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Letter to the editor: How charitable?

— How charitable?

To the editor:

In response to Dorothy Hill’s letter of Tuesday, Feb. 5, when I saw the big shiny Goodwill semi sitting in the Albertsons parking lot, I smiled at their logo: “Your donations improve lives.” (I may not have that exactly right.) My thought was, whose lives do they really improve?

I am including an excerpt from the Portland Business Journal, and this is one of many articles questioning just how charitable Goodwill is.

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette CEO Michael Miller earned $742,875 in 2011, a 3 percent raise, according to tax documents filed last month with the Oregon Department of Justice. Last year, a Business Journal investigation found Miller was the highest paid nonprofit executive in Oregon. His 2011 pay likely keeps him atop the list.

Another case in point: How cost-effective is it to demolish a perfectly sound building and construct a new one? It seems that this money could be put to better use.

I would also like to point out that St. Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army also contribute more to this community than providing low-cost items for sale. They provide housing, food and comfort to local residents. I have read that executive salaries for these groups are way below those of Goodwill.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I question exactly how nonprofit Goodwill is.

Pat Davenport

The Dalles

Comments

butterflycrying 1 year, 7 months ago

GoodWill provides jobs to individuals who may otherwise be unable to get them, therefore helping the community as a whole. Otherwise I am not a huge fan, their goods are usually greatly overpriced.

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obiwan1969 1 year, 7 months ago

I for one an happy Goodwill is coming, not only do they provide job training for people that have barriors to employment they help those that would otherwise be forgotten and they are going to bring in other retailers in the center that they are going to build 2 or 3 other buildings. As for the Albertsons building, that building is not perfectly sound even Albertson's wanted to demolish it and build a new one. It has lots of problems as it was originally built in 1967 and I used to do jobs in there and was told by the management that thie roof leaked and Goodwill is probably determined it would be more cost effective to build new. I like what the stores have in Portland. Goodwill was here in the 1950's before the other 2 and I think that everything will work out for the best. It will be nice to see something new on that corner. We need jobs here in this town.

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