28 Aug No More Lost Receipts: Track Your Goodwill Donations Online
Tax return preparation is difficult enough without having to rifle through the glove box of your car in search of that elusive charitable donation receipt.
It’s an unpleasant task donors to Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee no longer need to worry about. In early August, the organization rolled out a new way to electronically track donations for tax purposes, while getting a discount on haircuts in the bargain.
Since early August, instead of handing out receipts that can be easily lost, attendants at Goodwill’s Donations Express Centers have been giving donors a flier directing them to a website — mygoodwilldonation.org — where they can log their donations throughout the year. They can also retrieve information on all their donations when needed and print it out to get a tax deduction from the IRS.
“When the donations attendant hands you a flier, you just follow the directions in blue box on front, go online, create a profile and start logging your donations,” Donations Specialist Jamie Goss explained. “It’s really easy.”
While a few other Goodwills around the country have an online receipt program, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is the first to partner with a business — Great Clips — to defray costs of its program. This allows more money from donations to be channeled toward Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and opportunities to those with barriers to employment.
The partnership also gives donors an opportunity to save some money by using a coupon on the flier to get a $9.99 haircut at Great Clips in Middle and West Tennessee. When donors register online to track their donations they can get an additional coupon for a family member.
Goss said donors who are not computer savvy or don’t have online access shouldn’t worry. Goodwill donation attendants can still provide them with a traditional receipt upon request.
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About Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
For more than 55 years Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2014, Goodwill served 28,159 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 9.558 people in jobs. More information about Goodwill’s Career Solutions, retail stores and donation centers can be obtained online at www.giveit2goodwill.org or by calling 1-800-545-9231