Frequently asked questions

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Goodwill stores and shopping

General and tax-related questions

The following summary is provided as a service and should not be considered professional tax or legal advice. Consult your tax advisor for the federal, state and local tax impact of your donation or financial gift.

  • Are Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota and your Goodwill stores charitable organizations according to the U.S. Government?

    Yes. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota operates the stores to raise funds for our charitable mission. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Additionally, we meet and exceed all charitable requirements according to the Charities Review Council.

  • Are my donations deductible to the maximum allowable amount?

    Yes, all types of donations (vehicles, financial contributions and items) to Goodwill-Easter Seals qualify for a charitable contribution deduction on your tax return, but you must follow IRS guidelines and maintain accurate records. As always, we suggest you consult your tax advisor or accountant to maximize the amount you may legally deduct on your tax return. In addition, the IRS has numerous resources to assure you maintain the proper records for tax deductible donations to any charitable organization:

  • What documentation does the IRS require to deduct my donation on my tax return?

    You must have a receipt for a single contribution of any kind valued at $250 or more. This applies to clothing and household items, vehicles, stocks and financial gifts. A canceled check is not considered a receipt.

  • How do I get a receipt for my donation?

    Goodwill stores provide IRS-acceptable receipts at the time of drop-off. If you are not offered one, ask for it. You must write down the estimated cash value for your donation on the receipt. Some suggest maintaining an accurate list of the items donated and the estimated sale value for each item. If you donate a vehicle, a receipt will be provided at donation time or mailed to you with the actual sale price of the vehicle.

  • Where can I find more details about documenting my charitable donations for tax deduction purposes?

    To determine the cash value and document your Goodwill donations, download Determining the value of donated items to charities.

Donating cars

Donating to Goodwill

  • Do I need to make an appointment to drop off my donations? Do I need an appointment to drop off large furniture items?

    No, we accept donations at our Goodwill donation centers, which open when the Goodwill store opens and close one hour before the stores. Before bringing large furniture items, please ensure they are clean and not broken. We reserve the right to refuse donations of large items that we cannot sell in our stores. Learn more about which items we accept at our Goodwill donation centers.

  • Do you have a form I can use to itemize my Goodwill donations for tax purposes?

    We do not provide this. However, you may make a list of items donated, brand and estimated used value and attach it to the receipt provided at our drop-off sites.*

  • How do I know how much my donated items are worth?

    We cannot determine or set a value for each item donated, but the IRS has a detailed publication for this purpose. Download Determining the value of donated items to charities.*

  • Do you have a donation valuation guide for our region to determine fair market value for tax purposes.

    Value is dependent on the quality, cleanliness and age of the donated items. Generally, the item's deductible value is much less than you originally paid for it. We would like to refer you to the IRS Publication, Determining the value of donated items to charities.*

  • Do you accept appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves, washers or dryers?

    No. We cannot accept large household appliances.

  • Do you accept computers, computer monitors or televisions?

    We do not currently accept any of these items.

  • Do you accept microwave ovens, blenders and mixers and other electronic items?

    We cannot accept microwave ovens, but we do accept small electronics and countertop appliances in good working condition.

  • Do you accept unopened or opened cans of paint?

    We cannot accept paint or any chemical items.

  • Which items do you accept at your stores?

    We accept items that we can sell in our stores or online at This includes nearly everything except large appliances, computers and chemicals. View a list of items we accept in our stores. Federal law now requires that all donated items be in good condition if you plan to deduct the value of the item on your taxes.

Financial contributions

This section has answers to questions commonly asked about giving money. Please click on the link below to quickly scroll down or link to the page you need:

  • How much of my gift will be used to help people and how much to administrative costs?

    We are a 501(c)(3) charity and more than 80 percent of your gift will be used to provide services that help prepare people for work.

  • How will my gift be used?

    Your gift will be used where the greatest need is unless you designate the gift. To learn more about our mission and vision, visit our About us and Services pages. Many of our programs have waiting lists, so we have provided a way for you to support those programs. Online gifts may be designated.

  • Do you have a matching gift program for employers?

    Please request a matching gift form from your employer, complete your part and mail it to us at this address:
    Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
    Attn: Development Department
    553 Fairview Ave. N
    St. Paul, MN 55104

  • How do I go about naming Goodwill-Easter Seals in my will?

    It is possible to name us in your will. For more information visit our planned giving page.

  • Should I give now or later through a planned giving option?

    If you are in your high-earnings years, writing a check or donating online right now will help us meet immediate needs for scholarships and other job training expenses. Plus, giving money now offers the maximum tax benefits for you and it is the most simple way to give.

    If you’re past your prime earning years and/or need to keep your assets and cash flow intact, you may choose to make your gift to us in your will or some other planned giving option. Although we cannot use this gift immediately, it will contribute to the long-term financial stability of Goodwill-Easter Seals. We recommend that you obtain professional help to set up your estate plan gifts to us. For more information visit our planned giving page.

  • If I want to give assets, what are my options?

    There are a variety of giving options which can provide tax and other benefits, including gifts of stock or a planned gift, such as retirement assets, making a bequest or charitable gift annuities and trusts.*

* Information on this website and on this page is not intended to provide legal, IRS or tax advice. See your accountant or attorney to determine what planned giving option is best for you. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is not liable for any incorrect information published here.