Goodwill® encourages people to donate their unwanted items, but it’s important that they double-check that their donations are going to legitimate charities. Donors should check with their state attorney general or secretary of state’s office, or with a charity-rating agency such as the Better Business Bureau or Charity Watch.
For-profit thrift stores sometimes arrange to use a charity’s name to collect donations in exchange for a flat fee or a percentage of the revenue. Often this deal is not generally publicized, and the percentage that charity actually makes may be less than 5 cents for every dollar spent. Make your donations wisely!
More than eighty-two percent of the revenue from the sale of donated goods to Goodwill is used to fund job training and community-based programs, such as child care, financial education, youth mentoring and transportation, for people with disabilities and disadvantages. This includes people with a lack of education or job experience, veterans and military families, seniors, youth, people with a criminal background, or anyone facing challenges to finding employment.
Goodwill retail stores help fund a great cause — helping people build skills, find a job and grow their careers!
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