5 Facts about Goodwill Industries of Denver
#1. We are a nonprofit organization. Our retail stores support our career development programs.
Many people know us for our thrift stores across the Denver metro area and northern Colorado. We resell items donated to us from the community at discounted prices to serve low-income families, but this is not the sole reason we exist. Goodwill retail stores help fund career development programs for at-risk students, adults with barriers to employment, and individuals with disabilities.
Goodwill Industries of Denver is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our thrift stores support our mission to help Coloradans in need achieve self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope through the Power of Work. We are an accredited charity with the BBB, we have a Silver rating on GuideStar, and we have a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator—the highest you can get.
#2. This is Richard Hettlinger, our Interim President and CEO.
Like other nonprofits, Goodwill Denver is led by respected business leaders and a volunteer board of directors which provides guidance and oversight. Goodwill isn't "owned" by anyone. As our Interim CEO, Richard Hettlinger is responsible and accountable for the effectiveness of the organization. He manages 1,500+ employees, more than 50 locations, and is accountable for ensuring that one of Colorado's largest nonprofits is able to fulfill its mission now and in the future. Richard took over as Interim President and CEO in July of 2018 when our former CEO, Stuart Davie, began his retirement. You can learn more about Richard here.
The Board of Directors reviews and sets Richard's salary within the context of the organization's revenues, service to people, and overall impact on our community. Know your source and get the facts before you succumb to false internet rumors.
#3. Our employees earn minimum wage or higher.
All of Goodwill Denver's 1,500+ employees earn minimum wage or better. We do not use the Special Sub-minimum Wage Certificate that provides employment support to people with severe disabilities. Today, more and more Goodwill organizations across the country are exploring alternatives to the certificate by creating innovative opportunities for individuals who formerly worked under the certificate.
As a CARF accredited agency, Goodwill programs provide services and support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so they may exercise their right to participate in the life of the community. Regardless of ability, Goodwill believes that everyone deserves the right to live, learn, play, and work in the community with dignity, choices, opportunities, and responsibilities. Learn more about these work opportunities here.
#4. We are an independent organization.
Goodwill Industries of Denver is one of more than 160 independent members of Goodwill Industries International, including organizations now in China, the Netherlands, and Canada. Each is independently operated and funded. Member agencies must adhere to professional, financial, legal, and branding guidelines set forth by Goodwill Industries International.
While we have similar missions, each Goodwill is unique in the programs it offers and how it operates its business because each of the communities we serve are unique. Goodwill Industries of Denver serves the Denver metro area and northern Colorado. Discover My Goodwill serves southern and western Colorado.
#5. You may know someone we have helped.
We serve nearly 27,000 Coloradans in need annually. You may know one of the nearly 16,000 students who we've helped get on a path to success, or one of the 10,500+ adults we've helped to advance their careers, or maybe you're familiar with one of the 1,500+ Goodwill Denver employees, 54% of which report having a disability or disadvantaging condition.