Got stuff you don’t need? Donate it to Materials for the Arts


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Donate MaterialsJoin thousands of individuals and socially-responsible companies like Google, Marc Jacobs, and COOKFOX Architects in supporting creativity in NYC.

There are several ways to donate:

Typical donations to MFTA include bolts of fabric, paper, art books, office supplies, electronics, props, paint, frames, craft supplies, and furniture. MFTA reserves the right to refuse any item and cannot accept weapons, medicine, dangerous chemicals, or toxic substances.

Listing of MFTA’s Most Wanted Items
Listing of Items Not Accepted by MFTA

some of our material donors:

Material Donors

drop off:

Please schedule your drop off and have your donation approved by contacting the Donations team at or (718)729-2171. Donations may be dropped off at the MFTA warehouse loading dock on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9 am – 3 pm.

To ensure prompt receipt of a tax acknowledgment letter, please provide the donor’s contact information and the donation’s declared value at the time of the drop off. MFTA reserves the right to refuse any item on site.

Loading Dock Location: Northern Boulevard between 33rd and 34th Streets, Long Island City, NY. Upon entering the loading dock call (718)729-2171 and MFTA staff will assist you with your donation.

pick up:

Large, corporate donations may qualify for a free pick up. Each donation will be assessed individually to see if it meets our standards. We consider a variety of factors including: size, quantity, demand for the items, current warehouse inventory, and pick-up location. Trucking is an expensive service that we reserve for the most significant and desirable donations. Because of high demand, this service is usually booked 3-4 weeks in advance. Pickups take place weekdays from 9:30am to 2:00pm.

To discuss your donation, email the Donations team at or call (718)729-2171.

Please note: Scheduled drop offs are the preferred way to donate to MFTA. You can include the cost of transporting your donation to us in the ”declared value” for tax purposes.


Donations may be shipped to MFTA via the US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, DHL, or any private courier service. To ensure prompt receipt of a tax acknowledgment letter, please provide the donor’s contact information and the donation’s declared value with the shipment.

Shipping Address:
Materials for the Arts – Donations
33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101

For questions or concerns regarding shipment, please email the Donations team at or call (718)729-2171.


If you don’t qualify for a warehouse donation or you can’t bring your item to us, Direct Donations are a great alternative. Tax acknowledgement letters are issued once the donation has been picked up by a recipient.

Direct donations connect donors directly to the recipient. We offer a list of postings for items that don’t qualify as a warehouse donation or for donors that can’t drop items off. These items can include furniture, pianos and other large musical instruments, and a variety of other things that our recipients may be looking for.

  1. Donors post their item online.
  2. Interested recipients contact donors directly to pick up the item.
  3. The donor/recipient informs MFTA of the exchange so that we can:
  4. MFTA issues the tax letter to the donor and sends an ‘invoice’ to the recipient.
  5. Recipient writes donor a thank-you letter.