Goodwill is urging donors to double-check items before they give. Here is a list of six things donors should ask themselves before visiting a Goodwill donation center:
1. Are the pockets empty? Make sure you have emptied pant and coat pockets, purses, and suitcases of any valuables or items you wish to keep.
2. Can Goodwill accept this? There are few household items Goodwill cannot accept. Among them are mattresses, large appliances, weapons, chemicals, and carpeting.
3. Would I give this to family member or friend? Goodwill understands that its shoppers look for quality items when visiting its stores; therefore, the nonprofit has a policy against selling torn, stained, and water-soaked items.
4. Is it in good used condition? According to the Internal Revenue Service, taxpayers may claim a deduction for donated items that are in good used condition or better.
5. Did I erase the memory? If you donate a computer, cell phone or other electronic device, be sure to delete any confidential or personal information before you bring it to Goodwill.
6. Did I make an inventory list? Be sure to make a record of each item you donate. While you won’t need to give it to Goodwill, you may have to produce it for Uncle Sam.
Goodwill has 34 stores and another 53 donation centers where North Georgians can drop off items before December 31—the deadline for making a donation that may be claimed as a deduction for the 2010 tax year.
The mission of Goodwill of North Georgia is to put people to work. We have been providing services in the region for more than 85 years. In fiscal year 2011, we provided job training and employment services to more than 30,000 people and helped 8,572 people find jobs or start new businesses. Our organization currently operates 37 stores and more than 60 attended donation centers. Revenues generated from Goodwill’s retail program help fund our job training and placement programs. Last year, we processed nearly 1.7 million donations.
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Elaine Armstrong, Director of Public Relations