About Donating

Goodwill transforms your donations into employment and training programs that help people find jobs. We gratefully accept donations of items that can be sold in our stores to support our programs.

Donations to Goodwill are tax-deductible. While Goodwill cannot establish or confirm a value for your donations, you can use this valuation guide. Please visit www.irs.gov to learn more about itemizing donated goods.

Goodwill partners with Second Harvest Food Bank and has designated a number of locations as drop-off sites for both Goodwill and Food Bank donations. Look for the orange markers in the donation location map for the Food Bank drop-off locations nearest you.

What to Donate

There isn’t much we don’t take. And, donations to Goodwill are often tax deductible (visit irs.gov for guidelines). Your stuff may not be new to you, but it’s new to us. Every bit goes a long way in funding job training and career services across northwest North Carolina. Donations can be made at any Goodwill store or donation center. Find the one nearest to you.

Most needed items include:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Furniture
  • Linens
  • Accessories like purses and belts
  • Jewelry
  • Small appliances like toasters, blenders, and coffee makers

  • Household goods like pots, dishes, and home décor
  • Toys
  • Books and DVDs
  • Computers
  • Vehicles

It’s hard to say “no thank you” to a donation. However, if an item is not in saleable condition, Goodwill incurs costs to handle or dispose of the item.
Download our Donation Guidelines for a list of items we cannot accept.

Computer Recycling

Residential Computer Recycling – Dell Reconnect

On July 1, 2011, a law went into effect in North Carolina prohibiting the disposal of electronics into landfills. Many people have unwanted computers, printers, and monitors in storage because they are unsure what do with them or concerned about the safety of their personal data. Goodwill’s RECONNECT program, in partnership with Dell, offers a free and easy way for residents to responsibly recycle electronics. Any brand, any condition used computerequipment is accepted for free. Simply bring in your donation to a Goodwill store or donation center. Residential donors should remove allpersonal data prior to making their donation. Neither Dell nor Goodwill is responsible for personal data left on a donated computer.

For more information on Reconnect, visit dell.com/reconnect.


Commercial Computer Recycling

Goodwill also operates a free computer recycling program for businesses and governmental agencies. Donated computers suitable for sale in Goodwill stores are processed using specialty software and high quality standards to destroy personal data left on all hard drives. Older computers are de-manufactured and hard drives are destroyed. For more information or to schedule a commercial pickup, please call (336) 201-0830.

Goodwill Certified Computers

As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, Goodwill sells used laptops and desktops at eight stores in northwest N.C. (Asheville, Elkin, Kannapolis, Lexington, Winston-Salem and Conover). Units start at under $100 and include Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 and Microsoft Home and Student 2007.

Business Donations

Our corporate partners play an instrumental role in our ability to generate revenue to support our services through the contribution of overruns, excess inventory, seconds, and unwanted or soon-to-be-replaced property and supplies. For more information, please contact Dana Conte, dconte@goodwillnwnc.org or (336) 201-0800.

Financial Donations

Goodwill accepts monetary donations that are used to further support our mission. Your donation is tax-deductible; Goodwill qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As a nonprofit, we take our responsibilities to the public very seriously. Goodwill is consistently ranked among top efficient charities that make your donations go further.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please visit give.goodwill.org. Thank you for your generous support.

Vehicle Donations

Goodwill accepts donations of vehicles – cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, campers, RVs and more – running or not! Donate online in minutes at www.goodwillcardonation.org/goodwill-industries-of-northwest-nc/ or call the 24/7 donations line at (877) 492-2779.

Success Outfitters

Goodwill’s Success Outfitters program provides people with limited resources a way to obtain appropriate clothing for interviews and working on-the-job at no cost. When you donate gently used clothing to Success Outfitters, you enable members of our community to make a great first impression and gain the confidence they need to get back into the workforce. Anyone can donate to Success Outfitters at any time – businesses, churches, educational organizations and individuals. Items collected which are not appropriate for Success Outfitters are donated to Goodwill’s retail operations which underwrite additional workforce development programs. Goodwill offers clothing receptacles and pickup service for organizations that conduct donation drives for Success Outfitters. For more information, please contact:

  • Buncombe County: Josh Pierce at (828) 298-9023, email
  • Forsyth County: Mark Smith at (336) 724-3621, email
  • Haywood County: Lori Mills at (828) 246-9233, email

Suit Yourself coordinates donation drives to collect menswear that is appropriate for wearing to a job interview or for working in a professional environment, then collaborates with Goodwill to identify clients in need.  Learn more.

Residential Pickups

Goodwill makes housecalls! Free residential pickups are offered in the Asheville, Mooresville and Winston-Salem areas. Certain restrictions apply. There are two quick and easy ways to schedule your pickup:

Goodwill’s GoodMoves Program helps take some of the hassle out of moving. We will provide you with a donation container at no cost for up to three weeks (a $400 value). You can pack up and make decisions about what you want to keep and what you want to donate. When you are ready, Goodwill will pick up the container and use your donations to fund employment and training programs that help people find jobs and get back on their feet.  For more information, please contact Dana Conte at (336) 201-0794 or by email.