Goodwill textile recyclers are seeing a spike in donations as part of Trump’s ‘Buy American’ campaign
Goodwill and its affiliates, which collect clothes, bedding and other items donated by consumers, have been experiencing a spike since the presidential election, according to the nonprofit’s president, John Stancil.
Trump’s election has also sparked increased efforts by retailers to donate their clothing, he said.
Goodwill had already been able to accept donations from Walmart and other major retailers, he told The Hill.
“There was an uptick of people wanting to donate,” Stancill said.
The campaign “made a lot of people feel good,” he added.
“They saw the great things that had been done by our partners to donate.”
Since Trump took office in January, Goodwill has raised more than $1.7 million in donations, according the nonprofit.
The organization has received more than 4 million pieces of donated clothing.
That is a huge increase from a few months ago, when it received about 1.5 million items a month, according Stanc, who added that the organization is seeing a much higher volume of donations now.
The number of donations is up significantly, he added, because of the campaign’s message about bringing back manufacturing jobs to the United States.
“We’re seeing a lot more donations,” he said of the uptick in donations since Trump took over.
“More people are interested.”
Goodwill is one of the few major charitable organizations that has made a concerted effort to donate items after the election.
Goodworks donated a total of $2.2 million in goods and services to organizations across the country in the first four months of the year.
The group also gave out $3.7 billion in goods in the previous four months, according an analysis of government data by the nonprofit organization’s research director, David Himmelstein.
Goodwills donation volume has increased in recent months.
For example, in October, the organization reported that it had donated nearly $1 billion worth of goods.
In October, Goodwids total gift to Goodwill’s 501(c)(3) charities was $1,849,716.
In the fourth quarter of the first fiscal year, the charity reported that Goodwill donated $939,874 worth of donated goods to Goodworks, according its latest tax filing.
Goodwork reported a total $9.7 trillion in gifts in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017.
The charity also reported that in the final quarter of fiscal 2017, the number of Goodwalls donations to Goodwis 501(b)(3), the 501(e) of the U.S. Government, reached $2,092,766.
Himmels tax filing shows that in fiscal 2017 the organization donated nearly 5% of its total charitable giving to Goodworkers 501(k) for “welfare programs,” including $972,959 to GoodWorks’ National Child Health and Development Program.
“The numbers are staggering,” Himmes said.
“When we started this initiative, the numbers were going to be in the neighborhood of $3 million a month.”
In addition to donating to Goodwork, the Trump administration has given more than two dozen charities money to help with their tax filing and compliance.
For instance, Trump gave more than one million dollars to charities to help them comply with new IRS rules and guidelines, according Himmelfers data.
The administration also donated more than a million dollars in cash to charities.
According to Himmeling, more than half of the donations were for “downtime” donations.
He said that while most donations are given to charities that are doing good, they are also given to charity that is doing harm.
“It’s a way to get money out of the hands of the government, and it’s also a way for the government to take care of the poor,” he explained.
“And when you put that together, that creates a lot less pressure on the charity.”
“They [Goodwill] have to take a very hard look at whether they can be a good partner to the Trump Administration, and that’s going to involve making sure that they are doing a lot to reduce their impact on society,” he continued.
“What they need to do is to work closely with the Department of Treasury and Department of Labor to determine if they can get rid of their tax loopholes.”
Goodworks tax filing showed that the charity donated $1 million worth of items to the U;S.
Treasury during fiscal 2017.
Goodwin also reported receiving $1 trillion in donations from the Trump-endorsed Treasury Department’s Community Reinvestment Act.
In that bill, Goodworks was able to get a $1 tax credit that it was able, for the first time, to use to donate to Goodworker’s 501c4 charities, which are “a good example of good corporate philanthropy,” Himselfes said, citing the charitable organization.
Goodfamilies tax filing also showed that Goodworks reported