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TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY

GOODWILL FAQs

As an organization that receives generous gifts in the form of donated goods, in kind services and cash donations, we believe transparency and accountability are very important. And, you like many others, may have a few questions or even read online some false Internet rumors about charitable organizations like ours. Unfortunately, you just can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Following are answers to common questions and some misconceptions that we hope will make you feel confident in your choice to donate, shop, partner or seek help from Goodwill of Southern Nevada. 

Some thrift stores are for profit companies, but we are not one of them.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada is a highly rated non-profit by unbiased third-party evaluators GuideStar and Charity Navigator. Learn more about Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s ranking on GuideStar and Charity Navigator

Goodwill of Southern Nevada believes a job is a systemic solution to poverty in our community. 

Even at today’s low unemployment rate (+/- 5%), 1 in 20 Southern Nevadans remain out of work. These are the hardest to place individuals who are willing and capable of working, but simply need someone to help them overcome their barriers to employment.  We help these people succeed in finding work. We do it because we believe jobs provide a systemic solution to poverty and the associated family instability, hunger, homelessness, addiction, crime and more. In 2016, over 14,000 job seekers sought help from Goodwill. Thanks to help from the public, the hard work and dedication of our staff and our employer partners, Goodwill placed more than 3,000 job seekers into jobs in 2016. 

The money stays in Southern Nevada to benefit Southern Nevadans.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada transforms your donated goods into funds for workforce development programs through retail store and online sales as well as generous monetary donations from caring Southern Nevadans. More than 90 cents of every dollar earned goes back into Goodwill programs in Southern Nevada and directly benefits the unemployed and underemployed in our community.  If you are interested in reviewing our financials, you will find them here.

Operating Goodwill retail stores makes a major difference. 

Goodwill’s leading social enterprise is a major difference maker in the world of non-profits. Because the revenue generated by collecting donated goods and selling those goods at retail stores covers overhead costs, 100 percent of financial contributions go directly to funding job training and placement services. 

Goodwill of Southern Nevada is not owned by one individual or or group of investors.

As a registered non-profit we are held accountable by a 100% volunteer Board of Directors comprised of business leaders, civic leaders and members of the Southern Nevada community. To maintain our non-profit status, we must consistently meet the standards set forth by Goodwill Industries International, the State of Nevada, Clark County and the city jurisdictions within which we operate.

We are proud to be part of a global network of Goodwill’s.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada is one of more than 163 Goodwill’s around the globe. While we all operate independently to meet the unique needs of our local community, we are all governed by the standards set forth by Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill industries International’s CEO is Mr. Jim Gibbons, not Mark Curran as is cited in false Internet rumors.

You can help be an advocate for Goodwill of Southern Nevada.

When you hear or read false Internet rumors please help set the record straight. You can join the Goodwill conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

GOODWILL SUCCESS STORIES

Don’t just take our word for it. Watch these Goodwill success stories to learn how Goodwill helps locals overcome barriers to employment. These stories will move you.