Donation FAQs

How can I make a donation?
You can make a one time contribution or sign-up to contribute monthly using our secure, encrypted and easy-to-use online donation page. We accept donations via Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, or PayPal. To make a contribution by check, please make the check payable to “The Story of Stuff Project” and mail it to:

The Story of Stuff Project 

1442 A Walnut Street, #272

Berkeley, CA 94709

You can also make a donation over the phone by calling us at 1.510.883.1055 during regular office hours (PST) Monday – Thursday.

Story of Stuff is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations registered in the state of California and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law in the United States. Our federal employment identification number is 46-4334785.

How can I adjust my monthly donation information?
Thank you for your continued support of the Story of Stuff Project! We are very grateful for your generous monthly gift. If you need to adjust the amount, update your address or payment information, or cancel your monthly donation, visit this login page and enter your username and password. If this is your first time, just click “Never logged in before” and follow the instructions to set up a username and password for our donation site. You can also call our office at 510.883.1055  and our staff can help you update your monthly donation over the phone.

How can I become a monthly sustainer?
Members of our “Story Alliance” make regular monthly contributions to support the Story of Stuff Project. Sign up for automatic, monthly contributions by going to our online donation page and selecting “Donation Type: Monthly” to ensure you are providing steady and lasting support for Story of Stuff’s work. We truly appreciate your ongoing contributions!

Does your organization utilize AmazonSmile?
We strongly advocate for reducing, reusing, and repurposing Stuff. We also know lots of people are using online retailers to purchase used books, equipment, supplies, and other Stuff at work and at home. If you or your workplace use Amazon, log on at and designate ‘Story of Stuff Project’ as your charity. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to us. For full program details, visit the AmazonSmile page.

How can I make a matching gift?   
Many employers will match your charitable contributions dollar for dollar, and sometimes more. Please check with your employer to see if they provide a matching gift program for employees. We are registered with Benevity, YourCause, America’s Charities, Network for Good, PayPal Giving, Fidelity Charitable, and other third party platforms used by many employers. If you need any assistance completing matching gift forms, please contact

What is Catalog Choice and how does it relate to Story of Stuff?    
Catalog Choice is a free junk mail opt-out service that reduces paper waste, protects your privacy, and helps simplify your life. As of April 2015, Catalog Choice is now owned and operated by The Story of Stuff Project. Donations to Catalog Choice help keep the platform running in addition to supporting the broader work of the Story of Stuff Project.

I’d like more information before I make a donation.
The Story of Stuff Project depends on donations from individuals like you and we’re committed to integrity, transparency, and nonprofit best practices. Please visit our page on Guidestar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits, for more information about our finances, programs, impact, and leadership. If you need additional information please contact We’re happy to answer your questions!