%3Cdiv+class%3D%22article-body%22%3E%0A%3Cp%3E%3Cimg+alt%3D%22%22+src%3D%22%2FUserFiles%2FImage%2Fthink-donate%281%29.jpg%22+style%3D%22width%3A+709px%3B+height%3A+384px%3B%22+%2F%3E%3C%2Fp%3E%0A%0A%3Cp%3EDuring+the+giving+season%2C+negative+rumors+resurface+in+the+form+of+a+nearly+ten-year-old+email+that+includes+a+variation+of+a+message+like+this%3A+%26ldquo%3BThink+about+these+before+you+donate.+As+you+open+your+pockets+to+do+a+good+thing+and+make+yourself+feel+good%2C+please+keep+these+facts+in+mind%26hellip%3B%26rdquo%3B%3C%2Fp%3E%0A%0A%3Cp%3EThe+message+then+quotes+erroneous+information+and+salary+figures+for+several+nonprofit+organizations%26rsquo%3B+chief+executives%2C+including+a+reference+to+a+so-called+%26ldquo%3BGoodwill+CEO+and+Owner+Mark+Curran%2C+who+profits+%242.3+million+a+year.%26rdquo%3B%26nbsp%3B%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fp%3E%0A%0A%3Cp%3E%3Cstrong%3EThis+information+is+not+true.%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fp%3E%0A%0A%3Cul%3E%0A%09%3Cli%3EJim+Gibbons+is+the+CEO+of+Goodwill+Industries+International.%26nbsp%3B+Michael+Smith+is+the+President%2FCEO+of+Goodwill+of+Southwestern+Pennsylvania.%3Cbr+%2F%3E%0A%09%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fli%3E%0A%09%3Cli%3EGoodwill%26reg%3B+has+a+more+than+110+year-plus+track+record+in+providing+services+that+meet+critical+human+needs+in+local+communities+in+the+U.S.%2C+Canada%2C+and+13+other+countries.+Goodwill+SWPA+has+been+serving+people+since+1919.%3Cbr+%2F%3E%0A%09%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fli%3E%0A%09%3Cli%3ENationally+and+locally%2C+Goodwill+is+a+leading+social+services+enterprise%2C+and+consistently+ranks+among+top+charities+that+make+your+donations+go+further.+Last+year%2C+Goodwill+SWPA+placed+870%26nbsp%3Bindividuals+in+unsubsized+employerment+creating+over%26nbsp%3B%242.1+million+in+economic+impact+for+Pennsylvania.%3Cbr+%2F%3E%0A%09%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fli%3E%0A%09%3Cli%3EBecause+Goodwill+is+widely+known+and+respected+as+a+network+of+nonprofits+that+fund+job+training+and+employment+services+through+the+sales+of+donated+items+in+Goodwill+stores%2C+we+sometimes+stand+in+the+line+of+fire+from+individuals+and+organizations+who+are+misinformed+and%2For+misrepresent+us+to+the+public.%3Cbr+%2F%3E%0A%09%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fli%3E%0A%09%3Cli%3EAcross+the+country%2C+Goodwills+spend+about+82+cents+of+every+dollar+on+programs+and+services+for+people+in+need.%26nbsp%3B+Goodwill+SWPA+is+proud+to+report+that+this+number+is+90+cents+of+every+dollar.%26nbsp%3B+This+is+a+very+healthy+number+in+the+nonprofit+world%2C+and+a+solid+indicator+of+our+commitment+to+good+stewardship+of+your+donations.%3C%2Fli%3E%0A%3C%2Ful%3E%0A%0A%3Cp%3EGoodwill+definitely+encourages+you+to+%26ldquo%3Bthink+before+you+donate%26rdquo%3B+%26mdash%3B+the+one+legitimate+message+that+this+otherwise+spurious+email+contains+%26mdash%3B+and+to+research+and+learn+more+about+the+charities+you%26rsquo%3Bd+like+to+support.%26nbsp%3B+Be+certain+the+organization+you+choose+uses+its+revenue+for+charitable+purposes+that+support+a+mission+you+can+get+behind.%3C%2Fp%3E%0A%0A%3Cp%3E%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.snopes.com%2Fpolitics%2Fbusiness%2Fcharities.asp%22%3EThis+email+message+has+been+debunked+on+Snopes.com.+Click+here+to+read+the+report.%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fp%3E%0A%0A%3Cp%3EFinancial+information+is+available+in+our+Annual+Reports%2C+the+most+recent+of+which+can+be+found+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodwillswpa.org%2FUserFiles%2FFile%2Fgoodwill_annual2016_WEB.pdf%22%3Ehere%3C%2Fa%3E.+Previous+years+can+be+found+%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.goodwillswpa.org%2Fpublications%22%3Eon+our+website%3C%2Fa%3E.%26nbsp%3B%3C%2Fp%3E%0A%0A%3Cp%3E%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.guidestar.org%2Forganizations%2F25-1098928%2Fgoodwill-southwestern-pennsylvania.aspx%22+target%3D%22_blank%22%3EPlease+review+Goodwill%26rsquo%3Bs+financial+information+on+GuideStar%2C+an+online+nonprofit+database+that+has+certified+us+with+the+GuideStar+Exchange+Seal+for+our+commitment+to+transparency.%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fp%3E%0A%3C%2Fdiv%3E%0A

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