In the past year, our major partners have made a significant investment to advance Goodwill’s work in local communities. We’re proud to celebrate and recognize their impact.
Accenture has invested in GoodProspects® for Credentials to Careers as part of the company’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed. Thanks to this investment, Goodwill agencies across the country connect career advancers with the credentials and financial wellness skills they need to support their households.
Since 2001, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has stimulated family strengthening and financial wellness across the Goodwill network through an annual recognition program for Goodwill agencies that demonstrate leadership commitment to financial wellness throughout their organizations. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a lead investor in the job creation loan fund operated by Goodwill Mission and Job Creation Services, Inc. This investment is supporting expansion of the Goodwill social enterprise to create jobs and sustainably fund Goodwill’s mission.
The Goodwill partnership with AT&T was established in 2011 with the goal of providing both Goodwill agencies and their employees with savings on AT&T’s portfolio of products and services, which include a variety of mobility services, devices and applications. Known for having the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T was critical in the development of the Goodwill locations mobile app for iPhone and Android.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports Goodwill’s Vested in Veterans, an initiative that equips veterans and military family members to make the most of educational opportunities, find jobs and build their careers.
Since 1994, Bon-Ton Inc. has committed to strengthening communities across the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains through the Goodwill Sale. During the semi-annual sale, customers are encouraged to donate gently used clothing in exchange for a savings coupon for each item donated. Goods donated at the sale are sold in Goodwill stores to fund job training for individuals with barriers to work in those communities.
As of 2013, Goodwill Sale customers had donated goods and given cash at an estimated value of $223 million, allowing Goodwill to provide 8.9 million hours of job services.
The Caterpillar Foundation funds Goodwill Brasil, a capacity building project to expand the Goodwill enterprise to serve Brazilians with disabilities and other challenges finding employment.
The Charles Schwab Charitable Foundation funds a Goodwill partnership with the Indianapolis Charles Schwab team to pilot a volunteer-based financial education and coaching program, GoodAssets, to serve individuals in need.
Dell Reconnect is a multi-year sponsor of Goodwill Industries International events and a long term partner of the Goodwill Enterprise. The Dell Reconnect partnership diverts used computers and computer equipment from area landfills and provides consumer education on the importance of environmentally-responsible computer disposal. More than 374 million pounds of electronic equipment have been recycled through Goodwill since its partnership with Dell started in Texas in 2004.
In 2013, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) and Goodwill Industries International announced the launch of the Goodwill IHG Academy program in the U.S. and Canada. The partnership is creating local economic opportunities on a national scale.
The program offers skills development and employment opportunities to those seeking a career in the hospitality industry. Goodwill IHG Academy participants have access to job services, resources and real-world work experience in IHG-branded hotels helping to increase opportunities for employment.
Sustainability is woven throughout Levi Strauss & Co. from how the company designs clothes, to its buildings, to its community involvement. Levi Strauss & Co. has a strong partnership with Goodwill® at both the national and local level. In 2009, Levi Strauss & Co. launched Care Tag for Our Planet in partnership with Goodwill in an effort to keep billions of pounds of unwanted clothing out of landfills. Levi’s® brand was the first major retailer to include messaging directly on all product care tags encouraging people to wash less, wash in cold, line dry and donate to Goodwill when longer needed.
In addition, Levi Strauss & Co. was an important partner in helping Goodwill launch the Donate Movement, a national campaign that encourages consumers to donate clothing and other items to Goodwill® because it is good for people and the planet.
Lumina Foundation supports Goodwill’s Community College/Career Collaboration (C4) initiative to increase college and career success by connecting individuals with education and job-specific training with whole-household supportive services.
Microsoft Corporation software grants strengthen the Goodwill network’s capacity to deploy information technology and provide training to the people we serve through donations of new software which are used to upgrade Goodwill training centers throughout the US.
Mood Media, a leading in-store media specialist, partners with Goodwill members to provide a mix of music, messaging, scent and digital signage services in Goodwill stores to enhance customers’ shopper experience and to let the community know how their donations and purchases help to create jobs.
SafeLink Wireless, a valued partner of Goodwill since 2011 provides income eligible households with access to a free cell phone and free monthly airtime through the Federal Lifeline program. The partnership allows Goodwill locations to enroll qualifying individuals in the communities they serve. Offering these individuals a free phone to help seek and retain employment, access emergency services, and connect with loved ones improves their independence and financial wellness.
Sprint, a long term GII national purchasing partner and silver sponsor since April 2005 offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wire line communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint’s partnership with Goodwill has helped to consolidate wireless support and reduce Goodwill’s spend via increased buying power and streamlined applications.
Goodwill has national pricing with Summit Group, whose portfolio of products and services include branded merchandise, engagement and recognition, and marketing communications. Summit Group provides two mechanisms for members to purchase branded promotional items for their employees, donors, program participants, volunteers and shoppers. Goodwill members can either purchase branded promotional items from Goodwill’s e-store, powered by Summit Group, or they can work directly with Summit Group to design customized pieces.
University of Phoenix and Goodwill Industries International work together to train America’s workforce, particularly those in traditionally underserved communities. Through this alliance, University of Phoenix provides Goodwill employees across the United States and Canada reduced tuition for degree programs, as well as certificate programs and professional development courses, along with scholarship opportunities. Additionally, University of Phoenix students have the opportunity to apply for internships within Goodwill.
Goodwill and the Walmart Foundation work together on a number of initiatives that help people live better. Through the Operation: GoodJobs program, veterans and military families are connected with opportunities for career advancement and financial wellness. Goodwill’s Beyond Jobs initiative supported by the Walmart Foundation provides job training and placement services for unemployed and underemployed women. Walmart also supports MyFreeTaxes, a partnership that connects hard-working households with free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance – both onsite and online – for families and individuals with a combined income of less than $58,000.
WEX, a fleet card pioneer, became a Goodwill purchasing partner in 2013. WEX is helping participating Goodwill members save money on their fuel, maintenance products and automotive services through the use of its fuel card program. In addition to achieving savings via rebates from WEX, Goodwill members are also able to use WEX’s online tools to monitor fuel card usage, and to set controls and parameters important to managing costs and mitigating the risk of abuse.