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Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Goodwill Industries, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: Founded in 1923 in Louisville, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky operates within 20 miles of 75 percent of all Kentuckians. Goodwill has 58 employment and training centers, operating as retail and donation centers, that provide a variety of job training and placement programs for people with disabilities or other disadvantages across the state.

Results: In its last fiscal year (10/1/09-9/30/10), Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed 1,657 Kentuckians into jobs and paid more than $15 million in wages to people with disabilities or other disadvantages.

Programs: Goodwill industries of kentucky, inc. (goodwill) provides support services for its four non-profit 501(c)(3) subsidiaries, and in conjunction with these subsidiaries collectively provided jobs for more than 1,340 employees during fiscal year 2014. Overall, these employees exemplified the organization's mission because 75% of them reported having a disability or other disadvantage. These support services allowed the related organizations to remain cost-efficient, effective, and mission-focused as they created more than 2,881 placements of individuals with disabilities or other disadvantages into jobs, paid more than $17,625,088 in mission-related wages and served more than 19,869 people which includes goodwill providing information and serving referrals.

goodwill industries of kentucky, inc. Specialized workforce development programs delivered job placement and retention services, counseling, skills training, assessments, and job coaching to people with disabilities or other disadvantages, advancing their vocational opportunities, and assisting them in obtaining and maintaining employment. In fy 2014, these specialized programs made 1,369 job placements, delivered 4,755 services, and provided information and service referrals to 12,786 people who contacted goodwill for assistance.

goodwill industries of kentucky, inc. (goodwill) employs persons to provide janitorial and custodial services under contracts. These services are performed with a workforce comprised of more than 85% of persons with significant disabilities. This program is consistent with goodwill's mission. These contracts employed 58 persons, served 49 persons, and paid $466,799 in mission-related wages.

goodwill industries of kentucky also provided job opportunities in its good shred document destruction program, which employed 4 people and paid $15,257 in mission-related wages.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a donor. When I drove up to donate, the people were very friendly and helpful. Goodwill seems to have the most locations, which makes it easy and convenient to donate items that I no longer need or use.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a vendor for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, personally working closely with the corporate staff members for the past six years, I've come to know that each and every employee has a passion for the mission; to help those with disabilities or disadvantages maintain employment to gain a better quality of life. I see it is not just a job for them, but a cause they truly believe in. Their enthusiasm for the work they do is contagious and makes me feel good about what I do as a vendor to help them in their mission.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Program Director at Dress for Success Louisville and our partnership with Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc. is strong and successful. Goodwill's Power of Work program sends us the highest number of referrals per year (out of 80 Referral Agencies) and we speak regularly to their groups. Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is the organization I most recommend to job seekers and other agencies for comprehensive training and resources! The staff members are thorough and communicate effectively with us. When people say they are donating clothing to us because they don't want to take them to a Goodwill thift store...I start singing the praises of the Goodwill Program and how we are all connected for the good of the women in our community. If their efforts succeed, so do ours!