I posted to donate items for pumping and testing that I no longer use. The website took it off and advised me that it’s not allowed (due to prescriptions!)… and I overlooked it. I understand the liability.
March 6, 2010
We truly appreciate the many wonderful donors who have made it possible for us over the years to help tens of thousands of people with diabetes get free supplies and insulin pumps. We have received (and shipped) more than $1.5 million dollars in free supplies since the beginning of 2007. Without your generous supply donations, we would not have been able to help so many people.
Unfortunately, even when so many supplies were donated for free, we still had tremendous overhead expenses including office space, telephone and web costs, and our biggest expense: shipping all those supplies to people in need.
We have not been able to attract many donors who were able to contribute financially to help us with our overhead costs, and, because we have never had any paid staff, many grant makers turned us down. Most grant makers require an organization to have at least one or two full-time paid staff to hold someone "accountable" for how grant money is spent -- but will not offer grant money for us to hire staff.
It has now become necessary for us to change our business model and find new and more cost-effective ways to help people in need. As we work on changing our organizational structure, we regret that we are unable to accept any new applications for assistance or any more in-kind donations at this time.
Please be advised that until further notice, any applications or gift in-kind donations received after March 15, 2010 will not be acknowledged.
We are accepting financial donations, which are still tax deductible (we will send a receipt for all financial donations.) All financial donations will be used to help us ship remaining supplies to free clinics in the U.S., and to build reserves so that we can hire the staff necessary to run an organization the size of iPump.
If you wish to help us fund our future goals, CLICK HERE to make tax-deductible donation.
We will continue to work hard behind the scenes to find new ways to forge ahead with our mission. For now, we entourage you to contact free clinics or your local JDRF chapter representative to see where you may be able to donate your spare diabetes supplies.
We wish to express our deepest appreciation to all those who sent us supplies. Your kindness and compassion enabled us to help many people with diabetes in 46 states.
The iPump Board of Directors