Donation Guidelines

Donation Guidelines

The Circle of Hope Begins in Your Closet

Donations are the lifeblood of Goodwill. Each time you donate, you make a conscious effort to support our Mission and your community. We welcome gently used clothing, furniture, household items, TVs, computers, vehicles, or financial donations.

Donations may be dropped off during operating hours at our locations across Southern Oregon. A friendly Goodwill employee will help you unload, and all donations made to Goodwill are tax deductible. Figure out what it is worth by viewing our Donation Valuation Guide (PDF).

 

Donating Tips

Our Mission to enable employment and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth starts with the generous donations from the community. However there are limits to what we can accept. There may be certain items we can accept that are not listed or there may be other items which we must turn down due to the size, condition (is it landfill quality?), or suitability. Please refer any questions about Goodwill’s policy to your donation site attendant. The list below is to be used only as a guideline.

Items We Can Accept
  • Clothing, shoes and boots
  • Jewelry
  • Hats, gloves, mittens and scarves
  • Books, records, compact discs, video tapes and DVDs
  • Games, toys and sports equipment (no skis)
  • Housewares: dishes, glassware, kitchen utensils, lamps and small appliances including microwaves and toaster ovens
  • Collectibles, antiques, knickknacks and other giftware
  • Hand tools and small power tools
  • Domestics: linens, curtains, blankets, etc.
  • Area rugs – clean and in good condition
  • Electronics: stereos, radios, VCRs, DVD players, etc. in working condition
  • Furniture: dressers, tables, sofas (not sofa beds), bed frames, (except waterbed frames) etc.
  • Televisions (non-working can be recycled)
  • Weapons such as guns, bows and arrows, ammunition, hunting knives, etc.
  • Computers and tablets: hard drive/tower, monitor, mouse, keyboard and printer (we recycle)
  • Some exercise equipment

To help you determine your donations fair market value, refer to the Donation Valuation Guide (PDF) that offers average prices in our stores for items in good condition.

Items We Cannot Accept
  • No wet or dirty clothing
  • No heavily soiled or broken furniture that can’t be resold
  • No household chemical products such as pesticides, paint, paint thinner, drain cleaner, oven cleaner, aerosols and other environmentally-unfriendly waste products
  • No automotive hazardous waste such as tires, lead acid batteries, additives, gasoline, oils, antifreeze, etc.
  • No large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves/ovens, washers/dryers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, furnaces, trash compactors, water heaters, large console stereos, freon-based appliances, oil-filled space heaters, etc.
  • No food items
  • No mattresses/box springs, including waterbed mattresses, couches with hideaway beds, waterbed frames, daybeds, futons or hospital beds
  • No carpet or carpet padding (does not include area rugs)
  • No plumbing fixtures or building materials
  • No traditional recyclables such as glass, newsprint, office paper, cardboard, plastics, magazines, junk mail
  • No cribs, car seats, walkers or other products that do not meet the current safety standards of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, including recalled items
  • No medical equipment
  • No pianos or organs
  • No fire extinguishers
  • No metal desks
  • No skis of any kind
 

Donate E-waste: Do More Good with Your Unwanted Computers and TVs

The e-waste program is intended to raise awareness of the importance of responsible computer and television disposal and give residents a free and convenient way to do the right thing with their unwanted e-waste. Last year we recycled over 800,000 lbs., keeping this e-waste out of the landfill. The goal of the program is to keep used computers, computer equipment and televisions from landfills and to educate residents on the importance of proper recycling. Learn how to erase data before donating your computer.  Find a convenient E-Waste drop off location in Southern Oregon.

 

IRS Guidelines

Federal law permits Goodwill® donors to claim tax deductions for many financial contributions and for donated clothing and household items in good, used condition or better.

If you’re unsure whether your item qualifies for a tax deduction, then consider this: if you would give it to a relative or friend, then the item is most likely in good condition and is appropriate to donate.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service requires donors to value their items when filing their tax returns. To help guide you, we have compiled commonly donated items. Our valuation guide assumes the donated items are in good condition. Please note that these are estimated values.

Download our Donation Valuation Guide (PDF)

At Goodwill Industries, we want people to give as much thought to where they donate their clothes as they would to where they donate their money. Donors should give to charities they know and trust and that will make the most of their donations. Goodwill channels 84 percent of our revenues into job training programs that benefit hundreds of thousands of people each year.