In-Kind Contributions

Nonprofit organizations are often recipients of in-kind contributions as well as monetary contributions. In-kind contributions (or in-kind gifts) are noncash transactions that involve goods or services donated by individuals, corporations, and associations. Instead of cash, the nonprofit organization receives some other gift that assists the organization in carrying out its mission. Common examples of in-kind contributions include donated space, office supplies, printing and shipping, health aids, land, technical advice, discounts not otherwise available, and many other types of goods and services. This entry discusses the three main categories of in-kind contributions, strategies for both giving and receiving in-kind gifts, determining the value of contributions, and benefits to donors.

Although in-kind contributions vary as widely as the missions that drive nonprofit groups, there are generally three categories ...

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