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Giving to Goodwill during the holiday season offers donors the opportunity to help others while offering a tax break at the same time. By donating goods or financial support to Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania by December 31, you can earn a tax deduction for 2015 while helping to sustain the important programs that Goodwill provides to the community. Last year, Goodwill provided services to over 53,000 individuals.
“Donations are the life-blood of Goodwill stores, which represent nearly half of our operating revenues,” said Michael J. Smith, President/CEO of Goodwill SWPA. “And at this time of year, just when our stores are the busiest, donations tend to slow down because people are involved with holiday activities and traveling.”
Goodwill currently needs traditional donations such as clothing, housewares, books, furniture and jewelry, as well as donations of cars, computers and other electronic equipment.
“We are issuing this last-minute reminder about the tax benefits of donating to Goodwill in an effort to motivate people to help us out during December,” Mr. Smith said.
Material donations may be dropped off at any Goodwill store. Find the nearest location at www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-goods. Financial donations may also be made in many different ways that are convenient to donors. More information can be found at www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-money. Checks may also be mailed to Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania at 118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Donors can also text EMPOWERS to 56512 to easily make a gift via a mobile phone or tablet. To donate a vehicle, just call the Goodwill Auto Donation program at 1-888-30-40-CAR (1-888-304-0227), or visit www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-a-car.
“We greatly appreciate all of the generous support we receive from the community, and we definitely work hard to put your gifts to good use,” Mr. Smith said.
About Goodwill SWPA
Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals.