Funding enables In Kind to create web catalogue


In Kind, a charity set up by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1996, has
received a £50,000 investment for the next two years from
consumer goods company Procter & Gamble to support the work it
does for other charities. A spokesperson for the charity, which
distributes manufacturers’ and retailers’ surplus product to good
causes, said that the “strategic grant” represents
the “latest move in P&G’s long-standing relationship with
In Kind”.

The funding has helped In Kind create an online catalogue that
has “transformed” the way the charity is able to
operate. “By creating an online catalogue of our goods we
have been able to streamline our processes,” said chief
executive Robin Boles. “This means we have been able to
make registration free for charities joining our network, saving
them substantial amounts on their running costs.” In the
six months since registration was made free, the number of logins
to In Kind’s online catalogue has increased by 60 per cent.

In April, In Kind received 20,000 items from Argos, the largest
donation made to the charity so far. The goods will be visible on
In Kind’s online catalogue, allowing other charities to select
what they need. These will then be delivered by In Kind’s
transport partner, DHL Exel Supply Chain.

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