Donation Guidelines: What You Can and Cannot Donate to GIMV
Your donations make Goodwill work. Thank you for providing the fuel for us to help put others in our community to work.
Each sale of a donated item at a Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley retail store or at shopgoodwill.com/gimv benefits our development and job-training programs for residents of Carroll County and Frederick County, Md.
Below you’ll find our guidelines for donations we can and cannot accept. In advance, please check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for product recalls. Items that have been recalled cannot be donated to or sold by Goodwill.
You may donate items at any of our locations during open hours. GIMV offers a pick-up service for donations that meet certain criteria.
We gratefully accept the donation of these items in good, saleable condition:
- Accessories (e.g., handbags, belts, scarves)
- Collectibles, jewelry, antiques
- Domestics (e.g., sheets, towels)
- DVDs, CDs, records, tapes
- Household (e.g., dishes, housewares)
- Small furniture
- Small electricals (e.g., radios, clocks, lamps)
Regarding furniture, Goodwill accepts clean, usable furniture in saleable condition. Please make furniture donations at one of our retail stores whenever possible.
Electronic Device Donations
Electronic waste represents one of the most highly toxic substances in landfills, as many items can leach heavy metals into groundwater. Maryland law actually prohibits disposing of most electronics in refuse.
Goodwill partners with Dell ReConnect to recycle used smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, monitors and other electronics. Bring your electronic device to GIMV for recycling that meets or exceeds industry standards, free of charge.
Goodwill accepts donations of a variety of vehicles in most conditions, at no cost to donors, and many times within 1-3 business days.
Work at a business or nonprofit organization? Help it secure a tax deduction, build teamwork and aid local residents all at the same time. GIMV welcomes commercial donations of surplus, returned or gently used retail goods, store fixtures or equipment, and furniture. Another option: organize an employee donation drive or a permanent donation dropoff with a GIMV collection bin.
Regrettably, we must decline certain items regardless of condition and normally acceptable items whose condition falls below clean and saleable. To accept the latter would necessitate diverting funds from our community and workforce development programs, which runs contrary to our mission.
Unacceptable items include:
- Automobile parts — Tires, wheels, batteries, seats, body parts and engines.
- Broken appliances or items that do not work — TVs, microwave ovens, copy machines.
- Broken, torn, stained, or odorous furniture — GIMV cannot not repair or clean items and can only offer clean, useable items for sale in stores or online.
- Building materials — Carpets, shutters, doors, windows, toilets, lumber, concrete, bricks, stones.
- Frequently recalled items — Infant furniture, car seats, exercise equipment, baby cribs, strollers, carriages, playpens/play yards, children’s items containing lead or phthalates.
- Hazardous materials — Kerosene, gas, paint or any chemicals.
- Large home goods — Mattresses, stoves, pianos, refrigerators.
- Medical equipment — Wheelchairs, potty chairs and crutches, among others.
For further clarification, please contact a retail store manager and he or she will help guide you to other possibilities for donations we cannot accept, such as your local recycling center.
Your financial support helps us administer career-development programs to area residents, giving them the skills and jobs they need to create their own independence. Consider a tax-deductible financial gift today.
Thank you for donating to GIMV! Upon request, one of our associates will provide you a receipt confirming our status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which makes your donation tax-deductible. By law, however, GIMV cannot assign a value to the items you donate for tax-deduction purposes. Donors must determine fair-market value of donated items. Visit the IRS website for more information.