Feel good about supporting Goodwill of Southern New England

People in our community occasionally receive an email or social media post titled “Think Before You Donate” that contains false information about a number of nonprofits, including Goodwill. This careless, and false information has been making the rounds for years. We know that you want your donations to be used wisely, so Goodwill of Southern New England would like to provide you with the correct information… Goodwill definitely encourages you to “think before you donate” and to research and learn more about the charities you’d like to support. Fact check your sources on Snopes and review our Annual Report here.

Think Before You Donate — Get the facts about online rumors!

The rumor began circulating in 2005 with false information about several charities attempting to deter potential donors from making financial gifts. It tends to recirculate around the holidays when many people are planning their year-end giving. Goodwill is listed in the email next to a fictional CEO, Mark Curran, who allegedly makes $2.3 million a year. This is not true, and Mark Curran doesn’t even exist. We want to correct any perception that our President makes millions of dollars. He doesn’t.

Here are the facts:

    • Rich Borher is the President of Goodwill of Southen New England
    • Goodwill of Southern New England (formerly Easter Seals Goodwill Industries) has operated since 1969 and is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    • Approximately 85 cents of every dollar earned supports the mission.
    • Goodwill maintains a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.
    • Donations to Goodwill support our mission of providing funding for our programs and services 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 2008, we have served over 10,000 individuals in our programs, and assisted participants with obtaining over 3,000 jobs.