10 Tips for Making a Year End Donation of Goods

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Washington, DC – During this season of giving, Goodwill of Greater Washington would like to offer 10 helpful tips for anyone who wishes to make a yearend donation of clothing, household goods, computers or vehicles to Goodwill other charitable agencies.

1. Try to make your donation as early in the day as possible when lines will be shorter (donation sites and hours of operation for Goodwill can be found at, dcgoodwill.org.
2. Try to make your donation on a weekday when the lines will be shorter.
3. Try to make your donation prior to Christmas as the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the busiest week of the year for donated goods and the wait could be longer.
4. Remember to get a donation receipt, make an accurate recording of your donation, as well as a copy of your receipt. You will need this if you wish to claim a tax deduction.
5. Don’t forget to provide supporting documentation when claiming a large tax deduction, such as an IRS form 8283 and/or an independent appraisal.
6. Check to make sure the charity you wish to donate your goods to can accept all of the items you wish to give them. For example, most charities cannot accept used mattresses or recalled items.
7. Remember to clean out your donated computer of all files, documents, discs and CDs before donating it. Cleaning software can be found at dcgoodwill.org. All computers and related equipment donated to Goodwill are now recycled: reconnectpartnership.com
8. Call Goodwill’s vehicle donation line at 202-715-2636 or visit gwcars.org to schedule a home pick up of your donated automobile before the end of the calendar year if you wish to claim the deduction on your 2011 tax return.
9. Don’t drop off items after donation sites have closed for the day. This is for the safety of your donation and so that you can get a receipt for tax purposes.
10. **BE CERTAIN that the organization to which you’re making your donation is a certified 501C3 charitable agency. There are many organizations that claim to be charities asking for your donated goods (especially via donation bins), but their claims are misleading and they are in fact for-profit companies who only donate a fraction of their revenue to charity, if any at all.

To everyone who donates used goods, cash or services to Goodwill of Greater Washington or any other worthwhile charitable organization… thank you!

 


Goodwill of Greater Washington transforms lives and communities through the powerof education and employment.
92 cents out of every dollar supports Goodwill’s workforce development programs and services.

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