Goodwill Gears Up For Last-Minute Donations Surge
Record Number of Donors Expected
Goodwill Donation Express Centers skyrockets.
In 2013, donations of clothing and household goods during that period rose by 80 percent compared to other days of the year. Goodwill’s donation team is gearing up to handle this critically important surge.
Donations fund Goodwill’s mission of providing employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping jobs. The end-of-year donation rush is prompted in part by people cleaning out their closets, attics and garages to make room for holiday gifts. But many donors also are seeking last-minute tax deductions.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when donating to Goodwill:
● When de-cluttering your home, consider the “One-Year Rule”: If you haven’t worn it, used it or played with it in one year, it is probably time to donate it.
● Donors wishing to claim a tax deduction should request a receipt from the attendant when dropping off their donations. The IRS allows a deduction for each item, but it is up to the donor to estimate each item’s value.
● Prepare an inventory of your items before going to Goodwill.
● Please remove hangers from clothing.
● If you have a single donation worth more than $500, you will need to complete IRS Form 8283. You will also need a qualified written appraisal.
● Be certain you are donating to a legitimate charity. Resources for research include the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office and charity-rating agencies such as GuideStar. Be cautious of donation bins that don’t clearly state the organization’s mission and contact information.
You can avoid the rush by donating before Christmas. There are about 80 Donations Express Centers located throughout the 48-county territory, and most are open seven days a week. Locations and hours can be found online at www.giveit2goodwill.org, under the “Donate” tab.
Your donation at the end of 2014 will mean a happier new year for someone in need of a job.