Debunking Online Rumors

As Goodwill is a widely known charitable entity, a fair amount of misinformation and misrepresentation exists about it. In particular, there are two rumors that have been circulating for nearly 15 years that say that Goodwill sells all donated items for profit and that Goodwill is owned by a man named “Mark Curran.”  First and foremost, we would like to emphasize that Goodwill and all of its locations are strictly nonprofit. As a nonprofit, Goodwill works to further a social cause and provides a public benefit. Second, no man by the name of “Mark Curran” has ever been associated with the organization. Both of these rumors are bad faith attempts at delegitimizing Goodwill and the good work we do.

So what is the truth about Goodwill? To start, Goodwill maintains a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar – one of the organization’s highest ratings. Additionally, while each Goodwill location operates independently , all of them ensure that the majority of every dollar earned supports Goodwill’s work within the community. We make sure 88 cents from every dollar earned supports our mission. 

All donations that we receive go toward funding our programs and services, and we use them to help individuals facing barriers to employment overcome them. We are also a key player in assisting individuals with disabilities in our community by helping them participate in enrichment and community activities for their benefit as well as helping them find employment. Since 2008, our programs have helped over 10,000 program participants with obtaining over 3,000 jobs in our community.

All of Goodwill of Southern New England’s innovative employment services and programs depend on the financial support of our community. With your help, we can change lives for many individuals in need by donating to Goodwill of Southern New England. Your generous gift will help support our mission to help those in need to build a better life, one step at a time.