity made certain that the food wasn't contaminated, or part of ANY recall.

Thanks to Jack, Natalie, and Joe!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has been a Pioneer in the field of reverse logistics. Their people were very forthcoming, and we were surprised when then actually referred us to another charity, as an option.

When we worked overseas, we were able to place the same methods of both Horizontal Occupancy Ratio-Ratio of exposed floor space in the occupiable space to floor space occupied by warehousing units.

Horizontal Separations-Space consumed by pallets in a column or unit clearances in racks, bins and shelves. Also space consumed by beams, rails shelves or other horizontal supports.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Waste to charity has filed for bankruptcy. Why would you donate to a charity that has been in bankruptcy for almost 2 years or more. If they are doing everything they say they should be ok like all of the other good charities? I was also told they are in a really big lawsuit with tempurpedic.

Donor

Rating: 5

My company donated our old (but working) Plastic Molding Machine to WTC. Our machine was placed directly onto a cargo container, and we could see that the booking for it was Haiti. This was before the big Earthquake, so donating to Haiti really wasn't thought of as much then.
We will gladly donate to WTC in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Wife and I have volunteered for several non profits in the past. Waste to Charity is by far one of the best we have volunteered for. Sending out over 15000 identify it Educational flash cards for children is no simple task and this organization made it happen without a hitch. Would certainly help them again if the opportunity arose.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see first hand the donations that Waste To Charity donates on a daily basis. It amazes me the amount of waste that would be going into our landfills, instead of going to people and countries that need the items in order to survive. America needs more non profits like WTC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

1 Truckload of assorted snack foods, (chips, pretzels, etc.) City of Industry California, going to the local homeless shelter. I volunteered to help unload the truck and it was clear that these snacks were straight from the bakery.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WTC operators have been working on lessening waste and recycling long before it was fashionable. Kudos to them for always doing the right thing.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following the crusade led by Waste to Charity since April 2007. I'm so impressed. Their resources found on their website have been extremely useful. Their programs and photos are inspiring. Thank you Waste To Charity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

You would be more than amazed at how much industrial stuff goes to the landfill. This organization helps companies find uses for large and small quantities of products, ingredients, used machinery and all sorts of items they would normally put in a dumpster. In addition many of the items are distributed to other charitable organizations that can use them. I would like more companies to learn about the enviromental, social and financial benefits to donating.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! We need programs like this to continue to make strides cleaning up the environment and preventing more junk in landfills.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is very dedicated and determined to make a diffence. I feel any grants or funds available should be allotted to help this organization continue to achieve & accomplish their goals.

Comments ( 1 )

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Waste2Charity 04/12/2010

Thanks MG! Every drop of water in the world is connected- By the way folks- This guy also Coaches in about 4 different kids leagues a year- He has helped hundreds of kids be a better player and person- Thanks again MG!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity was the reason we were able to recycle unwanted but certainly useable light fixtures. Jack Fitzgerald and his staff work professionally and effecient in the process.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked for Waste to Charity for over 4 years. This non profit is in a niche that most people don't know about, or understand. Its sort of like a Goodwill or Salvation army, not with retail outlets, but geared to industry and business rather then taking on peoples old clothes or furniture. Every year thousands of products and tons of materials become waste which would eventually end up in land fills. They may be out of date food items, obsolete, damaged, irregular or overstock inventories of any kind. Tools, clothing, computer parts, lighting fixtures, paint, you name it. Instead of paying to have these items thrown away, companies can donate this inventory to charity and write a percentage off the bottom line. Its a win- win - win situation that is good for American business, good for the charity receiving the items, and good for the American public as landfills (which are costly financially and environmentally) don't fill up, and the public, relief NGOs and faith based organizations have the chance to acquire items at substantially reduced cost. Many items are distributed to the poor and needy in this country and abroad because this tax incentive system is in place. This is recycling on a grand scale. "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Part of the reason obsolete inventories become trash is that managing them, storing them, and shipping them is more costly then what the items are worth. None the less SOME of these things still have value and usefulness. Some things are so damaged, old or undesirable that they really are trash. One has to be careful not to see fools gold instead of gold in order not to go bankrupt pedaling junk that can't be reused. Someone has to pay for the time and energy and costs associated with RE-placing these goods. This requires knowledge of a variety of markets, products, transportation systems, cultures, outlets, scams, business models, financing, tax law, salesmanship and partnership & negotiating skills, etc etc etc, plus a lot of savvy and a ton of drive, for oftentimes not much reward. Knowing you are doing good really helps to motivate you in taking on the challenges, plus there is the joy of learning so much, as every day brings on the need for knowledge of a different product. One of my duties at Waste to Charity was to find a home for these inventories. Since our activities included shipping and storing these goods, and warehousing, freight, rent, electricity, internet connections, etc not being free, there are the usual costs of doing business that must be covered by any organization, regardless of its tax status. Just because you are a charity, doesn't mean you get everything for free, or can afford to give away what you put money into, for free. Employees and CEOs of charities need to earn a living as well, to pay personal bills healthcare costs, their own rent, to school and raise their own children, fix cars, and to eat. Just like Goodwill, or the Red Cross, charities must get money to operate from somewhere. Each sells something. I sold some of the inventory we were donated, most of that money went back into the overhead I mentioned earlier. We were not driving around new cars and enjoying expensive vacations. It was challenging, rewarding work and with 5 employees we kept millions of pounds of what would otherwise be trash out of landfills and put it into the hands of those in need, or those in need of a bargain to maintain a small business. I'm so proud of what we were able to do on a skeleton budget and crew with hardly a cash donation received, from any one, any government, or business. We paid our own way with what we made from junk, never turning away possible donations without fully checking out if something was viable, or of interest to another org. My boss Jack Fitzgerald was tireless in his efforts, and by far under compensated for his role as CEO, IT technician, Head of Marketing, Head of Sales, being THE legal department, Chief operations Manager, and wearing the many many hats one must wear to operate a small business. I can't say enough about this organization, especially when you compare how much it accomplishes in comparison with its true "administrative" and operating costs, for this in the end is the true test of how much good a charity is doing, and how much "bang" for the "buck" you are getting when you donate cash or goods. The difference between what the charity puts out there for the good cause, and what it keeps for itself. With Waste to Charity you are making a good choice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Waste to Charity since its inception and have been amazed at the outpouring of gifts and contributions they have made throughout the world! From sending much needed medicine to 3rd world countries to supplying bedding for our disaster ravaged south, this organization steps up to the plate time and time again. I have never heard of a need out there that they have denied were it in their power! And, who else is going to spend so much time, energy and thoughtfulness in the disposal of unspeakable items that we as a country pile up over and over! How did we manage without them!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Since our inception, We have donated millions of dollars worth of food, clothing, medical equipment, and many other items, which were destined for landfills. Our corporate partners have been extremely generous, and have allowed us to streamline their reverse logistics programs. Caveat: I founded the organization, So I'm not sure my rating should count.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great non profit to deal with. WTC has its priorities set on what it does for the environment and the less fortunate. (unlike many other non profit org's out there).

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Waste to Charity, Inc. does a fabulous job furthering the green initiative here in the US by recycling usable products back into the mainstream. Efforts such as theirs keep non-biodegradable items out of our landfills.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This company goes out of its way to help people in need, not to mention helps keeps useable items out of our landfills.