How can I get involved with Pitch In For Baseball & Softball?
You have a number of ways you can get involved with PIFBS and help kids play ball! You could donate your gently-used gear to us, start a collection project in your community, make a monetary donation, or start a fundraiser! Additionally, if you are interested in becoming a Board Member, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Do I need an appointment to drop off equipment?
Yes, we ask that you always schedule your drop-off with us. If you are within driving distance of our headquarters in Harleysville, PA (north of Philadelphia), we’d love to meet you!
Due to COVID-19 protocols we can not accept walk-ins, so donations must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. If you are on the west coast, we also have a warehouse in Los Angeles. To donate in LA, drop-offs must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.
We often have multiple donors in one day, and want to be able to give each one our undivided attention.
How do I get equipment to you?
Donors can schedule a drop off at either our Pennsylvania or Los Angeles warehouse locations, or ship gear to our Harleysville, PA headquarters at 1565 Gehman Road, Harleysville PA 19438. We offer generous shipping discounts for donors shipping gear to us.
While we don’t have the resources to cover all shipping costs, we are happy to offer a generous 75% discount we receive from UPS. Donors will need to provide box dimensions and weights for their shipments to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will provide your shipping cost estimate. After you complete payment online, we will send you shipping labels.
Please notify us in advance if you are shipping freight by contacting Steve Bizon at email@example.com.
Will I know where my donated equipment ends up?
Donations received by Pitch In For Baseball & Softball come from many sources. Once received in our warehouse they are sorted and placed in storage bins with similar items. Once your piece of equipment fits the needs of a particular group, we will include it in their equipment grant. For these reasons, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where your equipment will end up.
PIFBS does share stories on our social media (@PIFBS on Twitter/Instagram, @Pitch In For Baseball & Softball on Facebook) about the children and groups we support in order to give our donors a sense of the impact their contributions are making.
Are my donations tax deductible?
Pitch In For Baseball & Softball is a 501(c)(3) charity organization. EIN #86-1141299. Donations of equipment and money and the cost of shipping equipment to PIFBS are tax deductible to the fullest extent under U.S. tax law. Please consult your tax advisor as to the exact deduction you are entitled to.
A loved one passed away and was a passionate fan of the game. Can I make a donation in his or her honor?
Absolutely. When making a monetary gift, you have the option of dedicating your donation in memory of your loved one. Select the “Dedicate my donation” checkbox and click “In memory of.” You can then include the honoree’s name, and choose a recipient to notify of your donation by including their contact information.
How do I start a fundraiser?
Under the “For Donors” tab, click Start a Fundraiser. For a detailed look at how to create and customize your fundraising page, click here!
What resources do you have to help support my collection project?
What kind of equipment do you accept?
We can accept any baseball or softball equipment in safe, usable condition. For more information, please see our Donated Item Guidelines.
Do you take other sporting equipment?
We support youth baseball and softball leagues, and so we can only accept baseball and softball equipment.
Where are your drop-off locations?
We have two drop-off locations: our headquarters in Harleysville, PA, and a west coast warehouse in Los Angeles.
For our Harleysville, PA headquarters, please schedule your drop-off at least 24 hours in advance. Normal drop off hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. PIFBS is open for Saturday drop-offs one time per month.
Those who live near Los Angeles must schedule their drop-off at least 48 hours in advance. The Dart warehouse location operates at select times Monday-Friday. The warehouse is CLOSED on the weekends.
Pitch In For Baseball & Softball
1565 Gehman Road
Harleysville PA 19438
Pitch In For Baseball & Softball
3900 Union Pacific
Los Angeles, CA 90023
How much of my donation goes to help kids in underserved communities?
Our mission is to maximize the impact of your contribution. Historically over 85% of our operating budget goes directly into programs, and all of our donated equipment in usable condition goes to our equipment grant recipients.
My child ran a fundraiser for PIFBS. Can I get a list of the donors who contributed?
Yes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with a list of donors.
Does Pitch In For Baseball & Softball offer internships to college students?
Yes. We generally hire 1-2 interns per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). If you are interested in becoming a PIFBS intern, please send your resume to Steve Bizon at email@example.com