1. Mark Curran is NOT the CEO of any Goodwill organization and he NEVER was.


Eric Schwarz is the President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. (Serving Northeast Ohio & Northwest Pennsylvania) and has been in his current position since June of 2014. Eric is fairly compensated for an individual who has a great deal of experience, the responsibility of managing more than 160 employees, and the responsibility of ensuring that a member organization of one of the largest non-profits in the U.S. is able to fulfill its mission now and in the future. Eric reports to our volunteer Board of Trustees. They hold him accountable for leading the organization and ensuring that Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. (Serving Northeast Ohio & Northwest Pennsylvania) is fulfilling its mission. Jim Gibbons is the President/CEO of Goodwill Industries International and reports to a volunteer Board of Directors.


2. Goodwill is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission services are funded by our stores.

Many people misled to believe that Goodwill is a "for profit" organization whose stores exist only to sell used items for low prices to people who are on limited incomes. While we are happy we can provide affordable goods, Goodwill is more than just a store. Our stores exist to support our mission to help people improve their quality of life through work and related services. When you buy goods in our stores, you are funding programs and services that teach job and life skills to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. While other great donated goods retail non-profits offer a handout, Goodwill is differentiated by offering a hand up.

3. 85¢ of every dollar we earn is used to fund our vocational programs and services.

When you shop in our stores or donate goods, 85¢ of each dollar earned supports our job-training and employment programs. This is a very healthy number in the nonprofit world and a solid indicator of our commitment to good stewardship of your donations. Our Goodwill offers more than 20 social programs and services in Northeast Ohio and Northwest Pennsylvania. The donated goods sold in our stores help support those vital programs.

4. Our Goodwill is an independent agency that operates autonomously from all other Goodwills.

Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. (Serving Northeast Ohio & Northwest Pennsylvania) is one of 163 independent members of Goodwill Industries International, including international agencies. Each agency is independently operated and funded. Member agencies must adhere to professional, financial, legal, and branding guidelines set forth by Goodwill Industries International. While we have similar missions, each Goodwill is unique in the programs it offers and how it operates its business, because each of the communities we serve is unique. Additionally, each of the 163 Goodwill independent organizations has their own Board of Directors/Trustees, a completely different CEO (Meaning there are 164 Goodwill CEO's including the CEO of Goodwill Industries International), a completely different executive staff, employees, etc. Every single one of those just named also possesses a completely different salary/wages, mostly dependent on the size of the Goodwill organization they are a part of.

5. You may know someone we have helped.

Most likely, Goodwill Industries of Ashtabula, Inc. (Serving Northeast Ohio & Northwest Pennsylvania) has helped someone you know or have met in your community. We’ve helped thousands of people:

• Search for a job and develop a résumé,
• Learn how to interview successfully for a job,
• Move off the streets and into permanent and stable housing,
• Develop skills for success in school or at work,
• Learn how to manage their finances,
• Secure regular, reliable employment.

5 KEY FACTS ABOUT GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF ASHTABULA, INC.