1. 90 Cents of Every Dollar We Spend Goes Back into Our Mission
Many charities spend a high percentage of their income on fundraising. We don’t. The majority of our revenue comes from the sale of donated goods in our thrift stores, Goodwill really is a community-supported organization.
We spend 90 cents of every dollar on our mission – providing jobs, training and services to those with barriers to employment. We reinvest back in our community and because we run autonomously from other Goodwills in the nation, we are able to provide programs and services that are most relevant to our community. For example, southern Arizona has a high number of out-of-school youth – youth who have not completed high school, have their GED and are in need of real world work experience. We built and expanded our youth services to 5 programs in the past 5 years! Learn more about your Youth Programs by clicking here.
2. This Year, We Helped Someone You Know
From our career fairs, youth mentoring, to resume writing and interviewing skills workshops or job placements, Goodwill of Southern Arizona helps your friends and neighbors get back to work. Last year, Goodwill provided career skills and placement services for over 10,ooo southern Arizonans including over 1,400 youth/young adults in our community.
Our region extends from Casa Grande, the greater Tucson area, south to the Nogales international border, and Sierra Vista. We operate 5 youth programs and 5 adult programs throughout southern Arizona.
Meet some of the people we were able to assist by watching the videos posted on each Program’s webpage on this site. Learn more about our Programs and Services.
3. Goodwill of Southern Arizona employees earn more than just a wage.
Goodwill of Southern Arizona supports over 500 full-time jobs. As with any organization, there are also many types of jobs where wages range from minimum wage to salaried professionals. After 1 year of employment, our average hourly wage is $11.24 (includes benefits), that is much higher than Arizona’s minimum wage.*
Many of our employees are eligible for raises after only 90 days on the job and are provided annual performance reviews which could lead to a pay increase.
Full-time employee benefits start almost right away. On day one, employees can participate in a retirement plan, accrue paid days off and sick leave and have access to our Employee Development Program (EDP). The EDP helps employees get their GED (when earned, an employee gets a $500 incentive), explore other educational opportunities so they can either move up in the organization or pursue another career field outside of Goodwill – all while earning a full-time wage. After 60 days, medical, dental and vision benefits kick in. Learn more about our Employee Benefits.
One more thing, Goodwill was recently named one of the country’s “20 Most Inspiring Companies” by Forbes Magazine.
Learn more about our Employee Benefits.
*Minimum wage to increase Jan 2017.
4. Our Stores Support Mission Services
Many people think our thrift stores are places that sell used items to people with low incomes. While we are happy we can provide affordable goods, our thrift stores do so much more! The revenue from our thrift stores supports the many programs and services we provide in our community.
To support our mission, we must be a well-run retail operation. Goodwill of Southern Arizona operates 17 retail thrift stores, 1 GoodThreads Boutique, 2 Outlets, and we sell online at ShopGoodwill.com all of which benefit our career services.
In fact, it’s not just our thrift stores that support our mission services. It’s also because of YOUR support that we are able to accomplish what we do. Learn more in our 2015-2016 Annual Report.
5. Meet Liz Gulick and Lisa Allen, our Co-Presidents/CEOs
Like other non-profits, Goodwill of Southern Arizona is managed by respected business leaders and a volunteer Board of Directors which provides guidance. Goodwill isn’t “owned” by anyone.
Because of the complexity of Goodwill of Southern Arizona’s operations, the board decided that a two-CEO structure would benefit the organization because of each person’s field of expertise.
Co-President/CEO, Liz Gulick, has been with our organization since 2009 and oversees the Workforce Development programs and Marketing divisions. Co-President/CEO, Lisa Allen has over 15 years of experience with Goodwill Industries, having been with Southern Arizona since 2007. Lisa oversees the Retail and Operations divisions of the organization. Goodwill will not be filling the Vice President of Workforce Development & Marketing or the COO positions which were left vacant when Liz Gulick and Lisa Allen were appointed co-President/CEO. See Corporate Leadership.
Are they making millions of dollars a year? No. Liz drives a Jeep and Lisa drives a Nissan. However, they are fairly compensated as individuals with a great deal of experience and the responsibility of managing approx. 500 employees and ensuring Goodwill of Southern Arizona fulfills its mission. With advice from a third party compensation consultant, the Board of Directors sets the salary and compensations for our organization’s executives.
By the way, there has never been a Mark Curran associated with any Goodwill. Jim Gibbons is the CEO of Goodwill Industries International. Learn more about him.
If you’ve seen rumors on your social media feed, please know that Snopes investigated those rumors. Please read their full article and decide for yourself. If you would like to learn more about our organization, please also feel free to contact us and schedule a meeting or tour at (520) 623-5174.