To the editor:
Just because you read "it" on the Internet or see "it" in an email, doesn't make it true. I'm writing this statement in regard to an email spreading false information about charitable organizations including Goodwill. This email is like a zombie. It's a dead issue that keeps rearing its ugly head.
Several variations of a hoax email called Think Before You Donate claim that Mark Curran is the CEO and owner of Goodwill raking in a whopping $2.3 million a year. That statement is about as real as a zombie.
We want to set the record straight - Mark Curran has never owned Goodwill or worked for Goodwill. Furthermore, Goodwill is a non-profit. No one owns it. Jim Gibbons is the CEO of Goodwill Industries International and Ron Kratofil is the President & CEO of Goodwill Keystone Area, which covers 22 Pennsylvania counties. Both report to separate volunteer boards of directors. And neither earns millions or anything close to it.
Goodwill collects and sells donated items to help people with disabilities and other barriers become more independent and connected to community. Many of the programs and services offered by Goodwill focus on job training and supportive services for employment. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives and build community.
Goodwill encourages you to "think before you donate" - which is the one legitimate message that this fabricated email contains. We advocate that you research and learn more about the charities that you support. Be certain the organization you choose uses its revenue for charitable purposes in support of a mission you are passionate about.
If you see this email, delete it. Please, don't feed the zombie.
Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Goodwill Keystone Area