Yes, we are a charity – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit per IRS classifications – and your donations are tax-deductible. For each donation of one or more items valued at $250 or more, the IRS requires a written receipt or acknowledgment, which we’ll supply unless you prefer us to sign your own itemized list (which need not include valuations). The IRS requires that a person donating property valued at more than $5,000 must first obtain a qualified written appraisal.What items do we accept for donations?
We especially appreciate donations of clothing; we also take housewares, linens, small furniture (Larger items may be donated by special arrangement), vehicles, etc. We can use almost anything that is in sellable condition. In order to avoid high disposal costs ($30,000 in 2010), we ask that you allow us leave behind items that are not suitable.
What vehicles do we accept for donations?How should my donations be prepared?
We accept almost any kind of vehicle of value, operable or not. We sell the vehicles ourselves, in our thrift stores’ parking lots, unless they are in such poor condition that they have value for parts only. You will receive a written receipt upon donation of your vehicle and acknowledgment within 30 days after the vehicle is sold. This receipt will have all the IRS-required information: donor’s name and taxpayer identification number; vehicle identification or similar number; a statement certifying that our organization sold the car in an arm’s length transaction between unrelated parties; the gross proceeds (selling price) from the sale; a statement that the donor’s charitable contribution deduction may not be more than the gross proceeds from the sale; and the date of the contribution.
Items should be clean and ready for re-use or resale, if at all possible. Please bag or box loose items.
We’re sorry, but it is very costly to pick up, repair and/or reuplhoster, and try to resell such items. In fact, it is a money-losing process that few organizations can afford to engage in unless they are heavily subsidized to engage in rehabilitation and work training programs.What items are not accepted for donations?
We cannot normally accept the following items, for the reason(s) noted: