Year after year, In Kind Direct delivers real benefits to hard-pressed communities, to business and to the environment – I hope an example of the virtuous circle in action. Our plans for the future are ambitious, not only increasing our impact in this country, but spreading the idea to other countries too. The demand for the help which In Kind Direct gives is enormous. This situation will only increase in the current economic climate and I can only urge more companies to recognize the difference they can make by working through In Kind Direct.HRH The Prince of Wales
Every day charities in the UK struggle to raise sufficient funds to purchase essential items to sustain their operations. At the same time companies send the very same items to landfill, either deemed as surplus or not fit to retail because of slight cosmetic flaws in the product or packaging.
Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1996, In Kind Direct runs a unique service redistributing surplus products from manufacturers and retailers to UK charities working at home and abroad.
Matching Surplus to Need
In Kind Direct provides a single contact point for companies with usable, quality surplus goods to donate. We have the logistics infrastructure and expertise to accept store and sort large and varied loads of product and then deliver stock to charities’ doors in response to their needs and demands.We address companies’ brand protection concerns by thoroughly vetting all charities within our network and monitoring them to ensure products are used only in their operations or to give to the disadvantaged people they help.
The result is a unique, efficient and highly practical solution which diverts usable goods from being wasted and releases huge additional resource into the voluntary sector.
Growing our impact
Since starting operations, In Kind Direct has distributed £130 million in value of goods from more than 900 companies. 6,300 charities have received products to date, helping millions of people in need every year. Examples include: women’s refuges, hospices, homeless shelters, youth projects, arts projects, family welfare groups, refugee projects, community nurseries and disabled people’s groups.
In Kind Direct’s operations have grown substantially in recent years – 2012 was our most impactful year yet, with more than £12.5 million in value of products distributed to more charities with even more products. In 2011 we also launched The In Kind Direct International Network to take forward The Prince’s vision to expand in kind giving to the Commonwealth and other countries.
Huge nappy donation arrives at In Kind Direct warehouse.
The Rossendale Trust receives cookware to supports people with learning and physical disabilities to develop in confidence and independance.
Most young parents have very little money to treat themselves or their babies so the In Kind Direct products are highly appreciated by the teenagers.” Rosehill Project, Lancashire
Emmaus Cambridge sources essential items and cleaning supplies for the men in their communities
Hackney Care for Kids has received a wide range of goods including toys, baby clothes, toiletries, cleaning equipment, furniture, hi-vis jackets, toilet roll and stationary
Goods are sorted, stored and distributed from our warehouse operation in Telford
Greenwich Toy & Leisure Library Association is one of In Kind Direct's registered charities and the leading toy library for children with special needs (and their families/carers) in the UK.
In Kind Direct redistributes surplus goods from manufacturers and retailers to UK charities working at home and abroad.
Women @ the Well is one of In Kind Direct's registered charities, who provides support, practical advice and assistance to vunerable street women in need.
Emmaus is one of In Kind Direct's registered charities, who provide both homes and employment to men who were formerly homeless.
World Jewish Relief is one of In Kind Direct's registered charities and provides emergency relief, welfare and community support programmes to communities overseas who are at risk or in crisis.
Salvation Army - Scarborough
"We order a lot from In Kind Direct in the run up to Christmas – toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and small cosmetic items. We use these products to fill shoe boxes for the homeless. We made up 50 boxed for our most recent appeal – this would not have been possible if we had bought the items for full price in the shops" Jackie Dartnall-Smith, Salvation Army, Scarborough.The Salvation Army Scarborough provides services for the youth and the homeless within the local area. They work with youth attending…Read case study