Goodwill urges donors to give to legitimate charities
Goodwill Industries is reminding donors to consider carefully the manner in which they donate used clothing and other household items this holiday season.
It is important that donors make an informed choice and know to whom they are giving.
“All too often people want to quickly clear out the things they can no longer use, and simply drop their unwanted items at the nearest collection box,” says David Lifsey, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. “People typically assume they are making a charitable donation, but that is not always the case.”
Donors can make sure their donations are benefiting the people who need them most by asking the organization a few questions:
• Will my donation be used to support a cause I believe in?
• What percentage of the revenues generated by my donation will directly support the mission of the organization?
• If the collection bin is owned by a for-profit organization, how will my donation help people in need?
“Give to charities you know and trust,” says Lifsey. “Fraudulent charities often modify the names of established groups, so be sure to read carefully the name of the charity before giving. And avoid donating to organizations that can’t immediately provide you with information about the causes they are asking you to support.”
Donations to Goodwill are sold in Goodwill stores and the proceeds fund job training programs that have benefited over 7,000 people in Middle and West Tennessee this year. When someone is having a hard time finding a job — because of a disability, poverty or lack of education and work experience — Goodwill is there to help.
“At Goodwill, we want people to give as much thought to where they donate their clothes as they would to where they donate their money,” says Lifsey. “Every donation to Goodwill is an investment in the economic energy of your community.”
Published in The Messenger 12.21.07