Donation Guidelines & FAQ's

A lot of people want to know what we do with the millions of pounds of donated goods we receive every year. We sort, price and sell them in our retail stores to help fund the employment, job training and placement services we provide to area residents with disabilities and disadvantages.

There are some donations we simply can't accept because they are soiled, in disrepair, have no resale value, or have been recalled due to product safety problems. Safety is extremely important to us, so we encourage everyone to be aware of potential product safety hazards before they donate.

Goodwill appreciates donors cleaning and/or sanitizing clothing, furniture, and pillows before donating them. If you are planning to donate merchandise that may have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, please dispose of it properly. If you are unsure, please visit for further information.

Goodwill accepts ALL brands of computers and computer equipment in any condition.  Read more about our Reconnect program.

Thanks for checking this list before donating. If you have any questions about what may or may not be accepted, please call (202) 715-2633. Together, we can ensure a pleasant donation and safe shopping experience for everyone.

If you believe the value of your donation is over $5,000, and if you plan to claim a charitable tax deduction for your donation, you may need to have Goodwill complete certain tax forms to be able to claim a charitable deduction. Before making a donation of that value, please call Goodwill at (202) 636-4225.

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