Gaia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why does Gaia selling the donated clothes instead of giving them away?

Gaia does the same as ALL other clothes collectors including Salvation Army and Goodwill. There are more clothes collected than needed locally.
Gaia is selling most of the clothes and shoes received in the donation bins. A small part is given away via Aldermen and shelters, but the main part is sold mainly to Central America, where it supplies cheap good quality clothes to poor people and create work to many people.

Is my Gaia donation tax-deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax-deductible. You can get a tax receipt by calling Gaia 773 651 7870.

How long has Gaia been around?

The Gaia Movement started in March 1999 in Chicago as an environmental non-profit organization approved by IRS as a 501c3 organization with the main program “keep textile out of the landfills”, supporting other environmental projects around the world and educate about environmental issues.

How much does Gaia donate to charity, how much goes to fundraising and how much to administration?

68% of Gaia funds go directly to charity. Critics like Charity Watchdog state that very little of the money The Gaia Movement raises goes to charitable purposes. That is completely false. Gaia’s main program to keep used clothes and shoes out of the landfills (not fundraising!) provides 68% of the directly to charity, 18% to fundraising and 13% to administration.

Is the Gaia Movement linked to other organizations?

The Gaia Movement is an independent non-profit organization and is not linked to any other groups or organizations. Some for-profit clothes collectors are members of SMART (Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles) where they exchange experiences:
https://www.smartasn.org/membership/qualifications-applications/
As of now there is no similar organization for non-profit recyclers like the Gaia Movement, Goodwill, Salvation Army and others.

Is the Gaia Movement legit?

The Gaia Movement (Gaia) was incorporated with the IRS in 1999 as a non-profit organization and has had this legal status all of the years we have operated. Gaia is in good standing with the state of Illinois and Kentucky. Gaia also has a business license with city of Chicago. All our clothes collection boxes are placed legally and with the required permits.

Is Gaia a non-profit organization?

The Gaia Movement (Gaia) is approved with IRS as a non-profit environmental 501 c3 organization. As a non-profit, Charity Navigator rates Gaia to 93% (https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?keyword_list=The+Gaia+Movement&bay=search.results)

Is the Gaia Movement connected to Green City Project?

The Gaia Movement is a registered non-profit organization. Green City Project is a for-profit company. The two are not connected in any way. It is a mistake on Google’s side that the two are sometimes mixed up.

Is the Gaia Movement’s recycle program debunked?

No, the Gaia Movement’s recycle program has never been debunked. The so called “Charity WatchDog” suggesting this, was started by now president Daniel Borochoff (who for some reason personally doesn’t like American Veterans, Gaia and others selected organizations). Their evaluation is solely based on figures they find online in the tax filing system, figures that they then distort and define in their own self-made categories. These methods do not give a correct picture of a charity and the method has been thoroughly criticized and debunked by Stanford University’s Business department: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_ratings_game
Charity Navigator gives a more correct picture of charities.

Is the Gaia Movement funding a mysterious villain?

No, The Gaia Movement is in no way funding a mysterious villain anywhere. This can clearly be seen by anyone who reads our annual financial report (which is done annually by a certified auditing company), and our 990.
The statement is probably made by ill minded people who might be jealous or just want to harm others, something that to most people by now is well-known on the internet, and also have created a new business niche for people defending themselves against that.