Good360 History

Gifts In Kind International, presently known as Good 360 was started in the year 1983 and it was incorporated the following year. The first product distributed by this nonprofit was new office equipments worth $ 12 million donated by 3M Company. Gifts in Kind saw its product donations rise and by 1986 they had already distributed products worth $ 44 million to various qualified nonprofits. During the period, their donations also included around 80,000 vacuum cleaners which were channeled to numerous nonprofits, after school programs and senior centers.

Within 3 years of its inception, Gifts In Kind's logistics included 10 warehouses. It was renamed as Gifts In Kind America in 1987 and went on to become the fastest growing and the most efficient charitable organization in the United States. Gifts In Kind America made a significant contribution to the victims of Hurricane Hugo and earthquake victims in California.

During the span of four years from 1991to 1994 the organization reached various milestones which included a major grant by the well-known Pew Charitable Trusts for the Housing, Community Services and Technology Programs run by Goods In Kind America, distribution of donated software programs to more than 5000 charities and many more. A new Retail Donation Partner Program introduced by the organization went on to become an important program for the organization. Through this program, local charities were able to partner with the retail stores in the communities.

Gifts In Kind America was rechristened as Gifts In Kind International in 1996 and it assisted Federal Emergency Management Agency during various disasters. The Retail Donation Partner Program had more than a dozen retailers in it within 2-3 years of its inception.

More than 40 percent of the Fortune 500 companies began working with Gifts In Kind International by 2002 and the organization is recognized for the services rendered to the federal agencies during the September 11 disaster recovery efforts. The organization extends it services to various other nations and it was recently named as Good 360 to signify the evolution of the field of product philanthropy.


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