How can NGOs get donations of books, computers and other types of in-kind support?

As we continuously struggle to find and apply for new grants, we often overlook the significance of another type of support that can be easier to mobilize and manage. In this case, there are usually no lengthy project proposals, no Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and in some cases, not even project reports demanded by donors. We are talking about in-kind support in form of books, computers, clothing, medicines and others that are equally important for your mission to help the poor.

Organizations can raise non-financial support easily from both agencies as well as individuals. While there are a number international agencies that mobilize, collect and distribute materials around the world for the poor and affected communities, there are also individuals and families willing to donate used items. Locally, you are mostly likely to find such people and seek their in-contribution for your work.

How can NGOs get donations of books, computers and other types of in-kind support?

Before you can think of mobilizing in-kind support from individuals and agencies, you need to develop a wish list of what type of material you need. If you are working with poor children, then you may be looking for book donations or even toys. If you are serving a population that has recently been affected by a disaster, then you may need food and medicines as part of the urgent relief work.

One important factor to keep in mind while trying to mobilize in-kind support is the cost towards shipping the donated material. Many international agencies that arrange such resources also ensure shipping the material to the places where they are required. But local in-kind contributions can quickly add up as costs if they are mobilized from distant places, as transferring them to the place of need can be expensive.

We have gathered a list of international agencies that provide in-kind donations for NGOs around the world. Click on the ‘next’ link below to learn about these agencies.


ISID Research Grants Program: Supporting the Professional Development of Individuals

Comic Relief: Seeking Applications for Safe, Secure, Settled Fund

EC-Growth Call for Proposals: Development of European SMEs in International Business through SME Networks

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Prince Bernhard Nature Fund: Seeking Applications to Save Endangered Flora and Fauna

UN Women CFPs: Action Oriented Advocacy Research to Inform Key Stakeholders Efforts to End Gender-Based Discrimination and Violence against Women

USAID-Kiev: Seeking Applications for “The Media Program in Ukraine”

Souter Charitable Trust: Supporting Projects Engaged in the Relief of Human Suffering in UK

U.S. Embassy in Benin: PAS Small Grants Program for All Audiences

USAID-LENS: BSP Private Sector Transformation and Service Support Grant Program

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Caring for Vulnerable Children in a Fractured World Programme

LASC: Seeking Applications for International Grants

Russell Sage Foundation Grants: The Social, Economic and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Russell Sage Foundation’s Social Inequality Grants Program: Supporting Innovative Research on Economic Inequality

VIA Art Fund: Supporting Artistic Projects and Incubators

Applications Open for Palliative Care Development in Africa’s Small Grants Programme!

Acción Cultural Española: Seeking Applications for Mobility Grants Program

The Waterloo Foundation: Inviting Applicants for Environment’s Marine Programme

EU Call for Proposals: Enhance Local Authorities’ Contributions to Governance and Development Processes

U.S. Embassy in Denmark: Countering Violent Extremism TechCamp

U.S. Embassy New Zealand, PAS:  Public Diplomacy Grants Program

Rural Women New Zealand: Inviting Applicants for Audrey Reid Grant

The Waterloo Foundation: Seeking Applications for Environment’s Tropical Rainforests Programme

EC-EaSI Call for Proposals: Access to Social Protection and National Reform Support