Goodwill can trace its roots back to 1902, when Reverand Edgar Helms of the Morgan Methodist Chapel in Boston, began Goodwill as a part of the church ministry. Helms and others in his congregation would collect items that had been left for trash pickup, then trained and hired the poor or unemployed to repair and resell the items.
Today, the 32,000 Goodwill locations still collect household items, clothing, furniture, and other items to be sold at store locations, however, the company also offers items for auction on sites such as eBay or on their own website shopgoodwill.com.
In 2013, an article published information regarding the substantial difference between what employees earn and executive compensation.
Forbes describes a blind woman earning only $3.99 an hour until Goodwill asked her to slash her salary to $2.75. The woman quit and was angered to discover that the CEO at that time, was earning a base salary of more than $434,000.
Goodwill is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland.