Five Things You Need To Know Before You Donate….

1) Give to Charities You Know and Trust

This time of year, we’re often inundated with donation requests from charities– and organizations posing as charities.  Make sure you know who you’re giving to!

Fraudulent charities often slightly modify the names of established groups– so read carefully– and read the fine print.

GuideStar.org provides a charity navigator to research charities– so that you can make informed donating decisions.

2) Only Donations to IRS-Approved Nonprofits are Tax-Deductible

Not only do you help charities by donating– you can also help yourself by claiming your charitable donations as tax deduction*.  Only donations made to legitimate IRS-Approved nonprofits are tax deductible.

Make sure to get a receipt when you donate to any charity, and keep an itemized list of your donation for your records. 

You can deduct the “fair market value” of gently-used items under $500 in value.  By law, a charity cannot tell you what your items are worth. This is something you must do yourself.

3) Collection Bins Often are NOT Run by Charities

You’ve probably noticed those donation collection bins popping up in parking lots near your home or workplace.

But did you know that most bins don’t benefit charities?  In fact, most of those collection bins are operated by for-profit salvage companies, often from out-of-state!

 4) Donations Come in All Shapes and Sizes!

When you think of donating to Goodwill, you usually think of donating clothing or household goods.   But did you know you can donate a car or other vehicle to Goodwill?

Goodwill also accepts computers and electronics. We are a member of the Dell Reconnect recycling program.  Finally, Marion Goodwill accepts financial contributions.

 Of course, all of your donations are tax deductible*, no matter what you donate!

 5) Donations to Goodwill Change Lives!

Goodwill fosters independence through housing, clothing & transportation. This year 966 individuals were given clothing vouchers to use at the Goodwill stores, 38 individuals benefited from living in one of our 15 low-income housing units, and 22 individuals bought donated cars to use as transportation to obtain or maintain employment.

All of these services are possible through your generous donations! Thank You!

 

Top 10 Things to Donate Before the end of the Year

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In a season when many of us are focused on gift buying, December is actually a great time to think about another kind of giving: donating.
Even if you are tapped out financially, you can still give back by donating clothing and household items you no longer use. You don’t have to spend money to be charitable – and the things lying around your house can have more of an impact than you may realize.
With only a few weeks left in 2012, Goodwill is counting down the top 10 things to donate before the end of the year.

10. Computers: Computers and their peripherals contain electronic parts that are hazardous to the environment if not disposed of properly. Don’t discard an old computer at the end of its useful life – recycle it by donating it to Goodwill.
9. Kitchenware: Will you get a new cooking set during the holidays? Don’t throw away those pots and pans you will no longer use. Gently used kitchenware can be donated at all Goodwill locations.
8. Video Games: Did your child just have to have the latest (and likely the most expensive) video game this year? Make a deal: for every new video game, donate two they don’t play anymore.
7. Books: Upgrading from paperbacks to a Kindle or iPad this year? You know where we’re going with this…
6. CDs: You’ve got all your songs saved on hard drives and iPods. Do you really need those hundreds of old CDs taking up space in the back of your closet?
5. Cell Phones: Unused cell phones are one of the fastest growing types of trash in America. Instead of discarding your old phone, recycle or donate it – but remember to remove any of your personal data!
4. Household Items: Lamps, frames, vases, baskets and collectibles are just some of the knick-knacks we love at Goodwill.
3. Bikes: Yes, Goodwill takes big-ticket items like bikes. When your children have outgrown theirs, or you’ve moved on to a new bike, consider donating the old ones so someone new can get a chance to ride, too!
2. Toys: With the economy still struggling, a lot of families are turning to Goodwill to purchase their gifts. Donate your gently used toys to Goodwill and put a smile on a child’s face!
1. Textiles: Textiles include clothes such as suits, pants, dresses and shirts. You name it, we’ll take it. They are the largest volume of items we receive and sell. Donating clothes not only funds job training programs, but also provides new outfits for Goodwill job seekers.

Thank you for your committment in helping Goodwill create hope, jobs and futures to those we serve.

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