SEATTLE -- New Year’s Eve marked the end of a busy three-day span for Puget Sound area non-profits. Organizations like Goodwill see a 20% increase in donations around the holidays, according to the Center on Philanthropy.
“I don’t think it’s just because people want a tax receipt,” said Seattle Goodwill CEO Ken Colling, “It’s also because they have time to sort things.”
In order to use donations as tax savings, people had to drop off their goods at a non-profit by December 31st. Those who donate only realize savings if the total itemized deductions exceed the standard deduction.
At the Goodwill in Ballard, everything from toys to furniture to rocks were dropped off New Year’s Eve.
“We get all sorts of random stuff,” said employee Daniel McGough, “Toilets, sinks.”
Angela Vigil said she was donating everything but the kitchen sink, after having recently moved.
“We like to start the new year, start it fresh,” Vigil explained, “After the holidays, we like to get rid of a lot of stuff.”
Colling said even with the tax receipt available, about half of those who donate do not take advantage.