Myths About Donating
THink before you donate ... and Get the Facts about email rumors!
As you open your pockets and donate gently-used items, please keep the following facts in mind:
- Goodwill® has been meeting critical human service needs in local communities in the U.S., Canada and 13 other countries for over 110 years. Goodwill is a leading social services enterprise, and consistently ranks among the top charities that optimize donations to serve individuals in the community.
- An email message titled “Think Before You Donate” has been randomly circulating to peoples’ inboxes erroneously quoting information and salary figures for several nonprofit organizations’ chief executives, including a reference to “Goodwill CEO and Owner Mark Curran, who profits $2.3 million a year.” Mark Curran is not Goodwill’s CEO and has never been Goodwill’s CEO. Jim Gibbons is the CEO of Goodwill Industries International and earns compensation that is in line with the complexities of his role in relation to leadership, strategic goals and performance, as well as outcomes of the organization.
- The average amount all Goodwills across the US dedicate to programs and services for people in need is 82 cents of every dollar. This is a highly respected figure for nonprofits, and a solid indicator of our commitment to good stewardship of your donations.
- As one of 165 Goodwills individually operated in the communities they serve and governed by a volunteer board of directors, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado served 76,862 individuals and placed 9,573 people into competitive employment in 2015 alone. Our Discover Goodwill has administrative expenses of 10 percent.
- Goodwill strongly encourages you to “think before you donate” and research the charities you’d like to support. Be certain the organization you choose uses the majority of its revenue for charitable purposes that support a mission you believe in.