Goodwill helps community; salary claims false

Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan is grateful to all the people who donate their gently used items, including clothing and household goods, so that we can provide jobs, employment training programs and social services to help our neighbors overcome barriers to independence. We are pleased to join the Alpena community and whether you choose to donate to Goodwill or another worthy cause, however, we strongly urge you to take a moment to educate yourself about the charities you support.

Goodwill offers this reminder in response to a recent inaccurate letter to the editor and spam emails spreading false information about charitable organizations, including Goodwill. Among other things, the editorial and email claims that a Goodwill CEO and owner makes $2.3 million a year. This is false; the person named has no connection to Goodwill, and Goodwill Industries International’s president and CEO does not earn such a large salary.

At Goodwill, we spend about 91 cents of every dollar community-based services for people with disabilities and disadvantages and providing employment and job training programs. This is a solid indicator of our commitment to the good stewardship of your donations. We have a 40-year track record of providing services that meet critical human needs in Northern Michigan. Goodwill is a leading social services enterprise, and consistently ranked among top charities that make your donations go further. ??Goodwill encourages you to “think before you donate” – the one legitimate message that this otherwise spurious letter to the editor and email contains – and to research and learn more about the charities you support. Be certain the organization you choose uses its revenue for charitable purposes in support of a mission you are passionate about.

To learn more about Goodwill, please visit our website at or call 231-995-7737.

Cecil McNally

Executive Director

Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan