Everything You Need to Know About Planning a Donation Drive

Hosting a donation drive is an excellent way to support your community while decluttering and giving a new life to items you no longer need. Organizing a successful donation drive can be a rewarding and impactful experience. 

We’re diving into everything you need to know about planning a donation drive, from understanding what they are to getting started.

What is a Donation Drive?

A donation drive is a coordinated effort to collect goods or funds for a specific cause or organization. These drives can focus on various types of donations, such as clothing, household items, books, or school items. Donation drives can be organized by individuals, groups, schools, businesses, or community organizations.

The goal of a donation drive is to gather as many contributions as possible to support those in need. For example, donations to Goodwill help fund job training programs, employment placement services, and other community-based initiatives, making a significant impact on the lives of individuals and families.

How to Start a Donation Drive

Starting a donation drive may seem daunting, but with careful planning and organization, you can make it a success. 

By partnering with Goodwill for your donation drive, we will supply you with everything you’ll need to host a successful drive: A Goodwill donation truck, two Goodwill donation attendants, flyers, and donation tax receipts.

How to Host an In-Store Donation Drive

When you host an in-store donation drive, you can drop off your unneeded clothing, shoes, housewares, and other items to raise money per pound of donations. The retail store hosts the donation drive for you, making the process quick, easy, and efficient—a win-win for everyone!


  • Drives can be scheduled any day of the week from 10 AM to 2 PM or 2 PM to 6 PM.
  • Availability is limited.


  • Fill out the form on this page.
  • Complete the Donation Drive Kit.
  • A Donation Drive Coordinator will assign a nearby Goodwill Retail Store Donation Center to host your event.

Want to Host a Donation Drive?

For groups hosting a drive for the first time, you must start with an in-store donation drive. An on-site donation drive becomes available once your group collects a minimum of 2,500 pounds at an in-store donation drive. See “On-Site Donation Drive” for more details.


Your group can earn a monetary bonus based on the amount collected. The more you collect, the more you earn!

Note: Furniture and large appliances are not eligible for credit.

Tips for a Successful Donation Drive

  • Pre-collect items: Start gathering items before the event. Pre-collection is KEY.
  • Distribute flyers: Pass out flyers to everyone you know and distribute them at homes and businesses throughout the community.
  • Promote online: Post event details on your organization’s website and social media.
  • Organize pickups: Arrange pickups for items from those who cannot bring them to your drive.

Please note: Donated items must be in good, clean, sellable condition. We do not repair, refinish, or reupholster items.

Set Clear Goals

Establish specific goals for your donation drive. Determine the type and quantity of items you hope to collect, as well as any monetary targets. Setting clear goals helps motivate participants and provides a benchmark for measuring success.

Promote Your Drive

Promotion is key to a successful donation drive. Use various channels to spread the word and encourage participation:

  • Social Media: Create event pages on platforms like Facebook and share regular updates on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Flyers and Posters: Distribute flyers and posters in your community, local businesses, schools, and public spaces.
  • Email Campaigns: Send emails to your contacts, community groups, and local organizations to inform them about the drive and how they can contribute.

Engage Volunteers

Volunteers play a vital role in the success of a donation drive. Recruit friends, family, coworkers, or community members to help with tasks such as promoting the drive or collecting and sorting donations.

Planning a donation drive requires dedication and coordination, but the impact you can make is well worth the effort. By following these steps, you can organize a successful drive that supports a worthy cause and brings your community together. 

Your contributions will help those in need and foster a spirit of generosity and compassion. Start planning your donation drive today and make a positive difference in your community! Visit goodwillaz.org/donation-drive-intro to get started.

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