Delivering Good is a nonprofit organization that “turns donated product from the fashion, home, and children’s industries into hope and dignity for millions of people impacted by poverty and natural disasters every year.”1
The organization receives both financial and product donations directly from companies, foundations, and individuals. This national charity receives high ratings for their low overhead and their ability to help people effectively. For every $10 of cash raised, Delivering Good provides $100 worth of donated new product.2
Once new products are donated, Delivering Good distributes them to appropriate local partner organizations, such as food banks, military bases, Native American reservations, relief organizations, prisons, religious organizations, afterschool programs, hospitals, and schools. In 2017 alone, over 400 companies donated more than 13 million of new products valued at $152 million that were distributed by over 500 community partners.3
The organization was founded in 1985 as Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) by children’s industry executives Karen Bromley, Fred Brown, Ezra Dabah, Andy Kahn, Carol Reisman, Mike Searles, and Barbara Toback as a response to the famine in Ethiopia.4 The children's industry donated $250,000 of merchandise to the children in Ethiopia that year. For the first five years they focused on children suffering from disasters and poverty internationally, but in 1990 they began to also serve families in need in America.
At the American International Toy Fair in New York City, exhibitors donate toys to the Toy Industry Foundation's Toy Bank. These toys and educational products are then distributed through Delivering Good. From all their toy partnerships, within the first fifteen years beginning in 2003, they were able to donate more than $100 million worth of toys and entertainment products to more than 24 million children in need.5
In 2005 K.I.D.S. began working with a new organization formed by the adult apparel and home industries called Fashion Delivers to provide relief from natural disasters, and in 2014 they merged their efforts as K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. The organization was rebranded as Delivering Good in 2017.6
In 2018, Delivering Good reported that since their inception they have distributed over $1.8 billion of donated products through their network of community partners7 to help millions across the country and abroad in families that are homeless, in the military, dealing with low literacy, major illness or natural disasters, as well as domestic abuse and incarceration.8
- 1. “Annual Gala.” Delivering Good. < https://www.delivering-good.org/events/annual-gala/ > 17 Oct. 2018.
- 2. “K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Changes Name to Delivering Good.” Delivering Good. < https://www.delivering-good.org/about-us/media-room/# > 17 Oct. 2018.
- 3. Op. cit., “Annual Gala.”
- 4. “About Us.” Delivering Good. < https://www.delivering-good.org/about-us/ > 17 Oct. 2018.
- 5. “The Toy Bank.” The Toy Foundation. < https://www.toyindustryfoundation.org/TIF/What_We_Do/The_Toy_Bank/The_Toy_Bank.aspx#.W8d5a2hKiUk > 17 Oct. 2018.
- 6. Op. cit., “About Us.”
- 7. Op. cit., “Annual Gala.”
- 8. Private correspondence from K.I.D.S. 15 Aug. 2012.