Feel good about supporting Goodwill Denver
People in our community occasionally receive a bogus email or social media post titled "Think Before You Donate" that contains false information about a number of nonprofits, including Goodwill. This careless, reckless, and false information has been making the rounds for years. We know that you want your donations to be used wisely, so Goodwill Denver would like to provide you with correct information to use while responding to these rumors. Goodwill definitely encourages you to “think before you donate” — the one legitimate message that this otherwise spurious email contains — and to research and learn more about the charities you’d like to support. Fact check your sources on Snopes, and review our audited financial information and Annual Report here.
The rumor began circulating in 2005 with false information about several charities attempting to deter potential donors from making financial gifts. It tends to recirculate around the holidays when many people are planning their year-end giving. Goodwill is listed in the email next to a fictional CEO, Mark Curran, who allegedly makes $2.3 million a year. This is not true, and we want to correct any perception that our CEO makes millions of dollars. He doesn't.
Here are the facts:
Richard Hettlinger is the Interim President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver. Richard took over for Stuart Davie in July of 2018 when Stuart began his retirement. Learn more about Richard and our Board of Directors here. You can research all of Goodwill Denver's financials—including Richard's and Stuart's salary—on our 990 forms here.
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