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:
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.