Gifts In Kind International, the largest product donation charity in the U.S., accepts just about anything from razors, sneakers, and scouring pads to Post-it Notes, telephones, and computers. Ninety-five percent of the products it receives are still in the manufacturers packaging. The Alexandria, Va., charity helps companies develop a philanthropic strategy, distribute goods, handle inquiries, and earn a tax write-off. Donations are directed to schools and other charities in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Companies can request a particular type of recipient, such as shelters for battered women. In 1983 3M gave $4 million worth of office equipment to the United Way of America. United Way then spun off its product donation unit into Gifts in Kind, which today works with a range of manufacturers. The nonprofit group, for example, helps Gillette Co. -- which donates $2 million to $7 million in grooming supplies annually -- reduce the amount of time employees spend disbursing contributions by answering many of the requests for donations. Gifts In Kinds donations have increased to $288 million in 1997 from $45 million in 1992. Product donations as a portion of total giving have grown in recent years. In 1997 3M, for example, gave away more than half of its $35 million contributions in products. According to a Conference Board report noncash donations reached 25% of all contributions in 1996.