Material Donations

What to Donate

RAFT relies on the business and manufacturing community to provide the bulk of materials found in our warehouse and distributed through various kits and programs.

Items that you’ve been discarding or recycling can become fascinating learning tools. With some imagination your odds and ends can be incredibly useful. If it’s clean, safe, and abundant; if it’s an interesting shape, color, or texture; if you think a kid might like it… call us!

We welcome donations from local businesses. At this time, we are not able to accept household donations from individuals.

Corporate Donations

RAFT is always looking for new items to create learning activities. Materials must be new, in clean condition, and suitable for student use. Bulk quantities are preferred.

While you must deliver or ship smaller quantities to us, RAFT does offer FREE pick up of donated materials for Bay Area businesses with at least one pallet-load (approximately 20-40 boxes) of materials set aside. 

Corporate Donation Pickup Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Items We Accept

  • Office – calendars, erasers, pens, highlighters, markers, pencils, erasers, paper clips, staples and staplers, tape dispensers, adhesive tape, rubber bands, maps
  • Arts and Crafts – Stretched canvases, colored cellophane, drawing materials, framing materials (matt board, frames), scrapbooking supplies, stickers
  • Manufacturing/packaging materials – Collapsible boxes, decorative gift boxes, end cuts and punch outs from manufacturing, foam pieces, mailers, misses or overruns
  • Lab equipment – New beakers, flasks and test tubes, funnels, working microscopes, petri dishes, pipettes, tips and trays, vials, gloves
  • Promotional items – Corporate branded bags, mugs, caps, t-shirts, polo shirts, trade show gifts
  • Paper – Cardboard tubes, packaged cardstock and colored paper, packaged copy paper, foam core board, envelopes, poster board, cash register tape, paper or canvas bags, tissue paper
  • Party supplies – Balloons, seasonal party supplies, holiday decorations
  • Textiles – Carpet squares, large fabric pieces, sample books, string, yarn
  • Kitchen – Coffee stirrers, clean new food trays, drinking cups, strawberry baskets, plastic bottles, straws. All items must be new and unused.
  • Specialty items – Foil printing paper, corks, rubber goods, beads, dowels, scrap wood, plastic containers, film canisters with lids


Items We DO NOT Accept

Due to space constraints, at times we may not be able to take certain items even though they appear on our list. RAFT reserves the right to refuse donations even if they have been approved unseen via the phone or email.

  • Soiled, hazardous, contaminated, or broken items
  • Large furniture items such as desks or partitions. Please click here for information about furniture we can accept.
  • Containers that once held food (including vitamins/medications) or chemicals such as soap, bleach, or petroleum products
  • Sharp items, such as needles or metal/glass fragments
  • Teaching manuals, guidebooks, or lesson plans
  • CRT monitors, old computers or software, mouse pads
  • Binders (please call ahead first to see if we can accept them)
  • Household items, such as clothes, infant items, or appliances
  • Packaging supplies (i.e. peanuts or packing foam), Styrofoam, newspapers, pinecones, bark, or animal items

Pickup Request Form

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We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 77-0365627. All donations to RAFT are tax deductible to the limit allowed by the law.
No goods or services will be provided in exchange for your contribution.