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If you are making a gift online, these options will also appear in the drop-down menu for gift designation on the online donation page.

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Q. I have a collection of old National Geographic magazines that I would like to donate to charity. Where should I donate them?

A. You are not the first to ask us for advice about giving away old National Geographic magazines. It seems that no one likes to throw them out, and we are gratified that this is so. But eventually people do run out of room.

A few people have written to us to request hand-me-down collections of National Geographic for various book-distribution charities. A list of these groups appears below. You might also check with nearby nursing and retirement homes, prisons, hospitals, or schools to see if they would welcome your donation.

The organizations below distribute primarily outside the U.S. Most of them can pay to send books and magazines overseas, but not for postage to their offices or warehouses. However, the cost of shipping and the estimated value of the donations are usually tax-deductible. Please consult your tax advisers.

Each organization has different policies on donations and procedures for packing. Call or write these organizations for specific instructions. The addresses below are not necessarily the addresses to which you should send your magazines.

Bridge to Asia
665 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108 U.S.A.
Tel: 1-415-678-2990
Fax: 1-415-678-2996
Web site: www.bridge.org
Email: asianet@bridge.org

Darien Book Aid Plan Inc.
1926 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820 U.S.A.
Tel: 1-203-655-2777
Web site: www.darienbookaid.org
Email: darienbookaid@yahoo.com

116 Lowes Food Drive
Levisville, NC 27023 U.S.A
Web site: www.booksforsoldiers.com
Email: info@booksforsoldiers.com


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