Rumors About Goodwill
Our Response to Rumors about Goodwill:
Goodwill® has more than a century of experience at helping people with disabilities and other barriers to employment in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. Goodwill is a leading social services enterprise, and consistently ranks among the nation's top charities.
Your donations to Goodwill's Retail & Donation Centers and your financial contributions to the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation, fund programs and services that assist tens of thousands of Southwest Floridians each year.
This information is erroneous. As nonprofit organizations, neither Goodwill Industries International nor Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida are "owned" by anyone. Steven C. Preston is the actual CEO of Goodwill Industries International and reports to a volunteer Board of Directors. Locally, John Nadeau is the President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. He, too, reports to a volunteer Board of Directors.
Here in Southwest Florida, approximately 90% of the revenue we earn is spent on our mission services. This is a very healthy number in the nonprofit world, and a solid indicator of our commitment to good stewardship of your donations.
Goodwill definitely encourages you to "think before you donate." That is the one legitimate message that this damaging hoax email contains. We also suggest that you learn more about the charities you'd like to support. Make sure the organization you choose uses its revenue for charitable purposes that support a mission you believe in.
For more information, we encourage you to visit the GuideStar website by Candid, which posts financial records and independent reviews of charities. There, you can review our IRS 990 form, required of most federally tax-exempt organizations. GuideStar by Candid has certified Goodwill Industries International with the GuideStar Exchange Seal for its commitment to transparency.
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