Donation Facts

An email spreading false information about charitable organizations occasionally pops up and makes its way around the web, potentially misinforming donors and undermining support that is vital to the mission of Goodwill.

Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA is proud of its well-earned reputation in the communities it serves, and encourages people to educate themselves about the causes they support.

The Facts:

  • The 158 individual Goodwills in North America are autonomous charities and are not owned by any individual or company.
  • Goodwill Industries International is the member services association office serving members and protecting the brand. There is no one named Mark Curran associated with the Goodwill Industries International office or any autonomous member Goodwill.
  • Your local Goodwill of Middle Georgia and the CSRA – serving 31 counties in Georgia and 4 counties in South Carolina – is a 501c3 charity governed by a local volunteer board of directors.
  • According to CharityWatch, well-managed charities should devote at least 60 percent of overall revenues to charitable programs. Most highly efficient charities spend 75 percent on programs.
  • Some for-profit organizations operating thrift stores or donation bins contribute as little as five percent of overall revenues to charity. These companies may be tempted to look for ways to disparage their thrift store competition.
  • As a solid indicator of our commitment to the good stewardship of donations, and noted in our 2017 annual report, your Goodwill earned $40,192,069, and spent 86 cents of every dollar on job training programs and community-based services for people with disabilities and disadvantages.
  • CharityWatch, billed as America’s most independent, assertive charity watchdog, gives Goodwill an “A” rating – one of the highest in the country for a non-profit organization.
  • The Better Business Bureau has honored your Goodwill with multiple Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics in both the Middle Georgia and CSRA regions.
  • Goodwill is a leading social service enterprise and is consistently ranked among top charities that make donations go further.
  • In early March, Forbes Magazine named Goodwill to its list of 2019 Top 5 Most Innovative and Impactful Social Enterprises.