How do I Donate CD's For Charity?

by Jamie Lisse

If you have a lot of old CDs in your music collection and you don't want to throw them away or sell them to a used CD store, you can donate the CDs to a local charity. A wide variety of charities accept CD donations, such as day care or elder care facilities and churches. If you make the donation to a tax exempt organization, you can claim the donation on your taxes.

Identify charities in your area by looking on Charity Vault or search for local Goodwill and Salvation Army stores. Typically, the types of places you can donate CDs to include libraries, thrift stores, nursing homes, churches and day care facilities.

Look up the charity you want to donate to on the Internal Revenue Service website to check if it's tax exempt. If the charity is not tax exempt, you cannot claim the donation on your taxes.

Check the fair market value of the CDs on a Internet site such as Second Spin, a buyer and seller of used CDs. You will need an estimate of what the CDs are worth when you claim them on your taxes.

Take the CDs that you want to donate to the charity donation center. If the charity only accepts donations during certain hours, make sure you only drop off the CDs during that period. Get your donation receipt when you drop off the CDs, if you want to claim the donation on your taxes.

About the Author

Jamie Lisse has been writing professionally since 1997. She has published works with a number of online and print publishers. Her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, travel, entertainment, digital media and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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