ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill Industries International reached the Gold-level of participation in the GuideStar Exchange for its demonstrated commitment to transparency. GuideStar USA, the premier source of nonprofit information, collects, organizes and publishes information on the programs, finances, and impact of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Gold is the most elite level of the organization's transparency program, GuideStar Exchange.
GuideStar's Exchange program is designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. The program's gold, silver and bronze participation levels are structured to recognize nonprofits based on the amount of information they share with the public. To qualify for the Gold, Goodwill Industries International provided Guidestar an audited financial report and extensive information about its operations, and completed the Charting Impact report, which includes concise, detailed information about Goodwill's plans and progress on key initiatives in order to demonstrate the difference the organization is making in communities across North America.
"Goodwill® has worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work to our community," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Through the GuideStar Exchange, we are able to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work with our supporters as well as with GuideStar's impressive user base of nonprofits, grant makers, individual donors and the media."
Of the nation's more than 1.8 million nonprofit organizations, just more than 3,000 have received GuideStar's Gold level of recognition.
"Like GuideStar, we believe that improving our financial health, providing full disclosure of financial and program information, and demonstrating the profound impact our work is having in communities is critical to earning the ongoing trust of our supporters," said Gibbons.
About Goodwill Industries International
Goodwill Industries International is a network of 165 community-based agencies in the United States and Canada with a presence in 14 other countries. Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in 3,000 stores and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Goodwill also builds revenue and creates jobs by contracting with businesses and government agencies to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food service preparation, and document imaging and shredding. In 2013, more than 9.8 million people in the United States and Canada benefited from Goodwill's career services. Goodwill channels 83 percent of its revenues directly into its programs and services.
To find a Goodwill location near you, use the online locator at www.goodwill.org, or call (800) GOODWILL. Follow us on Twitter: @GoodwillIntl and@GoodwillCapHill, and find us on Facebook: GoodwillIntl.
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