Donation Facts

"Think before you donate," and we think you'll donate to Goodwill

Individuals in our community occasionally receive an old email or social media post titled "Think Before You Donate" that contains false information about a number of nonprofits, including Goodwill. We know that you want your donations to be used wisely, so we'd like to provide you with correct information for responding to these rumors.

The email falsely claims a person named Mark Curran is the president and "owner" of Goodwill. Goodwill is a network of 180 world-wide autonomous non-profit charitable organizations governed by local volunteer boards of directors. Goodwill Industries International is an association office that supports the independent Goodwills and is headed by Steven C. Preston. Goodwill International is governed by a volunteer board composed primarily from local Goodwill membership, and as such does not have an "owner." Furthermore, no one by the name Mark Curran has ever headed a Goodwill organization in the country, including Goodwill Industries of West Michigan which is led by its President and CEO Jeanette Hoyer.

We would like to address some of the other issues raised in the email. Please note the following facts about Goodwill Industries of West Michigan:

  • Goodwill Industries of West Michigan is a registered, reputable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • As a nonprofit, Goodwill is "owned" by the communities it serves and is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteers from its 12-county service area.
  • Donations to Goodwill support our mission of providing job training and career development services, particularly to individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment.
  • Goodwill served 4,919 individuals in 2017, and helped place more than 1,328 individuals into competitive employment. 

Goodwill Industries International has also issued a response to the email rumors on their website.

At Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, we believe everyone should "think before you donate." When you do, you may rest assured that your generous donations to Goodwill help individuals find meaningful employment, thereby building lives, families and communities one career at a time.