"Think before you donate," and we think you'll donate to Goodwill .. .

Occasionally, an old email or social media post will reach some individuals’ news feeds and/or computers, entitled, “Think Before You Donate” that contains false information about a number of non-profits, including Goodwill. We know that you want your donations to be used wisely, so we’d like to provide you with correct information for responding to these rumors.

The email falsely claims a person named Mark Curran is the president and ‘owner” of Goodwill. Goodwill is a network of 180 world-wide autonomous non-profit charitable organizations governed by local volunteer Board of Directors. Goodwill Industries International is an association office that supports the independent Goodwills and is headed by Jim Gibbons, who has been the CEO since 2008. Goodwill Industries International is governed by a volunteer board composed primarily from local Goodwill membership, and as such does not have an “owner.” Furthermore, no one by the name Mark Curran has ever headed a Goodwill organization in the country, including Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, which is led by its President, William G. Oakley.

We would like to address some of the other issues raised in the email. Please note the following facts about Goodwill Industries of Central Florida:

  1. Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is a registered, reputable 501(c) non-profit organization. You can view our certification here. You can also view our sales tax exemption certificate here.
  2. As a non-profit, Goodwill is "owned" by the communities it serves and is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteers from throughout its 6-county service area. You can see the current Board of Directors here.
  3. Donations to Goodwill support our goal of providing job training and career development services, particularly to individuals with disabilities and/or other barriers to employment. Our mission is "Building Lives That Work."
  4. Goodwill provided free vocational services to over 42,900 people in 2015, and helped over 7,591 find jobs in our community.
  5. More than 90 cents of every dollar earned by Goodwill Industries of Central Florida supports its life-changing mission. Nationally, CharityWatch, an independent organization that evaluates philanthropic organizations, gives Goodwill an "A" rating — one of the highest in the country for a non-profit organization. You can also view Goodwill's tax documents through GuideStar, whose mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.
  6. Goodwill Industries follows a rigorous process to determine executive compensation. Learn more here.

Goodwill Industries International has also issued a response to the email rumors. View it here.

At Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, we believe everyone should “think before you donate.” When you do, you may rest assured that your generous donations to Goodwill help individuals find meaningful employment, thereby building lives, families and communities one career at a time.

did you know

At Goodwill, we'll gladly accept your cell phone, computer or laptop, reducing e-waste that would otherwise clog landfills.

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did you know

At Goodwill, we'll gladly accept your cell phone, computer or laptop, reducing e-waste that would otherwise clog landfills.

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