Donation FAQ

Why should I donate to Goodwill?
When you donate cash or goods, you’re helping people achieve their highest level of independence through the power of work. And, you’re helping our planet by keeping your unwanted items our of area landfills.
Which items does Goodwill accept as donations?
Generally, we accept clothing, footwear, household and office furniture, books (including textbooks), housewares and household linens. We also accept working and nonworking computer equipment and motor vehicles.
Are there particular items that Goodwill cannot accept?
There are certain items that we regretfully cannot accept for resale or salvage.

Also, we suggest checking the Consumer Product Safety Commission site for any items that you believe may have been recalled. Many goods that we normally welcome, including toys, baby furniture or clothing, may be under recall. We appreciate your understanding and efforts prior to donation!

Where are Goodwill’s donation centers located?
We have donation centers in Madison (east, north and west sides), Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Fort Atkinson, Platteville, Portage, Richland Center and Sun Prairie.
Are there any other places where donations can be dropped off?
Donations of clothing also may be dropped off at Capitol Centre Market in Madison. Footwear also may be donated at The Shoe Box in Black Earth.

Donations of clothing, footwear, books, household items and linens may also be made at businesses and organizations sponsoring a donation drive.

Does Goodwill accept cash donations?
Yes. There are several ways to make a financial gift:

  • Donations can be made online – it’s easy, quick and safe
  • Checks made payable to Goodwill can be mailed to 1302 Mendota St., Madison, WI 53714
  • Donations can be made at any of our stores
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes. If you itemize your tax deductions, you can deduct your financial donations and/or the value of your donated materials. Goodwill Industries International offers a Valuation Guide to assist you in this process. For detailed information, please consult your accountant, attorney or an IRS office.