During a disaster, up to 60% of product donations are thrown away because they’re the wrong products at the wrong time.
That’s according to philanthropic organization Good360, which solves the problem by soliciting specific products and matching them with its network of 90,000 nonprofits. Now, it’s helping manufacturers provide much-needed supplies to the COVID-19 relief effort and prepare for a hurricane season during a public health crisis.
How it works: As a partner to the NAM, Good360 makes it as easy as possible for manufacturers to donate products.
- Once a manufacturer makes contact, Good360 will find out what and how much it wishes to donate and where the supplies are located.
- Then Good360 finds the right nonprofit to receive the donation—and picks it up and moves it where it needs to go.
How long it takes: Pickups happen within the week, with timelines typically closer to 48 hours.
What they need: Good360 is looking for everything from PPE for frontline workers to essential consumer products for families to toys and games for kids stuck at home. Critical needs include the following:
- N95 masks
- Face shields
- Tyvek coveralls/shoe covers
- Nitrile gloves
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfectant wipes
- Baby formula
- Personal hygiene products (dental, cosmetics, soap/conditioner, lotions)
- Home cleaning supplies
- Paper products (plates, paper towels, toilet tissue)
- Boredom breakers (board games, cards, coloring books)
- Education materials
- Laptops and computers
Beyond COVID: As the U.S. enters hurricane season, Good360 is also preparing to respond to additional needs for products like shingles, building supplies and other vital materials.
How to help: Manufacturers that have products or financial support to donate should visit Good360’s online portal.