Are you still collecting equipment?
Pitch In For Baseball & Softball are busier than ever. We receive and redistribute equipment and uniforms 12 months a year.
How do I become a Pitch In For Softball representative in my community?
We rely greatly on our network of volunteers, but we do not have designated regional representatives. We do encourage all volunteers who are conducting equipment collections on behalf of PIFS to register their collection project.
How much of my donation goes to help kids in underserved communities?
Pitch In For Softball is a volunteer-driven, leanly staffed organization. Our mission is to maximize the impact of your contribution. Historically over 85% of our operating budget goes directly into programs.
Where can I get bins and signage to assist with collecting equipment?
We include tips for getting bins, as well as many tips for making your equipment drive a success, in our downloadable materials.
Will I know where my donated equipment ends up?
Donations received by Pitch In For Softball come from many sources. Once received in our warehouse they are sorted and placed in storage bins with like items. We will have a very good idea of where most of your donation ends up, and we’ll continue to update our website with that information. When possible, we’ll contact donors and share photos to let them know which communities received their donated equipment.
Are my donations tax deductible?
Pitch In For Softball is a division of Pitch In For Baseball which is a 501(c)(3) charity organization. Donations of equipment and money and the cost of shipping equipment to PIFS 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.
How can my community become eligible to receive equipment?
If your community could benefit from the gift of baseball or softball, please click here to see how your youth baseball or softball program can benefit from a PIFS equipment grant.
How much of your equipment goes to international recipients?
Historically there has been a very even split between domestic and international grantees. In recent years we have found that approximately 35% is distributed in the US and the remaining half goes abroad.
How long does it take to receive an equipment grant?
All applicants within the U.S. are encouraged to apply at least 4 weeks prior to needing the equipment. For international recipients, the time to deliver the equipment is greatly determined by your ability to help resolve the shipping logistics. The more responsive you are, the easier and faster the process will be.
How much does it cost to receive equipment?
Pitch In For Softball provides your equipment free of charge. We do ask that all recipients cover the costs of shipping upfront. Once equipment is packed, PIFS will provide an exact shipping charge. Most international recipients will also need to cover custom/duty charges once the equipment arrives in your country.
Can you provide my league with financial assistance?
Pitch In For Softball focuses on donating equipment to leagues around the world. Unfortunately, we do not make monetary donations to leagues.
Do you provide equipment to individuals?
We provide equipment to leagues and teams on a regular basis. Any applications for individual players are judged on a case by case basis.
How can I request equipment?
You can request equipment by completing an application online.
Where are your drop off locations?
Our east coast drop off location is 1541 Gehman Road, Harleysville PA 19438. Please contact us a few days in advance so we can be ready to give you a tour of our warehouse. Normal drop off hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. PIFB is open for Saturday drop offs roughly one time per month. Please contact PIFB for available Saturdays. Our west coast drop off location is located at 1430 South Eastman Ave, Los Angeles CA 90023. Those who live near Los Angeles can drop off at the Dart warehouse location between 6am and 3:30pm Monday-Friday. The warehouse is NOT open on the weekends.
** For Los Angeles, appointments must be made 48 hours in advance and to schedule you must email Steve Bizon with your name, desired drop off date, and preferred time. Click here
Can you accept equipment donations through the mail?
Yes! We can accept small packages (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc.) as well as freight. All donations can be sent to Pitch In For Softball,1541 Gehman Road, Harleysville PA 19438.
Does Pitch In For Baseball offer internships to college students?
Yes. We generally hire 1-2 interns per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). If you are interested in becoming a PIFS intern, please send your resume to Steve Bizon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is my program eligible to receive equipment more than once?
Approved programs are eligible for one donation per year. As long as your program has completed all responsibilities from previous years, you can be eligible for future assistance.
What type of responsibilities are expected from equipment grant recipients?
We ask that all equipment grant recipients:
- Cover the cost of shipping upfront
- Provide PIFS with stories, photos or videos showing the impact of the donation
- Complete a report form once your season concludes