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Goodwill CEO Pay is $692,984!

Here's what the top five people at Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette make:
The top five highest paid employees for Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette make a combined total of $1,506,373 in salary and benefits.

Micheal Miller CEO: $692,984.
Richard Knox (Finance): $249,996
Peter Collins (operations): $219,826
Bob Barsocchini (HR): $179,216
Cheryl Folk (Voc Services): $165,351

There are several other employees making over $100,000 in salary and benefits as well. When you donate to them, please know that your donations are helping to keep several individuals of a non-profit organization very profitable, so much so that they are paid enough to be in the top 1% of wage earners. The average employee at Goodwill is hired on at $8.50 to $9.00 an hour and unlike the above people have poor health benefits and zero incentive programs available to them. There is no reason why one of the highest revenue Goodwill corporations in the world cannot pay employees a living wage other than to funnel more money to the top people. Many of the people above drive cars that cost more than the yearly salary they pay their average employee.

Their "job connection" program consists of little more than a referral to use Indeed.com or monster.com. GICW does do some good in the community but please be mindful that they do just as much bad by making the items they recieved for free too expensive for the poorest of our community to afford while at the same time supporting the ever widening gap between the rich and poor. Shame on you Goodwill!

goodwill is a business. you just now figured this out? 26.Jul.2011 10:58


yes, you donate clothes to goodwill and they are sorted, baled like hay, and shipped overseas, laundered by someone making 30 cents an hour, then sold in those countries.

some of the clothes are given to homeless here in America. those homeless have found its easier and cheaper to wear the clothes a few times, then throw them away and get new free ones that it is to pay $3 to wash them at the coin laundry.

So, you are just now figuring out that a CEO is a CEO is a CEO?

solidarity not w/dude 26.Jul.2011 12:16


Thanks (not) for being a "top hat smartass know it all" Mr. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _dude!
We all enjoy (not) your condescending comments, rather than support and encouragment.

Holy Paycheck 26.Jul.2011 12:51

Miss Broke

those wages are obscene

boycott till the CEO pay drops

wages over 1oo,ooo. is abusive

i am insulted to even know this

Dept. of Justice Office 26.Jul.2011 13:48


Call them and let them know this isn't acceptable. They regulate non profits

General phone number: (503) 378-4400

Give it some thought... 26.Jul.2011 14:45


Though I find it rather disgusting, and certainly 'big business, Goodwill (and others) perform a service to our society by_______________. (Fill in the blank.)

I look at it less as where the shit goes, (and those making money from where it goes and how it's handled would be doing that anyways, just in a different disguise) than another cog in the wheel. If I were to fill in the blank, it would be: 'taking our shit off our hands so we can buy new shit'.

It's absolutely amazing how much shit is in the world, how we can buy things from China or wherever, wear them, play with them, use them, break them, gather them, and send the shit right back to be made into more shit. It's a consequence and almost a necessity in an economy with the policies that prevail. Now, that might sound like a nice circle, but the problem is that much of it is just shit, consumer crap, toys, even computers, TVs, and other electronics. Those products pollute in manufacture, use, and recycle. The constant production and growth required to support such lifestyles then induces pressures to do things such as the use of the products of genetic engineering (like cotton), which encourages herbicide, pesticide use. And on and on and on....

All part of the game. Compared to most, and using 'business standards', the man has done a good job and should be compensated. Personally, I'd rather see some of the contributions cut out from beneath Goodwill itself for the above reasons and others than to pillor just him. Donate locally. There are shelters and numerous organizations out there. Hell, put it on the curb and say 'free'.

hey WTF, what the F? 26.Jul.2011 15:20


How much money do you believe the CFO should get (Chief Finance Officer)?

Minimum Wage? What sort of skills do you think you could by with $7 an hour?
How long before Goodwill was bankrupt and out of business with incompetents running it?
Either your little green monster of envy is just jealous or you truly have no clue how things work or probably both.

There's plenty of millionaire public employees 26.Jul.2011 16:09

Dave S.

and we have no choice but to "donate" to them in the form of taxes.

RE: justsomedude 26.Jul.2011 19:21


Goodwill is ran by incompetents, trust me on that. The reason that place makes money is they get tax breaks, pay no property taxes and receive 100% of their inventory for absolutely nothing. Anybody in the world could make "profits" if they had these advantages, it's just that the people at this "non-profit" are milking a cow that just keeps on giving. They pay enough for a person to stay just out of reach of being homeless but still so little that they are kept broke. By the way, what makes people think that these corporate officers deserve up to 30 times more than the people they employ? I've seen their jobs first hand and it isn't worth that, they are absolutely replaceable. The people that should be making more are the ones that actually produce the wealth for the company. The cashiers, the dockworkers, the people in the back who work hard sifting through their crap in order for the stores to mark it up so high that those same employees would be hardpressed to even shop at a Goodwill. I've already contacted the Oregon Attorney Generals office and they've declined an investigation as they've already audited GICW in 2005. In 2006 Goodwill spent $19,000 in lobbying, for what I don't know but I would imagine it was for sway over never getting audited again. Politicians are cheap these days.

lmbyas, good points 26.Jul.2011 19:54



You seem to make some good points. I would suggest that if you want, you and your friends and other like minded people start your own business/charity. I'm sure once the word gets out that people will bring you their unwanted items for donation.
My only complaint with your post is that you shouldn't worry about how much someone else is making in relationship to you or someone else. That path leads to madness. Seriously, you can't change it, it only makes you bitter and unproductive. The world is unfair, it always has been, and as long as humans run it, it always will be.
Best advice is see where Goodwill is screwing up and fix it and do a better job at your own place. Pay your employees what you can, what you think they are worth, etc. pay yourself the same way.
Too many people are waiting around for someone to give them an opportunity. Most successfully people make their own opportunities. As Nucky said, This is America isn't it, who the fucks stopping you?
Good luck.

Jealousy? 26.Jul.2011 22:09

Den Mark, Vancouver

Jealousy has nothing to do with this issue. Two thirds of a million bucks per year is not justified, is pure greed, is not earned, is grotesque, .....

..... which is why i bring my donations elsewhere, & the stuff still gets reused or recycled, & the little shops do employ people.

Goodwill? Never.

Donate to Community Warehouse in Portland 26.Jul.2011 22:45


Community Warehouse gives stuff away to the poor and refugees and immigrants. You can donate household goods in good condition. Also you can shop their garage sales and their treasures store. All the "profits"
go to run the warehouse and keep goods flowing to those most in need. They send their truck to your house for a small fee. It's the opposite of Goodwill. Check them out on the web.

Goodwill Does Not "Give Away" Stuff. They Sell It 27.Jul.2011 02:10


And a few rich people, typically, destroying it.

No one should be allowed to own more that 20 times what they need to make a living and live comfortably. People should be required to register their substantial holdings, and if they exceed the 20 times limit, a random jury should force them to sell off the excess, and reduce their holdings to 15 times what they need. The proceeds should go to the commonwealth. Anything they fail to register should be confiscated, and those who willfully avoid registering assets should be punished. That is the only way to control economic royalism and protect freedom and human rights.

Most of our industry has been sold by the rich for profit and shipped down the river to other nations, and there is perhaps only one way to rebuild it. All large industry should be owned and completely controlled by democratic communities and towns. Each community would own an industry, which could only be sold to another community. Some communities would have to be larger than others. For example, an ironmaking operation would require a large community, or consortium of communities. There could be government sponsored research and development communities too. Employees would have to live in the communities, and thus there would be a powerful incentive to minimize pollution. Small businesses would be operated by ordinary companies.

There will be no more rich political parties. No more rich to be protected by vicious policing. Freedom and prosperity at last!

Blues, Freedom and prosperity at last??? Your kidding right? 27.Jul.2011 07:14


Where is the freedom ? For someone who seeks freedom you used the word, can't, punish, reduce, exceed, required, register, and confiscated. These aren't terms I would associate with "Freedom".
Even Castro has given up on such plans and begun to allow private businesses, without limits.

Rightwingers tell everyone who they can marry and not marry, and we want those people leave us the fuck alone because its none of their business. How is it any of your business how much money someone else has? Freedom is freedom. Its not to be rationed by anyone for any purpose.

99% Ultra-Poor Among 1% Ultra-Rich Cannot Sustain Freedom And Prosperity 27.Jul.2011 11:15


Let's say some person unknown to you drives away in your car, which is parked in front of your son's house. In a truly free society, how could that person be hunted down by the state, arrested, and imprisoned? The car was there, the person needed it, and so she or he simply took it. Why should the state attempt to deprive that person of a car that she or he obviously needed? Why should the state dictate what the person can do with a car, depriving him or her of that freedom? Or take away that person's sacred freedom by throwing him or her in jail! Obviously, in a seriously free society the agents of the state could never commit such a travesty! This is socialism in its purest form! (I am not in favor of such an extreme form of freedom. Would not want the police to ignore the taking ("stealing") of my car. I am simply making a point about the true nature of freedom.)

We in the United States of America now have the purest form of what most people would call capitalism. We also have more people in jail than any nation has had in history. The average person has very few rights, you will notice. Only the rich oligarchs have real freedom, of course, as wealth is 99% similar to raw power in capitalistic societies. The average class cannot live in socialism, since they are basically too poor, and also, they have no rights. What right do you have to impose tyrannical capitalism over the rest of us? Why can't we be free of the absolute power of the super-rich economic royalty?

Economic royalism is a Satanic religion.

Easy, you lost me. 27.Jul.2011 13:04


In your metaphor, I don't know who is driving the car, the rich guy or the poor guy?
I can tell you that if your kid is bitten by a snake and you only have minutes to drive them to a hospital, then you take the closest car to you and go. You don't worry about the law, or the consequences.
On the other hand, if you need a ride to the store and someone has 20 Cadillacs parked outside and you take one, then that's just theft. Plain and simple theft.

No, America doesn't have anything close to a form of pure capitalism. The closest I have seen was something completely undesirable. I traveled in the Former Soviet Union after the wall came down in 1992.
That was pure capitalism. Where children were kidnapped off the street from a moving van, anesthetized, their vital organs cut out and put on ice, and the dead carcass dumped on the roadside. Where the killers bribed their way out of arrest. Where old people sold their apartments for food but to live in while they were alive only to be murdered, and again the killers bribed themselves to freedom. Where postal workers dumped truckloads of mail in the creek behind the apartment I was living in rather than deliver it. Where brand new highways that hadn't been completed had to be torn down because city officials were selling the cement on the black market and replacing it with sand so the overpasses were falling apart. Where cops would beat you for a bribe. Where you could have anyone arrested by bribing a cop, and the person arrested would be released if he/she produced another bribe.
That was pure capitalism and I don't think anybody wants that nor does it resemble anything we have in America. Super rich and Super poor exist, but mostly in developing countries where the poor are REALLY poor and about 95% of the population and the other 5 percent live better than you and I could ever dream.

you need to travel to some really dirt poor countries. It would be educational.

Talking About Actual Freedom, Not The "Right" To Own 20 Cadillacs 28.Jul.2011 02:48


If you think that owning a gigantic palace and 20 Cadillacs while everybody else lives in crates is a genuine manifestation of freedom, then your notion of freedom is absurd. My point was not a metaphor, but rather an illustration that unlimited wealth in the midst of unlimited poverty inevitably entails absence of real freedom, and presence of tyranny (only the tyrants are free). Therefor we must have wealth control. It's simple, really.

And we do have radical capitalism, regardless of your odd horror stories.

blues, you are free to live in a crate if you wish 28.Jul.2011 05:32


Once I helped an old family friend who was never that bright, but he was a nice guy. His father been killed in an explosion at the local plant when he was 4 years old. Now he could have gotten a job at that same plant, a good union job that paid very well, but his mother had scared him out of it, and actually I don't blame him for not taking the job.
Anyway, his mother died and he was living her old dilapidated house. He was delivering newspapers for $25 a day, and I felt he was getting screwed by his employer because this guy was making him rent a van from this guy and pay for his own gasoline. So he got $25 a day minus the gas money.
I bought him a used van for $600. I just gave it to him under the condition that he look for another job. He never did, eventually the van broke and he was right back in the same place. Last I heard the city government razed his house after condemning it, and now he lives in an apartment and he is scrapping metal for a living.
Some people have no motivation to do better, and anybody in America in 2011 who lives in a crate probably chose to live there. They refuse to do what they have to do to not live in a crate.

Pay The Don First 28.Jul.2011 23:02


When I was about 12 years old, I had the good fortune to know a fine old gentleman named Charley, whom I will call Dog Food Charley from here on out. He was maybe 80 years old. Dog Food Charley lived four flights up in a building with absurdly high ceilings, so climbing them was really like climbing about ten stories. Most days, Dog Food Charley would ask me to go to the grocery around the corner and buy him a can of dog food. (Of course, he didn't have a dog.) It cost 25, but Charley would give me 75. But when my momma heard of this, she instructed me firmly to not take the extra 50 from Dog Food Charley ever again. This was very hard, since Charley was very adamant, but somehow I managed it.

I learned many valuable lessons from this. For one thing, high ceilings really suck.

Poor old Charley owed Don Forducci a some money for petty gambling. At the age of twelve, I had the audacity to enter Don Forducci's office on Charley's behalf, and actually managed to work out a deal whereby Dog Food Charley could pay off his debt at $5 a week. Unfortunately, Charley, on $45 a month Social Security, was simply unable to pay for the 25 dog food, rent, and the $5 a month to Don Forducci. One night I was horrified to find his dead body in the gutter just below the towering flimsy fire escape from his fourth floor.

Another valuable lesson learned. Always pay Don Forducci.