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YOUR DONATIONS CHANGE LIVES.
YOUR DONATIONS CHANGE LIVES.

Your Donations Change Lives in Our Community.

Discover Goodwill accepts new and gently-used items sold in our retail centers, which are far different than traditional thrift stores. By receiving and selling gently-used clothing, furniture, household goods, appliances, toys and even automobiles, Discover Goodwill is able to provide life-changing services that help people achieve greater independence. You can also make a financial contribution to Discover Goodwill online or via postal mail. Whether making a material or financial donation, Discover Goodwill is grateful for your support and we promise to put your tax-deductible contributions to work changing lives.

Donations Pick-Up

De-Clutter Your Home and Support our Community

Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado also provides pick-up services for your high-volume or large-item donations. To schedule a pick up at your home or office, call 719.471.4483.

Please note that we have limited home pick-up service. We work on a case-by-case basis for every pick up.

Here Are A Few Tips to Ensure Your Donation Will Deliver the Maximum Value:

Do:

  • Separate clothing from household items in boxes or bags
  • Wash or dry-clean clothing. Keep shoes paired with a rubber band
  • Wrap breakable items in newspaper and place in boxes
  • Test electrical equipment (wrap cords around items) and battery-operated items
  • Include all pieces and parts to children’s games and toys
  • Include a clear title and keys when donating a vehicle
  • Clean computer hard drives of personal/business information and include the operating system
  • Postmark or hand deliver all financial contributions by December 31

Don’t:

  • Leave items unattended outside a collection center
  • Donate broken or soiled items
  • Give items that have been recalled, banned or do not meet current safety standards. For more information, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Donate televisions

For questions or assistance with material donations, please call 719.471.4483

Unacceptable Items

Due to stringent government regulations and the high cost of disposal, we are unable to accept the following items:

  • Paint, cleaning supplies or other hazardous materials
  • Mattresses, box springs, bed pillows and water bed components
  • Broken, stained or worn furniture
  • Televisions*
  • Plumbing or building supplies
  • Automobile parts or tires
  • Hot water heaters, water softeners and furnaces
  • Inoperable or damaged appliances

*Discover Goodwill is no longer accepting donations of televisions due to stricter recycling and waste management regulations.

Thank you for your understanding and generous support!

Commercial Donations

Your business can donate unwanted merchandise to Discover Goodwill and receive a tax deduction. As part of this free and easy service, Discover Goodwill will pick up your merchandise and remove all identifying labels and tags to eliminate any risk of it being returned to your business.

Donations May Include:

  • Customer returns
  • Incomplete sets
  • Outdated furnishings
  • Out-of-season items
  • Overstocks
  • Replaced equipment or furniture
  • Slightly imperfect stock
  • Slow movers
  • Surplus merchandise
  • Unclaimed merchandise

For more information, please contact Business Connections Liaison Dennis Tuttle at 719.785.9216 (phone) or 719.651.0704 (cell).

How to Claim A Tax Deduction For Your Donation

1. If your non-cash gifts to charitable organizations have total claimed values of $500 or less for the year…
Goodwill will provide a receipt upon request. You are responsible for obtaining the receipt, maintaining all tax records and assigning values to the donated goods. You should list each donated item with a brief description (e.g., four men’s dress suits), the donation date and Goodwill’s name.

2. If your non-cash gifts have a total claimed value of $501- $5,000 for the year…
You, the donor, are obligated to obtain the IRS Form 8283 (Non-cash Charitable Contribution), complete only Section A and file the form with the IRS as an attachment to your 1040 form. Goodwill does not need to see the form. If your non-cash gift is not in good condition and is valued over $500, you may still take a deduction but you must obtain an appraisal from a qualified appraiser.

3. If your non-cash gifts have a total claimed value of more than $5,000 for the year…
Written documentation from an independent, qualified appraiser is required, as well as a signed acknowledgment from Goodwill. These requirements are detailed in Section B of the IRS Form 8283.

A. If your donation exceeds $5,000 in total claimed value, but no single item exceeds $500 in value…
Goodwill will sign Part 1, Section B, of the IRS Form 8283 when it is presented by you, the donor. A copy will be kept for the agency’s records in the event you need to supply written proof.

B. If your non-cash gift is a single item or a group of single items with a total claimed value that exceeds $5,000 and at least one of the items exceeds $500 in claimed value…
Goodwill will proceed as in “A” above and must track and report the sale of the item to the IRS and you, the donor.

Donation Values

When your donations of clothing, household items and other usable goods are sold in Discover Goodwill thrift stores, the proceeds fund programs to help people achieve independence. When you donate items to Discover Goodwill, you’ll receive a receipt.  Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining receipts, maintaining tax records and assigning value to the goods you donate. View our donation value guide.

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