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To help you determine your donations fair market value Goodwill is happy to provide a "Value Guide" that offers average prices in our stores for items in good condition.

Goodwill is also happy to provide you with the IRS Guidelines for the Value of Donated Goods.

Why should I donate to my local Goodwill?

Goodwill Stores are linked to a great cause -- about 85 percent of Goodwill's revenues go directly into employment and training programs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment!

What type of items does Goodwill accept?

new and gently used clothing and linens,
shoes, boots, skates, slippers
computers and all computer equipment
cell phones
household items, dishes, glassware, kitchen utensils, lamps, and small appliances
toys, games, and sporting goods
books, CD’s, videos, DVD’s, and computer software
jewelry, purses, and belts
all electronics including VCR’s, DVD & blue ray players, and stereo’s
cars, trucks, and boats

Are there any items you can’t accept?

tires and car batteries
chemicals of any kind including paint, gasoline, antifreeze, pesticides, and oil
magazines, textbooks, and encyclopedias
soiled or stained mattresses and box springs, waterbeds
all TV’s
carpeting
personal care items (unless unopened)
weapons or ammunition
built in appliances
exercise equipment, except bikes

Where can I make a donation?

Donations are accepted at all of our stores.
Please call the store, for their donation hours.
Donations are accepted online:

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Also, Goodwill's newest feature is the ability to donate by texting from your cell phone. Donate $10 to support job training and career placement in our community! Text GOODWILL followed by your zip code to 85944!

A one‐time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Donations must be authorized by account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of Goodwill by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/tReply STOP to 85944 to stop; Reply HELP to 85944 for help.

How can I donate my vehicle or boat?

Donate Your Vehicle Today!
.............or call (866) 492-2770.

We take all vehicles in all conditions. Vehicles can be running or nonrunning.

We pick up your vehicle for FREE at your convenience.

How can my used cell phone be recycled?

Goodwill has partnered with Cell Phones for Soldiers for the recycling of cell phones.

To a military family, a phone call home is priceless. Cell Phones for Soldiers addresses an everyday emotional need that everyone has experienced: the need to call home, to hear a familiar voice while far away.

Please help our troops stay connected by donating your used cell phones today. Every phone makes a difference!

Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their phones at any Goodwill Northern Illinois location.
Cell Phones for Soldiers


Can I donate my used computer and computer equipment?

Yes! Goodwill has partnered with Dell for the Dell Reconnect program for a free drop-off recycling program where consumers can responsibly recycle any brand of unwanted computers or other computer equipment in any condition.

Consumers are responsible for removing personal data from the hard drives and other storage media before donating to Goodwill. Neither Goodwill nor Dell is liable for data removal or protection. Dell also performs intensive third-party audits of its recycling program - more than 150 first-tier audits have already been performed to ensure the strictest standards are being followed.

Visit www.dell.com/reconnect for more information.


Will there be someone there to unload my items for me?

Goodwill staffs it donation centers to assist donors in unloading their vehicles.

Can I get a receipt for tax purposes?

We will be happy to provide you with a receipt.  Under the new tax law it is the donor’s responsibility to make a detailed, itemized list of every item donated, and its fair value. By law Goodwill can not tell you what your donated items are worth. 

Ebay GivingWorks - Donate to Goodwill through Ebay

How can you donate to Goodwill through Ebay? Easy! You can do 1 of 3 things:

  • You can name us as a Favorite Nonprofit. It's free, and every time they buy something and pay by PayPal, we'll ask you to
    ...donate $1 (or more) to us.
  • You can sell something and donate 10-100% of your sale price to us.
  • You can buy something that's up for sale on eBay to support our work.
  • Visit www.ebay.com/GivingWorks for more information.

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