A receipt for a donation to a qualified organization must include the date of contribution, amount and organization name. Both the charity and the contributor will need proof of donation when filing yearly taxes.
Additional proof of contribution may be required for donations of $250 or more, including an explanation of any services or items received in exchange for the contribution. If the charitable contribution is property, such as a furniture donation to a shelter, a description must also be included. Property contributions valued at over $5,000 must first be appraised. Charitable contributions can be deducted by filing Form 1040, but only if the contributor itemizes their yearly taxes.