Last year, you helped local Goodwill organizations collectively place 313,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 34 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills.
Your impact doesn’t end there — the planet also benefits when you choose to ditch the dumpster and drop your items at Goodwill. Over the past few years alone, you’ve helped keep billions of pounds of clothing and household items out of landfills.
Being a job creator is easy! Just follow these three steps.
Walk around your home and collect items you and your family no longer need — that shirt that’s been hanging in the back of your closet for three years, the toy trike your five-year old has outgrown, the holiday gift from grandma you never quite found a place for, etc.
Donating items that are in working condition, contain all of their pieces and parts, and are free of stains and rips is the best way to ensure that your goods do the most good. While we accept most clothing and household items, there are a few things we can’t accept – such as items that have been recalled, banned or do not meet current safety standards. In addition, if you’re looking to donate specialty items such as computers, vehicles or mattresses, it’s best to give your local Goodwill organization a call first to find out any rules or restrictions around these items.
Ready to drop off your items? Just use our locator at the top of the page or on our homepage and check the box for “Donation Site” to find your nearest Goodwill drop-off location. Donating a lot of items? Some Goodwills offer donation pickup services – give yours a call to find out what’s available in your area.
Each year, we also get together with our partners to offer unique donation drives, giving you the chance to drop off your items at retail stores, college campuses and more. Stay tuned to this space for information about new opportunities to donate through our partners.
While we invite you to visit one of Goodwill’s many attended donation centers, we understand that donation bins may represent a more convenient option for your donation needs. Unfortunately, many goods that wind up in donation bins end up supporting for-profit groups, rather than aiding nonprofit, charitable organizations. To help you make informed donation decisions, we offer the following handy guide.
When you donate to Goodwill, you’ve taken the opportunity to become a job creator and make a significant difference in the lives of individuals living in your community. After you drop off your shirts, shoes, blankets, electronics and other items, we sell them in one of our more than 3,200 Goodwill stores or on our online auction site, shopgoodwill.com. When someone buys your item, we use that money to fund job training and other services.
Maximizing the value of your donations is important to us. In 2016, we used 87 percent of the revenue generated through your donated stuff to support and grow programs that result in significant social impact for your community members in need of work.
As a way of reminding us about the positive community impact that donating to local Goodwills creates, Goodwill Industries International launched the donate icon in 2010. Just like the recycling symbol, which reminds us to properly recycle bottles, cans and more, the donate icon reminds us to consciously and responsibly donate our clothing, household goods, electronics and other items. To see the positive impact your donated goods creates, use our Donation Impact Calculator [available in the Goodwill locator].
Your donations are good for the planet as well. Dell Reconnect, a partnership between Goodwill and Dell, has kept more than 324 million pounds of computer electronics out of the landfills since 2004.
And finally, a word of warning: some thrift stores solicit donations under the name of a charity, but as little as five percent of the money generated from these donations may actually go to the charity. Find out more (PDF) about the charities you’d like to support before making a donation.
Thanks to the programs made possible by your donations, more than 313,000 people earned jobs in 2016 – that’s one person finding a job every 23 seconds of every business day.
Your donated stuff helps create jobs for people like Jim, a man with multiple disabilities who developed his job skills in Goodwill stores; Shay, a single mother who trained for a new career in the construction industry; and Jason, a Marine Corps veteran who started his own security business employing fellow veterans.
Each week, we feature a new first-person story from someone who earned a job or advance their skills with Goodwill’s support. Check out the latest stories below, explore our archive featuring stories from more than 200 individuals and subscribe to receive email updates whenever we add new stories.
When you drop off your donations at Goodwill, you’ll receive a receipt from a donation attendant. Hang on to this receipt – at the end of the year, you can claim a tax deduction for clothing and household items that are in good condition.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service requires you to value your donation when filing your return. To get started, download our donation valuation guide, which features estimates for the most commonly donated items.
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Your donations to Goodwill also help YOU reduce the stress that comes with having a cluttered home. Goodwill spokesperson Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life, is committed to helping you declutter your life and live in a simple way that has both social and environmental impact.
Each month, Lorie offers new home organization and decluttering tips. Check out her latest tips below and subscribe to receive email updates whenever new content becomes available.
From store fixtures to customer returns and close outs, Goodwill is ready to engage with your business to give items you no longer need a new life in the Goodwill enterprise. Benefits of donating your excess inventory include:
• Aligning with a top nonprofit with demonstrated success helping people overcome challenges to employment.
• Operating sustainably by diverting items from the waste stream
• Receiving tax deductions ( as determined by current tax law)
Email Goodwill to learn how your business can donate inventory items to Goodwill.