Tips for Donating
Goodwill stores sell your donated items and use revenue from the sale of those items to help fund programs that help thousands of people in our local community.
Your donations support job training for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, hot meal programs, rape crisis services and much more.
Maybe you aren’t sure WHAT to donate to Goodwill, though?
It’s pretty simple…..we take almost anything!
We want your clothing! You can even donate clothing that may have rips or stains. Goodwill will make sure those are recycled.
We accept computers and computer accessories, even if they are not working. Goodwill will refurbish those computers and sell them at our stores. Those that cannot be refurbished, we recycle.
Goodwill accepts housewares, toys, books and media, furniture, sporting equipment and much more.
There are just a few things that your Goodwill cannot accept as a donation, mostly because of regulations or processing costs.
Goods & Clothing
Your closet, cupboards and storage unit are more powerful than you think. When others see “stuff,” Goodwill sees a brighter future for someone right in our community. We enthusiastically accept new and gently used clothing and housewares – and turn all that “stuff” into funding for our local mission programming. Plus, keeping your clothing and housewares out of landfills by donating to Goodwill is good for the environment!
Computers & Electronics
Donating your computers and other tech equipment to Goodwill is safe and environmentally friendly. The ideal computer donation to Goodwill is an Intel Core 2 processor or better. Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio, Inc. takes the safety of our donors very seriously. We understand that data confidentiality is extremely important to donors. All hard drives received by Goodwill are wiped in accordance with the standards described in the NIST Special Publication 800-88 (PDF) which requires a minimum of one pass on a hard drive. If the drive is not able to be overwritten due to a problem with the drive (damaged sectors, damaged hardware, etc.), the drive is physically altered so that it cannot be read. If you have a question about donating computer equipment to Goodwill, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and a customer service representative will follow up with you.
Donating your vehicle to Goodwill is tax-deductible and directly supports our mission of empowering people on their journey to independence. Through our partnership with CARS, your old vehicle can jumpstart someone on a life-changing path. Learn more or call 866-699-5719.
Donating to Goodwill can help provide education and skills training to a parent in need.