School supplies donors do a noble service that is very often of minimal effect, however, where significant portions of donated items are not on students’ required supplies lists. Accordingly, donors invest significant amounts of money into certain supplies that students are unable to use, while students continue to lack supplies that they are in need of. To resolve this issue, school supply donors should retrieve supplies lists from the schools of the students who they provide supplies to.

Eliminating squander by purchasing precisely and only the supplies that students are in need of would empower donors to be as impactful as they endeavor to be by equipping indigent students with the resources that they need to succeed and excel in academia.