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

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  1. Dave442

    Dave442 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I know my sister donated a lot of our old film cameras (and a good part of my darkroom equipment) to a local college film program.


     
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  3. OldManJim

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    Here's a thought - my local camera store has a section of used equipment. they take it in on consignment and charge (I think) 20% as a fee. I've found some interesting equipment there, some nice glass, and some oddball accessories. My store would help you with pricing as well. It may take a while to sell things, and it's piecemeal, but it's also painless - except for the part about letting your cherished equipment go!
     
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    Depends on what you want the outcome to be. Most org's will just sell the stuff (good will etc) they dont have much use for the cameras as they stand. As you mentioned most schools want digital stuff although you may find a university that still offers film. Chances are they have lots of stuff lying around from the film days.

    My suggestion would be to find a local camera/photography group (things like meetup.com can help with this). Get to know the members and then find out who is interested in film and give them the gear directly. This way you now it will go to a good home, you have some control over who it goes to and you know it will be used for photography and not just a quick profit. There are a lot of young people who are getting back into film, or want to, but dont know where to start or how to use the gear once they have it. An instructional hour would also go a long way if you have the time.

    If you are in the Philly area I know a few young photographers that might be interested.
     
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    I am in process of contacting a local Art Institute with a photography program and a local university that has a film photography program. I did note that an Art School that I researched was a for-profit, which negates the tax benefit of a donation.
     
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    But are you doing film-based photography, e.g. 35mm film?
     
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    Wanted to close out this post with a thank-you to all that provided tips and suggestions for my donation.

    Fortunately, I have received a reply from a major university within driving distance, that has a significant film-based photography program with well-equipped darkroom and processing facilities. They can place the equipment from my donation with their students to use during their program, especially with the larger format cameras, since they have very few in their inventory. So we are making arrangements to transfer most of the equipment to the school, and for whatever remains, I will use several of the suggestions offered to place that equipment.
     
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    Glad to hear you found a good home for your equipment. Hopefully, it will give years of joy and discovery to the users. This generous act should not go unrewarded.
     
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    Glad you found a school whose students can use it.
     

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