Your donations help someone find a job, strengthen your community and preserve the planet.
When you donate your new and gently used items, local Goodwill organizations sell them in stores or on shopgoodwill.com and use the revenue generated to provide valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community.
Looking for the nearest Goodwill? Use our locator to find the nearest career center (for help finding a job), retail store, donation site, or outlet store (which sells items in bulk) operated by our network of 156 independent, community-based Goodwills.
Donation Do’s and Dont’s
When considering the types of donations you wish to make, please bear in mind the quality of the items. Your donations play a critical part in making it possible for local Goodwills to provide job training and placement services. With quality donations, Goodwills are able to deliver critical programs and services.
- Wash or dry-clean clothing, if possible.
- Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items.
- Include all pieces and parts to children’s games and toys.
- Check with your local Goodwill to determine standards for donating computers and vehicles.
- Leave items unattended outside a collection center
- Donate broken or soiled items
- Donate items that have been recalled, banned, or do not meet current safety standards. For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission
THE DONATION PROCESS
Ready to donate? Just follow these three steps.
A WORD OF WARNING REGARDING DONATION BINS
Generally, we recommend donating at donation centers staffed by attendants. In many cases, the items collected in bins often support for-profit groups, rather than aiding nonprofit, charitable organizations. To help you make informed donation decisions, we offer the following handy guide.
TAXES AND YOUR DONATIONS
In December 2017, the United States Congress passed a new tax bill into law. While the new law did not affect returns for businesses or individuals for the 2017 tax year, it does change a number of tax provisions for 2018. Primarily, the new tax law practically doubles the standard tax deduction for most filers, which will make it a more attractive option to more Americans. The law does not change the fact that donors continue to be responsible for valuing their donations and that they may be able to deduct the value of those donations if they choose to itemize on their taxes. For any advice regarding the preparation of your taxes, please consult a reputable tax advisor.
Donating to local Goodwill organizations has, and continues to be, a way for people to help others in their community. Goodwill uses the revenue from donated items to create employment placement and job training to contribute to our mission. More than 101 million people in the U.S. and Canada donate to Goodwill, knowing their clothing and household goods will be put to good use.
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, if you itemize deductions on your taxes, 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.