Here is a list of organizations I found that accept charity quilts (please remember I've only worked with Quilts for Kids). This is, of course, not an exhaustive list, but it's a good starting point. Be sure to follow the guidelines each organization stipulates so as to make the most of their time and yours. Expect to pay for shipping if the charities are not local.
I've given a brief overview here. Click the name of each charity to go to their list of requirements.
- supports senior citizens in nursing homes
- 36" x 48" quilts
- very few restrictions other than size
Quilts of Valor
- given to those touched by war
- approximately 60" x 80"
- many rules/restrictions for all aspects of quilting--click on link for more info
Quilts for Kids
- primarily given to kids with life-threatening illnesses
- approximately 40" x 46"
- due to health issues of recipients, must use only new, quilt shop quality cotton (not chain craft store fabric), must be machine quilted and machine bound, no laundry scents--must be very clean
- can request kits from organization; you pay shipping and provide batting
Million Pillowcase Challenge
- you donate pillowcases to your own charity, link goes to list of ideas
- use 100% cotton fabric
- free patterns are provided, but you can design your own as well
- given to children in crisis via local chapters
- new, handmade, washable blankets or afghans
- 36" x 36" up to twin size
- knit, crochet, fleece, or quilt--many free patterns available on site
- no smoke, strong perfumes (including detergent/softeners), or animal hair
Quilts Beyond Borders
- given to orphans worldwide
- 45" x 60"
- must be quilted and bound by machine
- also accepts quilt tops
Wrap Them in Love
- given to children worldwide who are victims of tragedy or disaster
- 40" x 60" recommended size, but will accept larger too
- will accept fabric, batting, blocks, quilt tops
If you want to stay local with your donations, good places to check with include hospitals (especially NICUs and children's hospitals), senior centers, women's shelters, and animal shelters. Police departments or school counselors could possibly offer guidance as to where local need lies as well.