4 Things To Know about Southern Oregon Goodwill

Four Things To Know

4 Things You Should Know About
Southern Oregon Goodwill®

1. Our Entry-Level Positions Pay More than the Minimum Wage

All employees of Southern Oregon Goodwill earn at least $14 an hour, even in “nonurban counties” where minimum wage is less than that.

2. Every Year, We Help Someone You Know

Our Employment and Training programs and community partnerships enable opportunities for personal and professional growth for hundreds of people every year.   We provide resume writing, interview skills, online job search services, GED exam prep, and career advancement training in our Job Connections centers and Learning Labs in Douglas, Klamath, and Jackson Counties.

3. Our Stores Support Our Mission Services

The revenue from our stores supports the many programs and services we provide in our community.  In fact, .86 of every dollar goes back into the mission services mentioned above. Overhead expense isn’t the only way to judge a responsible charity, but it is important. And so is this:

Nationwide, Goodwill has an “A” grade by CharityWatch.org, and was named 10th on the list of “America’s Top Charities 2020” by Forbes Magazine.

We have also reached the Gold-level of participation in the GuideStar Exchange for our demonstrated commitment to transparency. GuideStar USA, the premier source of nonprofit information, collects, organizes and publishes information on the programs, finances, and impact of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Gold is the most elite level of the organization’s transparency program, GuideStar Exchange.

Southern Oregon Goodwill is audited annually by an independent organization. We are also fully accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

4. This is Shae Johns, CEO & President of Southern Oregon GoodwillShae Johns CEO SO Goodwill

Like other non-profits, Southern Oregon Goodwill is managed by respected business leaders and a volunteer board of directors. Southern Oregon Goodwill isn’t “owned” by anyone. Our CEO, Shae Johns, has been with our organization for more than 10 years, serving as President and CEO since 2014. Is she making millions of dollars a year? No, but she is fairly compensated for someone with a great deal of experience and the responsibility of managing an $18-million operation with hundreds of employees, and ensuring Southern Oregon Goodwill fulfills its mission. Southern Oregon Goodwill’s Board of Directors sets the salary and compensation for our CEO and reviews this compensation within the context of the organization’s revenues, service to people, and overall impact on the community. An executive who helps to raise more money and thereby helps to provide more job training in the community is likely to be rewarded by the Board for his or her efforts.


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