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What charities accept and pick up furniture donations?

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Goodwill and the Salvation Army accept furniture donations, and both offer pickup services in most areas. Both organizations recommend contacting a local store to find out if pickup service is available in that area or to schedule a time and day for pickup.

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The Salvation Army accepts most types of furniture donations. For questions about a donation, contact a local store. It is up to the donor to set a valuation to the furniture for tax purposes. Suggested values range from about $4 for a playpen all the way up to $1,000 for a full bedroom set. The value assigned to the item should reflect the item's quality and age.

When donating furniture to Goodwill, each donor receives a receipt that he can use for a tax deduction. The Internal Revenue Service requires that all taxpayers place a value to each donation to Goodwill, and the company publishes a donation valuation guide at Goodwill.org. As with the Salvation Army, this helps donors estimate the value of commonly donated items, including furniture. Goodwill also works to maximize the donations it receives, and the organization uses approximately 83 percent of the revenue earned from donations to help those in need find meaningful work.

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