PITTSBURGH PA, December 21, 2020 — Individuals can earn a tax deduction for 2020 by donating items or offering financial support to Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania before the end of the year. Charitable contributions during 2020 are fully tax deductible, even for those who do not itemize, up to $300 under the CARES Act.  

In addition to traditional donations such as clothing, housewares, books, furniture and jewelry, Goodwill is making a special appeal for computers and other electronic equipment, with an emphasis this year on laptops and tablets which can be resold in Goodwill stores. Before resale, hard drives of computers are cleaned to the Department of Defense DOD 5220.22-M standard. Electronics that cannot be resold in stores are recycled responsibly through Goodwill’s Dell Reconnect partnership.  Learn more about the partnership at www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-computer.

“We expect donations to slow down this year because of various holiday activities and the complications caused by the pandemic mitigation efforts,” said Mike Smith, Goodwill SWPA’s President/CEO. “We hope this reminder near the end of the year about the tax benefits of donating to Goodwill will motivate people to help us out. We really need donations right now because many are counting on Goodwill stores and program services during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.”

Material donations may be dropped off at any Goodwill store. Donating to Goodwill is also good for the environment, helping to keep nearly 19 million pounds of material out of landfills annually. For the safety of donors and Goodwill team members, those donating items to any Goodwill location will utilize a contact-free donation process.  Find the nearest drop off location at www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-goods.

Goodwill is also encouraging people to consider financial donations to the organization’s Strengthening Lives, Building Communities fundraising campaign. The campaign funds education and job training programs and services that support various populations in need including individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, individuals with limited work experience or education, displaced workers and veterans, people experiencing homelessness, youth and older workers, and people with criminal backgrounds. Checks may be mailed to Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Attn: Development Office, 118 52nd Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Learn more about the campaign and other ways to give at www.goodwillswpa.org/donate-money.

Goodwill also accepts donation of vehicles to support its nonprofit mission. To donate a vehicle, call 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.  Goodwill will certainly do its part to put your contributions of any type to good use helping to change lives through the power of work!” Smith said.

CONTACT:     David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-760-0348 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

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About Goodwill SWPA

(www.goodwillswpa.org; facebook.com/goodwillswpa; twitter.com/gwswpa; instagram.com/goodwillswpa)

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified nonprofit human service agency that serves southwestern Pennsylvania and north central West Virginia and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; Goodwill Housing; and Mission Logistics, LLC. The agency operates 33 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training, education and related services to help people overcome employment barriers. In 2019, Goodwill SWPA demonstrated the following outcomes: 10,624 adults and youth served, 582 individual placements of participants into unsubsidized employment; and 1,575 persons employed directly by Goodwill SWPA. These factors resulted in $109,500,000 of economic output during the year.

 

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