Goodwill is helping make tax time easier! idonate, a new electronic donation system was implemented to help donors track their donations and make proving their end of the year donations to Uncle Sam easier.
For the past few years donations made to any of Goodwill’s seven retail stores & donation centers was electronically recorded and an online report was offered. Goodwill has added to this system by utilizing the next technology of QR codes.
In December 2011, Goodwill added QR codes to all donation bins in Frederick and Carroll Counties. Instead of donors emailing a request for a paper receipt to be sent after making a donation to a bin, donors can now scan the QR code which will allow them to enter their information into their smartphone and record the items donated to Goodwill. Once the information is entered, Goodwill’s system automatically sends an email after completing the donation with a link to access their donation records online.
For a donor using the QR code for the first time, once they scan the QR a Goodwill web site platform appears on the screen of their smart phone prompting the donor to enter their email address, and list their donations by selecting items from a list. After this step is completed, a receipt and a link are emailed to the donor requesting additional information and confirming the activation of their account.
From that point on, their donation information is available through Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley’s website. Once entered into the system, the repeat donor simply scans the QR code with their smart phone at any donation location, enters their name & phone number into the app and is able to access their account, list their donations and will be emailed a receipt.
This new technology not only conveniently helps the donor manage their yearly receipts but will allow the nonprofit to track trends and learn more about their donors. “Each donation bin throughout the community has a special QR code specifically made for that location. We will be able to track how many people are donating to each spot, what time of the day and how often they are doing so” says Dan Kurtenbach President & CEO of Goodwill Moncacy Valley. “This data will not only help productivity, and future development, but allows us to communicate valuable information & gratitude to the lifeline of our organization, our donors” said Kurtenbach.
Goodwill also has a donation kiosk at all their Retail Stores & Donation Centers to obtain a paper donation receipt for donors who prefer the traditional way. Whether you favor the kiosk or your smart phone for receipts, all donors can visit the donation page at www.GoodwillMV.org to obtain an online donation recap report.
Goodwill’s mission is to “Create Hope, Jobs and Futures In Our Community” and they encourage everyone to donate those items that have out grown their home as they start cleaning out closets and organizing for spring cleaning. Goodwill generates revenue through the sale of donated goods in their retail stores, funding programs and services to help people with disabilities and other barriers to employment receive the training and support needed to gain employment.
For more information about any of their programs and services, and to check out the locations and hours of their other retail locations, go to their website at www.GoodwillMV.org .