DONATE TO GOODWILL BEFORE THE DECEMBER 31 TAX DEADLINE
As the tax deadline for donations quickly approaches, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth is asking the community to help make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment, while potentially saving money on their taxes. The tax deadline for 2014 donations is Dec. 31.
Goodwill Industries International offers an online Donation Impact Calculator to help consumers quickly and easily determine the social and environmental benefits of their donations. For example, one bicycle, one coat and one DVD provides a person with one hour of on-the-job training, one working computer provides 5.3 hours of career counseling and six shirts and two pairs of jeans provide one hour of a job search class. Find out what your donations can do at http://donate.goodwill.org/.
“Goodwill puts 93 cents of every dollar earned by the sale of donated goods back into programs and services that help the Fort Worth community,” said David Cox, Goodwill’s president and CEO. “Through education, training and career services, we helped more than 42,768 local individuals with disabilities or other barriers to work gain independence last year. We change lives through the power of work.”
Consumers already have a strong desire to donate and help others. According to a survey from Goodwill, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of consumers donate to support causes they believe in. Despite their generosity, seven in 10 (71 percent) admit on occasion they’ve chosen not to donate their unwanted gently used clothing.
In fact, for every one article of clothing donated, consumers have at least 30 more articles of clothing ready to be donated. According to the online Donation Impact Calculator, donating 30 articles would fund more than four hours of a job search class for one person. If just 1,000 people each donated 30 items, 1,000 community members would each receive more than four hours of a job search class.
To find the nearest donation station and general donation information, please visit www.goodwillfortworth.org.