Gifts in Kind expands – Gates gives seed money

Gifts In Kind International, a nonprofit that helps businesses make product and service donations to charity, will expand its operations throughout the world with the help of a $2.75 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“Gifts in Kind improves access to important products such as clothing, building materials, office supplies and educational materials,” said William H. Gates Sr., co-chair of the Gates foundation.

“We are pleased to support this organization that will improve people’s lives around the world by bringing vital supplies closer to them.”

In cooperation with Partners of America and United Way International, Gifts in Kind will launch local programs in six sites this year, including cities in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

Current plans call for 30 affiliated organizations to be developed over the next 10 years.

Gifts In Kind sees the Gates grant as seed money, and is seeking matching grants to fund its global expansion, president and chief executive officer said.

Gifts in Kind International provides charities with access to more than $350 million annually in product and service donations. The group designs and manages the donation process free of charge for manufacturers and retailers, including 30 percent of the Fortune 500.

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