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Donating to Goodwill

Donations of cash and/or materials have served as the lifeblood of the entire Goodwill Industries enterprise. Who would have ever imagined that by collecting individual “hand-offs” of clothes, housewares, used tools, toys and trinkets we would be able to underwrite employment opportunities for more than 600 people this year alone.

Donations link donors to our mission of fostering maximum independence. Who knew that by recycling usable, broken and worn-out items a future and new hope would be created for thousands of individuals who may have otherwise despaired in a life of isolation and hopelessness.

Donations give meaning to the lives of others. Goodwill Industries not only maximizes the potential of those we serve, we maximize the value of every donation we receive. Whether it’s worn out shoes, torn and tattered bedding or clothes, or slightly used ready-to-wear, we can find a new home for every donation.

Goodwill processes 25 tons of donations in Northeast Iowa every week. Much of the material we recycle would otherwise wind up in the landfill. So, when you hear or see our slogan “Do something great, donate” please take it to heart. We need you, our team needs you and you can be assured we will never forget your kindness.

Drop Off / Drive Off

All Goodwill Retail Centers are donation collection sites. Donations are accepted during regular business hours only. Our Waterloo Corporate office also receives donations Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Each location is equipped with a convenient drop off port and staffed by our friendly smiling workforce.

Dell Reconnect

Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, Inc. helps reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills by taking donations that are not suitable for resale and recycles them through salvage and secondary market partnerships.

These partnerships generate additional funding streams for Goodwill’s vocational training and employment opportunities in our community.

Cash Donations and Planned Giving

While our goal is to provide maximum independence for each person we serve, some individuals will require life long support. The Goodwill Second Chance Fund offers donors a way to make a legacy gift that will literally make life worth living.

Second Chance gifts of cash, stocks or property allow donors to have the benefit of knowing that their tax deductible gift is going solely to the purpose intended.

Second Chance gifts come in all sizes and shapes from $1.00 to $100,000+, each donor’s wish is carefully followed to ensure the greatest positive impact.

If you, a family member, a financial planner or an estate attorney are interested in learning more about how an estate gift can live on for generations to come, please call Goodwill at 319-234-4626 or 1-888-871-8001.

Donation Drives

Due to the high cost of transportation, we regret that we do not offer a home pick up service. If you are planning a donation drive or community wide garage sale, please contact our corporate office (319-234-4626) in advance to schedule your event. We can dispatch a truck to assist with a community, church or neighborhood association drive. Truck and trailer availability is limited.

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Donation Guide

Goodwill depends on your donated materials to provide opportunities for thousands of people. We appreciate your generosity and assure you that our resources are used effectively. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

We hate to refuse any donation but for some items we must. Here are the reasons;

  • It will not sell in our store
  • It is too costly to handle and/or repair
  • It is too heavy, bulky or unsafe for our workers to handle
  • The item has been recalled or listed as potentially harmful by the Consumer Products Safety Commission

The following list of items are examples of things we CANNOT accept.

  • All Large Appliances (Washer, Stove, Fridge…)
  • Microwaves / Gas Grills / Propane Tanks
  • Batteries / Automobile Parts / Tires / Petroleum
  • Baby Furniture / Car Seats
  • Bicycles, If Damaged (No Flat Tires)
  • Construction Materials: Lumber / Concrete Blocks Siding/ Doors / Windows / Paint / Carpet / Carpet Pads Sinks / Showers / Plumbing Fixtures / Toilets / Bath Tubs / Vanities / Fluorescent Bulbs And Fixtures
  • Curtain Rods / Drapery Rods
  • Live Plants
  • Encyclopedias / School Text / Magazines
  • Damaged Furniture / Hide-A-Beds / Mattresses / Box Springs / Waterbeds / Pillows / Bed Frames / Head & Footboard Sets
  • Trundle Beds / Dog Beds / Metal Desks / Piano / Organ
  • Exercise Equipment / Weight Sets
  • Household Cleaning Products / Chemical Products
  • Lawn Mowers / Snow Blowers, Etc.
  • Medical Equipment
  • Stereos / TV’s – Portable or Console
  • Swing Sets
  • Trash / Wet, Soiled Items

  • We Accept: Clothes, Books, Shoes, and Computer Equipment In Any Condition.

Tax Information

Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, Inc. is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means donations to Goodwill are often tax-deductible. IRS guidelines for charitable contributions are available on IRS Publication 526 or by calling toll-free 1-800-829-1040.

Deducting Your Donation

  • Only taxpayers who itemize (use the long form) can deduct charitable donations.
  • Save all of your paperwork.
  • Always consult a tax accountant if you have questions about your claim.

Retail Donations:

For donated items worth less than $500, you are expected to provide the "fair market value" of the items when filing your tax return. The "fair market value" of a donated item can vary greatly. If you bought a new shirt for $40 a decade ago, then donated it to a charity that resold it for $3.99, then its "fair market value" is $3.99, not $40. Visit Goodwill Industries International's valuation guide for estimated values of commonly donated items.

When filling out your donation receipt, please try to include as much information as possible about the type and quantity of your donated items. Trying to claim $400 for "one bag of clothes" is a red flag to auditors.

If you believe your donation is worth more than $500, you must submit an IRS Form 8283 with your tax filing. The IRS will also require a professional appraisal for these items. The cost of the appraisal may also be deductible as a miscellaneous expense.