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Giving to Goodwill during the holiday season offers donors an end-of-the-year “win-win” – you can help others while helping yourself to 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 2016 while helping to sustain the important programs and services that Goodwill provides to the community.
“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.
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, Attn: Development Office, 118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Donors can also text EMPOWERS to 56512 to easily make a gift via a mobile phone. 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.