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Goodwill husband-wife team
earns nearly $800,000

News and Observer [Raleigh,NC], by Josh Shaffer

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 2/10/2013 5:56:40 PM

As president of the Goodwill Community Foundation, Dennis McLain directs a chain of 36 stores stretching from Durham to Jacksonville, selling used sport coats and secondhand dresses to some of North Carolina’s poorest citizens. He states proudly in promotional material that workers in those stores earn an average $19.58 an hour in combined salary and benefits, and that Goodwill provides free job training to millions worldwide. But McLain receives an uncommonly large portion of the nonprofit’s generosity, earning more than $430,000 a year in pay and other benefits, including membership at Raleigh’s exclusive Capital

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Goodwill is no Salvation Army when it comes to charity. I thought Goodwill was a charity orginazation? Their financial disclosure forms are full of blank spots where they fail to denote the foreign recipients of the checks. I´m beginning to think the whole non profit thing is a racket.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: neanderthal, 2/10/2013 6:19:48 PM     (No. 9169205)

Let´s see, 39 goes into $430,000, 11,025 times. So would anybody here manage a store...any store, with, say, 20-30 employees for #11,025 a year. Didn´t think so.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/10/2013 6:25:01 PM     (No. 9169208)

The president and his fellow democrats are going to go after non profit organizations. He has made that clear.
Expect all sorts of audits, except for al sharpton´s charity, and the rev jackson´s operation push. (Operation push money is being used to support the reverend jackson´s girlfriend and her illegitimate jackson baby.)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tennisbum, 2/10/2013 6:26:40 PM     (No. 9169212)

and out of their $800,000, how much was given to charity, church, etc.

Just doesn´t pass the smell test!!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JAN, 2/10/2013 6:42:17 PM     (No. 9169229)

No good deed goes unpunished.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/10/2013 6:49:45 PM     (No. 9169233)

So, #1, you are of the opinion each store does not have a manager? That is laughable.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 2/10/2013 6:54:34 PM     (No. 9169238)

The article provides some comparisons with similar charity nonprofits in the Triangle area. And there is at a minimum the Husband -Wife ´nepotism´ issue. That never looks good.

I assume that all ´profits´ go to employing disabled workers?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 2/10/2013 6:57:39 PM     (No. 9169240)

He pays his employees $19.58/hour to work clothing sales - in the Southeast. Are they complaining?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Mushroom, 2/10/2013 7:05:30 PM     (No. 9169249)

I´m with #5 on this. I would expect there to be Assistant Mgr and Mgr in each store, in addition I suspect there is regional managers between his level and the sores.
How important is he to day to day ops? He´s in Cambodia visiting other operations!
As to the $19hr figure, remember that includes ´benefits´, that number NEVER gets exaggerated (/s) betcha it includes employer taxes as well.
The article is kind enough to look at averages and compare to even larger operations.
Don´t forget the $2.5kmo housing allowance payable until DEATH along with the fully paid post retirement health care plan...Anyone else getting that now a days?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Tangles, 2/10/2013 7:12:45 PM     (No. 9169255)

You´d rather have some of those really smart solar company CEO´s running it?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 2/10/2013 7:29:35 PM     (No. 9169273)

The article states that the compensation received is much higher than that of CEOs of comparable organizations. $800k is a lot more than $100 #8, but thanks for the laugh.

Surely, we can defend the principle of tax breaks for non-profit charities without failing to acknowlege that greedy people take advantage of the system in all sectors of society? Surely this couple could feed and shelter their family on $400k and Goodwill could put the other half into, oh, I don´t know, helping poor people?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: NancyD, 2/10/2013 7:32:12 PM     (No. 9169279)

Just one more case of demonizing the 1%. We don´t know the entire story and the way the media reports things, I don´t believe anything anymore.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bluefindad, 2/10/2013 7:38:13 PM     (No. 9169286)

Salvation Army all the way!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: grampstosix, 2/10/2013 7:42:39 PM     (No. 9169291)

Reminds me of the non profits run by a lot of politicians that are funded with taxpayer dollars that eventually find their way into the pockets of the politicians.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: octrojan, 2/10/2013 8:17:48 PM     (No. 9169313)

Not sure what people here are whining about. The article says Goodwill has $32M in gross revenues and is a very well run business...and that comparable companies have similar salaries. What would a for-profit this size pay its CEO?

I guess the people here think non-profits shouldn´t hire good managers? You get what you pay for. You hire a top guy, pay him appropriately, the company prospers...isn´t that the best way to serve society?

A bunch of closet socialists on this site, I guess.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Sully, 2/10/2013 8:48:52 PM     (No. 9169354)

Fact: there is no such thing as non profit. Everyone who works there is making profit. Executives make a handsome profit.

All Non Profit means is there are no shareholders to answer to.

Local non profit Pro life org has a leader who drives a Jaguar. So long as they disclose there salaries and expenses IDK what they do. Of course, I will not give to them. That is my choice.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: provide, 2/10/2013 9:23:00 PM     (No. 9169390)

I saw a PBS showing the path of clothes that aren´t sold in the stores. They are sold to Indian jobbers who sell them by the bail to African stall shops.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: veritas, 2/10/2013 9:25:17 PM     (No. 9169396)

#16: Bingo! Dr. Sowell has addressed that very point. "Non-profits" sound good to anyone who doesn´t think things through, kinda like "taxing" corporations [you may laugh here], but basically it´s semantics... for tax advantages, and for more ways to hide the money.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/10/2013 9:42:24 PM     (No. 9169414)

#8, the article does a comparison of other non-profit executives in the area and the MacLains are both making at least twice as much.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/10/2013 10:31:54 PM     (No. 9169436)

Sorry, but after seeing Goodwill and some other nonprofits from the inside, this is BeeS. If they pull in that kind of money, they don´t need a nonprofit status. As far as training, they used to pay them $1.25 an hour, far less than minimum wage.

Many of the donated items never reach the store shelves. The employees have first dibbs. That was not included in the PBS program.

It is the same with most nonprofits today. By the time admin collects a good salary, a new office with new furniture, many times an auto, hiring friends and family, then AA employees, when it gets to the intended recipients, it´s the same mantra-budget shortfalls.

I can think of one GW right now where two sisters are in charge.

Rule #1 in my house: Charity begins at home.
I refuse to give to any nonprofit.

With so many out of work in this country, why is money leaving the US ?



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Reply 20 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 2/10/2013 11:18:54 PM     (No. 9169482)

In the area I grew up, what is now called ´Goodwill´ was then named ´Christ Mission´, and we always donated items to them. It was just understood that this was what people, even very poor people like us, would do for others.
Now, I´m not so sure.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: skedaddle, 2/10/2013 11:24:59 PM     (No. 9169484)

The amount of money leaving the US without a clear accounting is a huge red flag.

Also, I don´t expect people working for a non-profit to starve but they should make just a little under the prevailing wage for similar work because it shows they care and are careful stewards of charitable contributions.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 2/10/2013 11:55:59 PM     (No. 9169503)

How is it that the word charity has changed its meaning from love to a mere tax write off?

Actual charity is no longer present in so many so called "charities."

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Reply 23 - Posted by: kelty, 2/11/2013 1:03:40 AM     (No. 9169526)

Lately, as they´ve remodeled their stores and raised their prices, I´ve come across literature in which it states that people make the erroneous assumption that they are there to provide clothing to the needy at low prices - but really they are only about employing the disabled. I´m guessing their salaries went up at the top as they decided to upgrade their stores and run it more like a used clothing Marshall´s.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Muggins, 2/11/2013 1:17:58 AM     (No. 9169528)

When I got out of the army, so long ago, jobs were scarce. I chose to drive a delivery truck, at minimum wage, for the Goodwill in town, rather than go on unemployment insurance. The 2 top positions were held by a husband and wife team. I remember one young girl was handed a ball of tangled wire coat hangers and told to untangle them. It wasn´t long before she started crying and ran off. I didn´t the see the husband much, but the wife was a tough task master. How a husband and wife team gets control of a Goodwill is interesting, ain´t it?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/11/2013 3:28:13 AM     (No. 9169561)

This just adds to my suspicion of "charities" that seem to siphon plenty off the top for the management before passing it on to the beneficiaries.

A friend who worked for a well-known charity years ago used to talk about the opulent salaries and benefits enjoyed by the management. She couldn´t stand to see the injustice of it, and left.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 2/11/2013 7:46:34 AM     (No. 9169731)

Just another reason why I will never donate to goodwill.

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This morning I clicked on a link to a Red State website article concerning “The War on Women” and “Paycheck Equality” and got quite a surprise (the same thing happens when a Firefox user goes directly to the article). Nanny Firefox posted a political opinion on my screen before allowing me to proceed to read the article. This message didn’t appear when I accessed a second article which met with Firefox’s political commissar’s approval. Here’s what Firefox said: Careful Now! (shouldn’t they have said “Achtung! or “Verboten!” or something similar?). This website could not be displayed by Firefox because it is not


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