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Setting The Record Straight: Debunking False Internet Rumors

When you get the facts, you’ll rest assured knowing your donation supports a worthy cause.

An old email or social media post titled “Think Before You Donate” has circulated for years, making false claims about a number of nonprofits, including Goodwill. We want you to donate with confidence that your gifts are used wisely (after all, we’re all about thrift). Allow us to dispel the rumors and help you be an informed donor.

The email falsely claims that Mark Curran is the president and “owner” of Goodwill. In reality, Goodwill has no owner. Goodwill is a network of 162 autonomous, IRS-designated non-profit organizations governed by local, volunteer Boards of Directors. Goodwill Industries International operates as an association to support the independent Goodwills and is headed by Jim Gibbons, CEO since 2008. Goodwill International is governed by a volunteer board, too.

No one named Mark Curran has ever headed a Goodwill organization. Goodwill Industries of Central and Coastal Virginia is led by President & CEO Charles D. Layman, who has been with Goodwill for 48 years and with our Goodwill for 34 years.

Goodwill ranked #1 in 2016 and 2017 on Enso’s World Value Index — We are honored that people recognize Goodwill’s purpose of serving others, and we are grateful for your support.

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To address other issues in this urban legend, please note the following facts about Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia:

•Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia has operated since 1923 and is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
•More than 84 cents of every dollar earned by Goodwill supports its life-changing mission.
CharityWatch, an independent national organization that evaluates philanthropic organizations, gives Goodwill an “A” rating – one of the highest in the country.
•The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance has accredited Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia for its high standards of accountability to donors.
•Goodwill maintains a Silver Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.
•Donations to Goodwill support our mission of providing job training and career development services to individuals with obstacles to employment.
•As a nonprofit, Goodwill is “owned” by the communities it serves and is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteers from throughout its 39-county service area.
•Goodwill helped place more than 3,900 individuals into jobs in 2016, and serves more than 17,000 individuals annually.

Goodwill Industries International has also issued a response to the rumors, which can be found here.

At Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, we believe everyone should make informed decisions as to which nonprofit organizations they donate. Rest assured that your donations to Goodwill help empower individuals through employment. We invite you attend one of our monthly GoodwillWorks tours to learn more about Goodwill’s mission.