• Because of your donation, we’re transforming lives every day.

Donor Tips and Guidelines

Donor Tips

To make your donation process go smoothly and to ensure that you are donating items Goodwill can sell in its stores, here are some tips for checking the items you plan to donate:

  • Check your items before donating to make sure all are items you want to give to Goodwill.
  • Check pockets of clothing for jewelry, money and other valuable items that you might not want to donate.
  • Separate clothing into separate bags/boxes from the household items.
  • Check to ensure that items you are donating are not soiled, stained or ripped.
  • Test electrical equipment and battery-operated items to make sure they work.
  • Include all pieces and parts to games, toys and household appliances.
  • Remove clothing from hangers.

Items that are unique, sentimental or especially valuable may be directly donated to be sold on shopgwmi.com Goodwill’s online auction store.

Donation Guidelines

Your generous donations are very important to Goodwill. A good general rule when deciding what to donate is give to Goodwill what you would give to a friend.

We are happy to accept quality items for resale in the Goodwill stores. See below for a list of acceptable donations and items we cannot accept due to environmental and safety concerns.

What Merchandise Items can I Donate?

Goodwill gratefully accepts the following donations:

  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Accessories
  • Toys
  • Sporting Goods and Games
  • Current and Vintage Books Record, Tapes, CDs and Videos
  • Linens
  • House Wares
  • Knickknacks
  • Kitchenware
  • Art /Pictures/Mirrors
  • Antiques and Collectibles
  • Small Working Tools
  • Small Working Appliances and Electronics
  • All Computer Equipment
  • Quality Furniture

Goodwill is unable to accept the following donations (due to safety and environmental reasons):

  • Televisions
  • Car Seats
  • Waterbeds
  • Used Mattresses
  • Poisonous and Hazardous Materials
  • Paint, Car Batteries, Flammable and Corrosive Materials
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Ovens
  • Large Appliances: Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators
  • Carpeting
  • Building Materials
  • Any Product Recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Commercial and Special Donations

Commercial donations are also a way to develop a beneficial partnership between your business and Goodwill. Partnering with Goodwill helps companies give something back to the community in which they do business, while providing support to a recognized and respected charity. Your participation allows for an easy way to handle unwanted merchandise while profiting from tax deductions. Donating to Goodwill can be beneficial to your business and has great rewards to the community.

Goodwill will utilize your donation to support our efforts to break down barriers to employment and independence and assist persons who are disabled or disadvantaged to help them start independent lives.

The following commercial and special donations are greatly appreciated:

  • Surplus Merchandise
  • Merchandise Returns
  • Seasonal Merchandise
  • Obsolete Merchandise
  • Mis-matched Items
  • Scratch and Dent
  • Store Fixtures
  • Business Equipment

How Does Your Business Benefit?

  • Utilize your valuable space for faster moving merchandise
  • Save money and valuable storage space
  • Receive deductible tax donation benefits
  • Enhance business image by being a Goodwill Partner
  • Items donated are used to develop workforce that may help your business
  • Help the environment by recycling merchandise

Partnering with Goodwill

Goodwill appreciates your donation and considers it a partnership. Goodwill will work with your business to arrange pick up or delivery, provide you with tax documentation, tag removal or defacing to prevent fraudulent returns.

Contact your tax adviser for specific benefits to your business.

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