Category Archives: Goodwill’s Mission

Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Internet?

You would know a hoax when you see it right? We’ve all seen the commercial that says “You can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true.” Unfortunately, that is not always the case.When you get an email forwarded to multiple people, chances are you are looking at a chain email that contains outdated information or facts that were never true. Snopes2.com is a valuable resource for vetting urban myths, like the one mentioning Goodwill.

You may have seen this hoax email in your inbox or posted on Facebook. It’s titled ‘Think Before You Donate.’ It falsely states that Mark Curran is the owner of Goodwill and earns $2.3 million a year. We want to set the record straight – no one named Mark Curran has ever ‘owned’ or worked for Goodwill. Plus, no one owns Goodwill. Goodwill is a nonprofit company.

Jim Gibbons is the current CEO of Goodwill Industries International and reports to a volunteer Board of Directors. Ron Kratofil is the President & CEO of Goodwill Keystone Area and reports to a volunteer Board of Directors.

Goodwill is well respected for its devotion to its mission and those it serves. Forbes Magazine agrees. In November 2012, Forbes ranked Goodwill in the top 10 in terms of private support, with a 97% fundraising efficiency rating and an 88% charitable commitment, meaning 88 cents of every dollar raised goes toward the nonprofit’s mission.

Goodwill collects and sells donated items in more than 35 stores in 22 counties in central and southeastern Pennsylvania to help people with disabilities and other barriers become more independent and connected to community.

Many of Goodwill’s programs and services focus on job training and supportive services for employment. We believe work has the power to transform lives and build community.

In fact, Goodwill is the only nonprofit company to make Forbes Magazine’s list top 25 list of most inspirational companies.

If you receive this chain email, delete it and gently remind the person to check their facts before they spread urban myths. Just because you read it on the Internet or received it in your in box doesn’t mean it’s true.