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 Goodwill employment readiness and career development initiatives since 2013 as part of the company’s global corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed. Its current investments support the use of an Accenture-sponsored online essential skills and career readiness resource, Skills to Succeed Academy. It is also contributing to the expansion of local Goodwill organizations’ digital skills training.
Since 2001, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has provided annual support for Goodwill family strengthening and financial wellness across the Goodwill network. In recent years its contributions to Goodwill have supported youth career development and inclusion, diversity and equity initiatives. 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 local Goodwill organization’s college and career readiness, financial wellness and credential attainment initiatives. Employee volunteers assist with the use of the Foundation’s financial education resource, Better Money Habits.
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.
The Ford 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.
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.
Microsoft Philanthropies is supporting the Goodwill Data Analytics Initiative with in-kind software contributions.
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.
The philanthropic arm of General Motors is supporting three Goodwills as they expand their occupational skills training programs, including digital skills automotive technician skills.
Funded by a $10.3 million grant from Google.org and with the assistance of 1,000 Google volunteers, the Goodwill Digital Career AcceleratorSM will enable more than one million people — including people with disabilities and disadvantages, youth, older workers, veterans and military families, and people who are transitioning back into society — to receive digital skills training over the next three years.
This innovative initiative will allow Goodwill organizations to enhance their job training programs to incorporate the ever-changing demand for new skills in the digital economy, and build the capacity of Goodwill organizations to equip their employees and participants with those skills.
Up to 126 local Goodwill organizations will receive Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator subgrants funded by Google.org.
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 have worked together on multiple employment, training and financial wellness initiatives since 2012. The Walmart Foundation is currently supporting Operation: GoodJobs 3.0, the third veteran-focused grant provided to Goodwill, which provides veterans and military families with career readiness support, financial wellness services and employment placement services. A separate grant supports GoodPaths to enhance professional development for Goodwill career coaches and provide career advancement opportunities for new and incumbent workers in the retail and adjacent industries.
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.