End of Year Donation Tips

  • Alison Cate |
  • | Retail

The final week of the year is the busiest period for donations at Goodwill of Central Iowa, and the non-profit would like to help prepare individuals to make the process as seamless as possible. Last year, Goodwill of Central Iowa accepted 44,650 individual donations in December alone (one donation could range from a carload or a single box).

Donations are accepted at 18 retail store locations, with the Des Moines Outlet Store the only location that does not accept donations.

Stores will close at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to allow employees to celebrate the holiday. We encourage donors to drop off during the week to beat the rush on the final day of the year.

Donors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with what types of items are accepted. Goodwill does accept clothing, computer equipment (both working and non-working), furniture and household items. The non-profit cannot accept major appliances, broken electronics, chemicals/cleaning supplies and more. For a full list, please visit here.

As a 501©(3) non-profit, all donations to Goodwill are tax deductible and receipts are available from our staff. Individuals determine the value of their donations but a suggested list of pricing can be found online here.

Revenue from the donated items sold in Goodwill of Central stores helps to fund skills training and employment services for individuals with barriers. For every dollar earned in stores, 85 cents goes to support the organization’s mission. This year alone, more than 500 Central Iowans have been placed in jobs as a result of these efforts.

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