Goodwill Donations


It’s simple: donate stuff, create jobs. When you donate your new and gently used items to Goodwill®, we sell them in our stores or on our online auction site and use the revenue generated to fund valuable employment training and job placement services for people in your community. Read on to access our tips for preparing your Goodwill donation, learn how to calculate your impact and hear the first-person success stories made possible through your generosity.

Goodwill is a large non-profit organization in the United States and Canada with a mission of "enhancing[ing] the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families..." [1] Goodwill thrift stores accept donations of clothes, furniture, computers and much more provided they are in serviceable condition. If you itemize your deductions on your tax return, you can deduct these donations to Goodwill, making this a great way to support a good cause while decreasing your tax liability.

Goodwill Industries relies on in-kind donations of gently used furniture, clothing and household goods to stock resale centers around the nation. Your contributions fuel the charity’s philanthropic efforts. In return for your contributions, you can take a tax deduction when filing your taxes. There’s no specific format for creating a list of items for Goodwill—a legal pad with columns that contain the name of each item, a short description and the fair market value (FMV) usually does the job.

After serving 11 years in the military, Travis was looking for a meaningful civilian career. With the assistance of the Goodwill Veterans Resource & Career Center, Travis was able to transition to a great career working at Randolph Air Force Base. Watch his story.

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