Definition of In-Kind Grant Contributions

by S.R. Haines
Volunteers and goods are examples of in-kind contributions.

Volunteers and goods are examples of in-kind contributions.

Corporations and foundations can provide in-kind charitable grant contributions in lieu of or in addition to monetary donations. In-kind, or non-cash, donations can be goods, services or the labor of people assigned to assist a nonprofit organization. Donors determine the value of these contributions by assessing a monetary value for the outright donation or loan over a specified period.

Examples of Goods

Goods can include computers, computer software, office equipment and meeting spaces. Depending on what the nonprofit organization needs, goods can include wheelchairs and wheelchair ramps or new shoes and nonperishable foods.

Examples of Services

Donated services can include website hosting, transportation, printing services, technical support and membership on your nonprofit’s board of directors. Nonprofit foundations can donate nonprofit training services.

Individual People Time

Volunteers can donate their time and corporations can “loan” their paid employees to assist a nonprofit for a specified period. For example, a business can send a lawyer or accountant on the company payroll to help a nonprofit at no charge to the charity for a week or longer.

Acknowledging the Donation

Determining the fair market value of an in-kind donation is the responsibility of the donor for bookkeeping or tax purposes, according to the Raise-Funds website. However, a recipient's acknowledgement can include how much it would have cost to hire a person or pay the retail price for donated goods or services.

About the Author

S.R. Haines is a veteran writer whose work has been published by newspapers, magazines, international news wire services and nonprofit publications on topics ranging from breaking news and politics to travel, parenting, education, business and technology. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

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