It's so hard to say no to people who are trying to raise money for good causes. We are part of the community and we think donations are important.
Here are some guidelines for donations:
1) Only donate product rather than money because if you don't have that kind of revenue to share.
2) Try to donate to schools near us because we are both benefiting. we are hoping the parents will see our donation and shop our store to give support.
3) Sometimes you have to say no. Allow yourself a number of times that you donate per month. Remember, its good to give but you are still running a business that is supporting your family.
4) Use your sale area for those products that you are donating. It's already marked down anyway and I am guessing there is some good stuff in there.