Since 1978, Materials for the Arts has been the one of the largest suppliers of materials to thousands of organizations and, in turn, millions of New Yorkers. But we haven’t done it alone. With the support of everyday people, corporations, and foundations, we have been able to keep materials out of the landfill, enable the arts community to flourish, and provide valuable resources to our public schools. Join us in keeping goods and materials out of landfill and into the hands of New Yorkers by making a contribution today.
Donations are made through Friends of the Materials for the Arts (FOMA), MFTA’s nonprofit partner.
MFTA’s mission is to collect materials, keep them out of landﬁll, and give them to over 4,000 member organizations across the city.
Thanks to donations from businesses and individuals — like you — MFTA is helping those in need and contributing to a cleaner, greener world. You can make donations to MFTA through in-person drop-offs, donation pick-ups, mail, and direct donations.
Looking to unload old supplies or unused inventory? Donate items like these to MFTA:
- Fabric and trim
- Arts & crafts supplies
- Theatrical props
- Beads & jewelry
- Office supplies
- Art books
- Household items
… And so much more!
Items Not Accepted
We strive to take as many items as we can, however, there are items we DO NOT accept. This list includes, but is not limited to:
X Beds, mattresses, bed frames, and bedding
X Damaged Items
X Electronics that no longer function or are outdated by 5+ years.
X Dirty or soiled fabric/clothing
X Food, containers with food residue, alcohol, consumable drinking liquids of any kind
X Extremely large furniture or set pieces (Accepted through our Direct Donation Program)
X Pianos (Accepted through our Direct Donation Program)
Unsure if your donation meets our criteria? Check to see if your items are accepted by MFTA
How to Donate
Materials may be dropped off at the MFTA Warehouse by appointment only: Mon, Wed & Fri, 9 AM-2:30 PM. The loading dock is located at
33-00 Northern Blvd, Long Island City in Queens.
Some large & corporate donations may qualify for free pick up. Factors include size, quantity, demand & location. The items must first be assessed by MFTA staff.
Send your pre-approved materials directly to the MFTA Warehouse via any mail or courier service. Include a copy of our donation drop-off form with your package. Materials for the Arts, Attn: DONATIONS, 33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101.
MFTA hosts an online portal where donors can post items that cannot be accommodated in the warehouse. Members contact you directly to arrange pick up. These items may include a laptop or cell phone, pianos, cars, cubicles and large appliances.
Register and Enroll
Want to make a donation? You need to set up an account to submit requests, donate items, upload pictures, and manage the donation process.
For any donation inquiry please email donations@ mfta.nyc.gov.
Click here to learn more about MFTA materials donations.
Be sure to include the donor’s contact information and declared value of donated items to ensure prompt receipt of a tax acknowledgement letter.
MFTA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY ITEM
Any materials not officially approved or ones that fail to meet quality standards will not be accepted.