Donating 1970's Film cameras to non-profit organization?

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    I am a retired aficionado of 1970's era film cameras. I have a collection of Nikons, Nikormats,Olympus Pen, Pentax and other SLR 35 mm cameras, lenses and accessories, as will as a couple Twin Lens Reflexes and larger format 6x7 cameras and accessories. All in great condition.

    I am trying to find an organization that would accept donations of such camera items, e.g. youth clubs, schools/colleges, or any non-profit associations like Lion's clubs. I would prefer not to donate simply to a Goodwill or similar national groups that simply resell donated items. Would prefer to see these cameras given to some group that can use/appreciate or learn from this equipment.

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    I am a retired aficionado of 1970's era film cameras. I have a collection of Nikons, Nikormats,Olympus Pen, Pentax and other SLR 35 mm cameras, lenses and accessories, as will as a couple Twin Lens Reflexes and larger format 6x7 cameras and accessories. All in great condition.

    I am trying to find an organization that would accept donations of such camera items, e.g. youth clubs, schools/colleges, or any non-profit associations like Lion's clubs. I would prefer not to donate simply to a Goodwill or similar national groups that simply resell donated items. Would prefer to see these cameras given to some group that can use/appreciate or learn from this equipment.

    Welcome any recommendations from forum members.

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    Seriously, this is a good place to do so. That's how I got started, not by someone giving me one but by reading all the posts in the film section here. It got me real interested and now I shoot film quite often. There are probably a few people on here that would like to get into film photography but can't afford the cost of the hardware. I have given a couple away and received a couple. I have more to give away but just finding the time to do so. There are some generous people that post here and given away thousands worth of film gear. I just gave away a $300 valued film camera to someone who will use it, I just didn't make it public this time out because I knew their desire for one.

    If you don't want the bother of all that, I assume you may investigate your local colleges to see if they have film photography courses. However, at least here, you know they will go to good use.
     
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    I feel like your best bet would be an Art Institute that has a photography program. The kids would be able to check them out from the school to use for classes or for fun
     
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    A local high school or community college that still teaches photography.
     
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    Both of the above... I'd try high schools, colleges, tech/vocational schools, community art centers, etc. It might take contacting a number of places to find out if they can use the equipment.

    Your description made me drool on my keyboard at the thought, so it's probably a matter of finding a place that teaches photography and would love to have all that equipment.
     
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    If you get no takers for donated film equipment, I'd consider selling it and donating the proceeds to a favorite charity or two. You might find your collection is worth several hundreds of dollars and you could use that money to fund a group of aspiring photographers if you like.

    I mention this because I donated a complete darkroom setup for 35mm, MF and LF equipment to my local high school only to find that 4 years later, they threw it all out!
     
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    Thank you for the suggestion of donating to an interested beginner. I may well do a few pieces like that if I can sort out the ones in need versus getting something free and reselling. Also as a retired pensioner, the ability to get some tax deduction credit for a donation to a non-profit would be awfully handy at tax time!
     
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    Thanks, tried that. Area high schools and local community colleges only interested in digital equipment, noting that their push is with graphic arts and digital photo-editing.
     
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    Yes, I also fear that a donation would be accepted but later discarded and it seems a waste of some very fine camera equipment and optics.

    Selling the equipment and donating the proceeds is an interesting idea, but I have very limited experience selling online and at times the process of listing and selling proved very time consuming.
     

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