Goodwill Industries International Inc., often shortened in speech and writing to Goodwill (stylized as goodwill), is an American nonprofit 501 organization that provides job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who have barriers to their employment.
Goodwill Industries also hires veterans and individuals who lack either education, job experience or face employment challenges. The nonprofit is funded by a network of 3,200+ retail thrift stores which operate as independent nonprofits as well.
Goodwill Industries operates as a network of independent, community-based organizations in South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, the United States, Canada, and eight other countries, with 165 local Goodwill retail stores in the United States and Canada. It slowly expanded from its founding in 1902 and was first called Goodwill in 1915.
The clothing and household goods donated to Goodwill are sold in more than 3,200 Goodwill retail stores, on its Internet auction site shopgoodwill.com, and eBay by a number of its regional stores. Most of the items on www.shopgoodwill.com are either considered collectible or more valuable than their auction price, and bidding can be fierce. Each regional store lists on the site what they believe will sell at an initial auction or buy it now price, so the items are purchased for fair market value. Antiques, collectibles ranging from baskets to books, jewelry, comic books, furniture, small electronics, appliances and even automobiles are listed.
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