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I worked as a low-level manager for two Goodwill thrift stores then one Idaho Youth Ranch thrift store. They do not qualify among the well-run places I’ve worked. Treatment of employees, working conditions and so much more frustrated me into retirement. Today I received an e-mail that most certainly reinforces my personal experiences.

Think Before You Donate – A good reminder with the holiday giving season ahead.


The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans’ salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses

MARCH OF DIMES is called the March of Dimes because only a dime for every 1 dollar is given to the needy.

The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE. Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

GOODWILL CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year. Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business. You donate to his business and then he sells the items for PROFIT. He pays nothing for his products and pays his workers minimum wage! Nice Guy. $0.00 goes to help anyone! Stop giving to this man.

Instead, give it to ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

As active volunteer worker and 1st Vice President of the Kuna Lions club, I can attest to the quality of this first one:

Lions Club International 100% OF DONATIONS GO TO HELP THE BLIND,BUY HEARING AIDES, SUPPORT MEDICAL MISSIONSAROUND THE WORLD. THEIR LATEST UNDERTAKING IS MEASLES VACCINATIONS (ONLY $1.00 PER SHOT).

The Salvation Army Commissioner, Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.
96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.

The American Legion National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary.
Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!

Make a Wish: For children’s last wishes. 100% goes to funding trips or special wishes for a dying child.

St.. Jude Research Hospital 100% goes towards funding and helping Children with Cancer who have no insurance and can not afford to pay.

Ronald McDonald Houses All monies go to running the houses for parentswho have critical Children in the hospital. 100% goes to housing, and feeding the families.