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Join the growing roster of businesses and individuals who support the arts community in NYC.  Materials for the Arts collects a wide variety of items which are distributed for free to MFTA recipients in New York City's artistic and educational communities. Donations may:
  • Be dropped off at MFTA
  • Qualify for a free pickup
  • Be shipped to MFTA
  • Be posted online to the Direct Donations list

Donations are tax-deductible: Donors must declare the value of their donation to receive a letter for tax purposes.

Registered donors can log into their account via the Member Log-in screen.

Direct Donations is a great alternative to putting items in a landfill, and it allows you to meet the artists, educators, and community organizers who directly benefit from your generosity. By saving 1,630,000 lbs of materials from the waste stream last year, Materials for the Arts offset CO2 emissions equivalent to 553,500 trees, which is 25x the amount of trees in Central Park.

Typical donations to MFTA include bolts of fabric, paper, art books, office supplies, electronics, props, paint, frames, craft supplies, and furniture. MFTA reserves the right to refuse any item and cannot accept weapons, medicine, dangerous chemicals, or toxic substances.

Listing of MFTA's Most Wanted Items
Listing of Items Not Accepted by MFTA

For more information on donating to MFTA, click the links below or contact the Donations team at or 718-729-2065.

Become a Materials for the Arts Donor

Drop Off
Please schedule your drop off and have your donation approved by contacting the Donations team at or 718-729-2065.

Donations may be dropped off at the MFTA warehouse's loading dock on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 9:00am and 3:30pm.

To ensure prompt receipt of a tax acknowledgment letter, please provide the donor's contact information and the declared value of the dontation at the time of the drop off.

MFTA reserves the right to refuse any item on site.

Loading Dock Location:
Northern Boulevard between 33rd and 34th Streets, Long Island City, NY

Upon entering the loading dock call 718-729-2007 and MFTA staff will assist you with your donation.
Large, corporate donations may qualify for a free pick up. Each donation will be assessed individually to see if it meets our standards. We consider a variety of factors including: size, quantity, demand for the items, current warehouse inventory, and pick-up location.

Trucking is an expensive service that we reserve for the most significant and desirable donations. Because of high demand, this service is usually booked 3-4 weeks in advance. Pickups take place weekdays from 9:30am to 2:00pm.

To discuss your donation, email the Donations team at or call 718-729-2065.

Please note: Scheduled drop offs are the preferred way to donate to MFTA. You can include the cost of transporting your donation to us in the ”declared value” for tax purposes.
Donations may be shipped to MFTA via the US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, DHL, or any private courier service. To ensure prompt receipt of a tax acknowledgment letter, please provide the donor's contact information and the donation's declared value with the shipment.

Shipping Address:
Materials for the Arts - Donations
33-00 Northern Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101

For questions or concerns regarding shipment, please email the Donations team at or call 718-729-2065.
Any item can be donated through MFTA's Direct Donations list, which can be accessed online by MFTA recipients. Interested recipients can request the donor's contact information to discuss the listing. Recipients are responsible for all arrangements regarding pick up of the item.

Once an item on Direct Donations has been taken by an MFTA recipient, the donor will receive a tax acknowledgement letter.

For questions or concerns about the Direct Donations list, please email the Donations team at or call 718-729-2103.

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