During this season of giving, Goodwill of Greater Washington would like to offer 10 helpful tips for anyone planning to make a year-end donation of goods. These recommendations will improve the donation experience by making it more efficient, more convenient, and less work.
- Beat the rush
Try to make your donation as early in the day or as late in the day as possible when lines are typically shorter.
- The weekends get busy
Try to make your donation on a weekday. Weekends and holidays are usually much busier. With New Year’s Eve being a Sunday this year, expect long lines.
- The week between Christmas and New Years is CRAZY!
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.
- Don’t forget the tax benefits of donating to Goodwill
Remember to get your donation receipt, make an accurate recording of your donation and a copy of your receipt…OR…
- Use the Mobile Goodwill App
Make sure to use the new donation management tool on the Mobile Goodwill 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.*This App is currently only available for donors in the Greater Washington, DC area.
- Big donations may require additional IRS documentation
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.
- Remember that different charities accept different kinds of donations
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 recall or are simply too damaged to repurpose or resell. Please review the list of items Goodwill cannot accept here.
- Keep that private information as secure as possible
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.
- Looking to donate your car? We can do that
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.
- Don’t get fooled by for-profit organizations
**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!!