Donation FAQ

How do my donations and purchases help?
The annual budget to keep Memphis Goodwill programs operating is raised from the sale of donated items. That’s why the donations of generous Mid-Southerners is so important to our local Goodwill. Donations from our neighbors are accepted, then sold to other neighbors who shop at our stores. Those sales revenues are then used to hire even more neighbors, many of whom face barriers to employment. It’s a local non-profit benefitting the neighbors in our own communities.

Also, when you donate, you help to keep millions of pounds of materials out of our local landfills. It’s the “green” thing to do!

What types of items does Memphis Goodwill accept as donations?

We accept gently used:

  • Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing of all types
  • Shoes, purses, belts and other clothing accessories
  • Jewelry and watches
  • Furniture
  • Wall art (framed and unframed)
  • Household wares (dishes, glasses, pots & pans, flower arrangements, etc.)
  • Electronics (TVs, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, blenders, toasters, can openers, etc.)
  • Computers and computer accessories (working and non-working)
  • Books, records, CDs, DVDs, tapes
  • Children’s toys, plush items
  • Bed linens, covers, drapes


Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes! Items donated to Goodwill are always tax-deductible. Donors may get a tax receipt card to itemize their donations every time they drop something off. Goodwill staff cannot assess the value ourselves, but you can refer to general federal guidelines for help.

Does Goodwill’s CEO make $2.3million a year?
Unfortunately, we sometimes stand in the line of fire from individuals and organizations that are misinformed and/or misrepresent us to the public. This negative rumor mill has recently resurfaced in the form of a five-year-old email that includes a variation of a message like this: “Think about these before you donate. As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel good, please keep these facts in mind…”

The message then quotes erroneous information and salary figures for several nonprofit organizations’ chief executives, including a reference to a so-called “Goodwill CEO and Owner Mark Curran, who profits $2.3 million a year.”

Truth-About-Think-Before-You-DonateThis information is erroneous.
As nonprofit organizations, neither Goodwill Industries International nor Memphis Goodwill, Inc. is “owned” by anyone.  Jim Gibbons is the CEO of Goodwill Industries International and reports to a volunteer Board of Directors. Locally, Tony Martini is the President & CEO of Memphis Goodwill.  He, too, reports to a volunteer Board of Directors.

For more information debunking this hoax email, please visit snopes.com, a website which validates and debunks urban legends, Internet rumors, e-mail forwards, and other stories of unknown or questionable origin.

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