As we do every year during the season of giving, Goodwill of Greater Washington would like to offer 10 helpful tips for anyone planning to make a year-end donation of household goods. These recommendations will improve the donation experience by making it more efficient, more convenient, and less work.
- Try to make your donation as early in the day or as late in the day as possible when lines are typically shorter.
- Try to make your donation on a weekday. Weekends are usually much busier.
- Try to make your donation prior to Christmas. The last week of the year is also the busiest week of the year for donations of household goods.
- Remember to get your donation receipt, make an accurate recording of your donation, and a copy of your receipt…OR…
- Remember to create and save your donation receipt on the Goodwill of Greater Washington mobile app for iOS and Android. The tool allows the donor to build and manage their own IRS compliant donation receipts, edit them at their convenience and confirm donation center visits through the use of geo-fencing technology. No need to keep and risk losing small paper receipts.
- Don’t forget to secure supporting documentation if you plan to claim a tax deduction on a large donation. Any item valued at over $5,000 will require an IRS form 8283. Please contact Goodwill before making any large donation at (202) 636-4225.
- Check to make sure Goodwill or your charity of choice can accept all of your items. Some donations are prohibited by law, pose a liability, may be subject to a product recall, or are simply too damaged to repurpose or resell. Please review the list of items Goodwill cannot accept here.
- Remember to clean out your donated computer of all files, documents, discs, and data before donating it. Remember – Goodwill will accept any computer or computer accessory in any condition, other than cracked monitors.
- Call Goodwill’s vehicle donation line at 1-866-GWCARS-0 or visit www.gwcars.org to schedule a convenient home pickup of your donated automobile, RV, boat or motorcycle. As long as your pick up is scheduled by 12/31, you can receive a 2018 tax deduction for your donation.
- BE CERTAIN that the organization to which you’re making your donation is a certified 501C3 charitable agency. Many organizations that accept donations are actually for-profit companies and you cannot claim a tax deduction when donating to them.
To everyone who donates used goods, cash or services to Goodwill of Greater Washington or any other worthwhile charitable organization…thank you and Happy Holidays!!