Our Response to False Rumors about Goodwill:
Goodwill is a leading social services enterprise, and consistently ranks among the nation’s top charities.
To address other issues in this urban legend, please note the following facts about Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids:
- Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids has operated since 1966 and is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
- Approximately 92 cents of every dollar earned goes towards our mission which supports local communities.
- Goodwill maintains a Silver Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.
- Donations to Goodwill support our mission of providing job training and placement to individuals with barriers to employment.
- As a nonprofit, Goodwill is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteers from the communities we serve.
- Since 2011, we have served over 10,000 individuals in our career center, workshops, and programs, and assisted participants with obtaining over 4,000 jobs.
Goodwill Industries International has also issued a response to the rumors, which can be found here.
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