Chicago Tribune—Drop-off boxes not equally charitable By Monica Eng
The process of donating used clothing used to be pretty straightforward, with most of it going to big charities like the Salvation Army, Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul. In recent years, however, clothing donation has become more confusing — even as it's grown more convenient — as a wide array of colorful collection boxes has sprouted up in parking lots all over the nation. Though the drop-off boxes may look similar at first glance, only some are operated by charities. Other boxes are placed by commercial companies that may — or may not — donate some money to charity. And some of the charities involved don't meet the baseline standards of the Better Business Bureau or the Chicago-based American Institute of Philanthropy. Read the entire article.