Get Goodwill Facts

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Poet Jonathan Swift once said, “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it…”

This expression reflects the challenge we face correcting misinformation that persists through social media, emails and a variety of websites. In spite of our best efforts to provide truthful, accurate information about our organization, we do not expect this misinformation to go away, so we have created this page to simply provide the facts.

One persistent rumor goes something like this:

“Think about these before you donate. As you open your pockets to do a good thing and make yourself feel good, please keep these facts in mind…”

The message then quotes erroneous information and salary figures for several nonprofit organizations’ chief executives, including a reference to a so-called “Goodwill CEO and Owner Mark Curran, who profits $2.3 million a year.” This information is simply untrue.

The Truth

As nonprofit organizations, neither Goodwill Industries International nor Goodwill of the Heartland are “owned” by anyone.

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Jim Gibbons, not Mark Curran, is the actual CEO of Goodwill Industries International and reports to a volunteer Board of Directors. Mr. Gibbons compensation is only a fraction of the amount reported. In addition, Goodwill is regarded as one of the most trustworthy non-profits in the United States.

CW_TopRated_RGB_WEB_120px…but don’t take our word for it. See for yourself by visiting the popular fact checking website at Snopes.com.  You can also review why Charity Watch gives Goodwill an “A” grade as a Charity Watch “Top Rated” organization for Governance & Transparency.

Furthermore, Goodwill organizations are managed at the local level. This means that employee compensation is determined by a local board of directors that are comprised of members within our community. At Goodwill of the Heartland, we believe in complete transparency regarding our finances. Our executive compensation reflects our annual revenues, the number of services we provide, and overall impact we have helping our community.

Here are some other things we think you should know about Goodwill of the Heartland:

  • Our employees earn more than the minimum wage
    In fact, the average wage paid to our hourly workers is $13.95/hour.
  • We’ve probably helped someone you know
    From job training to job placement, we have a variety of services that help find jobs for people who struggle with a wide range of personal barriers. Including (but not limited to): homeless military veterans, people who face physical or emotional barriers, and high school students looking for their first work experience.
  • While our stores help fund our mission, they don’t come close to covering all the work we do as a non-profit organization
    Many people are under the impression income from our stores pays for everything we do. Unfortunately, the need for our services always exceeds our capacity to pay for the programs we provide. Last year, our stores provided 70% of the revenue needed to fund our programs.
  • At Goodwill of the Heartland, 90 cents of every dollar goes directly back into our mission
    A percentage far higher than most non-profit organizations. This ratio reflects the high priority we place on improving the lives of those who need our help.
  • Goodwill has been honored by Forbes Magazine as America’s 25 Most Inspiring Companies
    This honor is one of many reasons we think Goodwill is a great place to work. If you want to work for a great organization, we are hiring!  Apply at workatgoodwill.com.
  • We make a full disclosure on our website of all our financial information, including our CEO compensation, in our IRS Form 990 and Annual Report.

Thank you for taking the time to share this information when you encounter these rumors. Doing so helps us continue our mission to help advance the social and economic well-being of people who experience barriers to independence

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Stores

Bettendorf

Phone: (563) 484-3745

Burlington

Phone: (319) 208-0290

Cedar Rapids East

Phone: (319) 739-5055

Cedar Rapids South

Phone: (319) 739-5080

Cedar Rapids West

Phone: (319) 739-5044

Clinton

Phone: (563) 484-3744

Coralville

Phone: (319) 248-4729

Davenport

Phone: (563) 484-3732

Fairfield

Phone: (641) 472-7529

Geneseo

Phone: (563) 484-3765

Iowa City

Phone: (319) 248-4705

Keokuk

Phone: (319) 524-2525

Marion

Phone: (319) 739-5045

Moline

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Muscatine

Phone: (563) 484-3731

Rock Island

Phone: (563) 484-3733

shopgoodwill.com

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Washington

Phone: (563) 484-3747

Donation Bins

Cedar Rapids

City Carton Recycling

Cedar Rapids

Oakland Rd. Hy-Vee Gas

Cedar Rapids NE

Hy-Vee Edgewood Road

Cedar Rapids NE

Goodwill SKILLS Day Habilitation

Cedar Rapids

Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee

Coralville

Quality Care Storage

CR East Store

Council St. NE

CR South Store

Mt. Vernon Rd.

Iowa City

City Carton Recycling

Iowa City

Goodwill Center

Marion

Marion Goodwill

Marion

Hy-Vee Drugstore

Marion

Linn County Solid Waste

Marion

Eagle Ridge

Mount Vernon

Gary’s Foods

North Liberty

Quality Care Storage

Tiffin

Quality Care Storage

Service Centers

Burlington

Phone: (319) 208-0285

Cedar Rapids

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Clinton

Phone: (563) 484-3744

Iowa City

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Muscatine

Phone: (563) 263-2826

Quad Cities

Phone: (866) 466-7881

Career Centers

Moline

Phone: (563) 484-3757

Muscatine

Phone: (563) 484-3766

Day Habilitation

Burlington

Phone: (319) 208-0288

Cedar Rapids

Phone: (319) 739-5047

Clinton

Phone: (563) 484-3708

Iowa City

Phone: (319) 248-1727

Quad Cities

Phone: (563) 484-3737