Think Before You Donate

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania and North Central West Virginia is proud to be recognized by GuideStar, an online nonprofit database that has certified us with the Platinum Seal of Approval, the highest possible rating possible, for our commitment to transparency. View Goodwill’s financial information on GuideStar here.


Get the Fact About Online Rumors!

There is no shortage of misinformation that can be read online – and that includes misinformation about Goodwill. We want to make sure you have the correct facts about our organization, mission, people, and services so you can donate and shop with confidence.

As one of the largest and most diverse social and human service organizations in the region, Goodwill serves thousands of people each year and helps thousands of individuals find jobs. We provide a broad array of employment-related education and workforce development services for people with special needs and barriers to employment.

As a nonprofit, Goodwill does not have an owner and is run by a volunteer board of directors. Michael Smith is the current President/CEO of Goodwill Southwestern Pennsylvania and North Central West Virginia.

We want you to be assured that your donations are being used wisely, so here are the facts about Goodwill:

  • Over 90 cents of every dollar earned is spent on Goodwill’s programs and services to help people in need.
  • Goodwill has a more than 110 year-plus track record in providing services that meet critical human needs in local communities in the U.S., Canada, and 13 other countries. Goodwill SWPA has been serving people since 1919.
  • Goodwill has over 50 programs and services that help people overcome barriers to employment, including individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, displaced workers, participants in welfare-to-work programs, people who are homeless, have limited work experience or education, job skills or training, veterans, youth and older workers, and people with criminal backgrounds.
  • Last year, Goodwill kept over 15 million pounds of material out of landfills and saved 1.7 billion gallons of water through recycling.

Goodwill encourages you to think before you donate and to research and learn more about the charities you’d like to support.  Be certain the organization you choose uses its revenue for charitable purposes that support a mission you can get behind.


We invite you to view Goodwill’s financial information in our Annual Reports, which can be found on our website.

Our tax forms are available to the public on the IRS website, using our EIN number 25-1098928.

Previous misinformation about Goodwill has been debunked on Click here to read the report.

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