5 Things You Need To Know

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.

#2. This is Karla Grazier, our 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 President and CEO, Karla Grazier is responsible and accountable for the effectiveness of the organization. Ms. Grazier is also the President and CEO of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado. The two Goodwill organizations in Colorado recently finalized a merger which will allow Goodwill to better serve more people across our state. Learn more about the merger here. Ms. Grazier divides her time between both administrative campuses in Denver and Colorado Springs. She oversees 2,800+ employees, more than 70 locations, and is accountable for ensuring that one of Colorado's largest nonprofits is able to fulfill its mission now and in the future. 

The combined Board of Directors for both Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado and Goodwill Industries of Denver reviews and sets Karla'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 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 all 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. For example, Goodwill Industries of Denver serves the Denver metro area and northern Colorado; Goodwill of Orange County serves individuals in Orange County, California; and Goodwill New York New Jersey serves the metropolitan area and surrounding communities of New York City. 

#5. You may know someone we have helped.

We serve nearly tens of thousands of Coloradans in need annually. You may know one of the nearly 13,000 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.