Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that offers job training and customized
career support to eliminate barriers to work and independence. Proceeds from thrift retail, e-commerce, grants and financial contributions fund our services that help Minnesotans get equitable access to employment opportunities and realize the power of work. Shopping and donating divert over 65 million pounds from local landfills annually and have helped us connect people to jobs since 1919.
To eliminate barriers to work and independence.
A world where everyone experiences the power of work.
We prepare people for work to address labor disparities in Minnesota.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota believes that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are central to our mission to eliminate barriers to work and independence, and our vision of a world where everyone experiences the power of work. We strive to reflect the communities we serve and strengthen partnerships, while making a solid case for the importance of this work. We will bring diversity, equity and inclusion to the forefront internally and externally and speak out against overt and systemic racism, oppressions and inequities.
- As an employer we will build on employee engagement and inclusion efforts.
- As a community member we will reflect our service communities and actively learn together.
- As a service provider we will create equitable opportunities.
- As an advocate we will influence systems change.
OPENING DOORS TO BRIGHTER FUTURES
Community Need: Minnesotans are still recovering from pandemic-related job loss; in the last year unemployment applications reached 1.4 million and 344,000 people were unemployed.
We support people seeking career growth and stability with digital literacy skills, resume refinement and free, job-specifictraining like construction or IT to help people find meaningful work.
Our outcomes are life-changing: all participants experience an average annual increase in earnings of $26,452 and 82% are employed after six months. Dislocated worker participants experience an average annual wage increase of $52,739.
Community Need: Income inequality and wage gaps in our community are among the highest in the nation; Minnesota’s pay disparity for BIPOC people is over 30%.
- We are part of the solution: our individualized services, like career navigation and job support, help narrow this gap for job applicants who are often underrepresented (52% of the people we serve are BIPOC and 64% have one or more disabilities).
Community Need: Minnesotans generate nearly 6 million tons of waste for local landfills every year.
- Shopping and donating helps us divert over 65 million pounds from Minnesota’s landfills annually.
- Our commitment to sustainability includes solar energy at 15% of our stores, electric car charging stations and partnership with 160 Goodwill agencies that divert over 4.5 billion pounds from landfills every year.
Every year we make progress in advancing workforce-related public policy, engaging with hundreds of elected officials on public policy objectives. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a member of the MN Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the MN Second Chance Coalition. Contact Deanna Smiley Gulliford or call 651-379-5940 with questions.
CERTIFICATIONS & ACCREDITATIONS
GESMN holds many certifications and accreditations to ensure transparency with donors and the highest level of service to our program participants. Nationally, Goodwill is rated an "A" grade by Charity Watch, and GESMN has earned nearly a dozen 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, a distinction obtained by only 2% of charities nationwide.
Americans told the World Value Index that Goodwill is the brand they trust more than any other. The World Value Index is based on a nationally representative, comprehensive survey of 3,000 Americans on perception, awareness and behaviors in response to the purpose and mission of organizations and brands.
Chief Sales &
Chief Human Resources
& Risk Officer
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Chief Services &
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Albert, JD (’25)
EVP, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Asst. Corporate Secretary, Stratacor
Anthony Bass, MDiv, MBA (’25)
Senior Executive Director,
American Cancer Society ‐ Minnesota
Paulette Baukol (’25)
Margaret Camp, MBA, JD ('23)
Vice President, Business Unit Operations,
Kortney Cartwright ('24) Vice Chair
District Branch Manager, BCForward
Marcella de la Torre, EdD (’24)
Director, AACSB Administration/Health Care Outreach, Opus College of Business,
University of St. Thomas
Sonjia Erickson ('23)
Design Director, Product Design & Development, Target Corporation
Andrew Feikema ('25)
Senior Vice President/Relationship Manager,
US Bank Corporate Banking
Mike Finger, MA ('25) Treasurer
Debbie Galka, MBA (ex-officio)
Chair, Goodwill-Easter Seals Foundation
Wealth Management Chief Operations Officer,
Peggy L. Kadlec ('24)
Chief Human Resources Officer/Executive,
Rachel Lockett ('24) Chair
Chief Information Officer,
Pohlad Companies /Marquette Companies
Sita Morantz ('23)
Chief Acquisition Integration and Community Engagement Officer, Marsden Holding L.L.C.
Leslie Olson, MBA ('23)
Director – Strategic Performance Analytics,
Elizabeth Ortloff (’24)
SVP, Senior Compliance & Audit Officer,
Charla Sheffield, MBA (’25)
Valerie Krzywkowski Snyder, JD ('25) Secretary
Supervising Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Morgan Truscott (’24)
Executive Director, JP Morgan Private Bank
Ivan Winship (’25)
Vice President of Finance and Administration, Minnesota Orchestra
Michael Wirth-Davis, DPA (ex-officio)
President & CEO, Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
Marketing & Communications Director
Retail Stores Senior Director
Ann Marie Courchene
Retail Operations & Logistics Senior Director
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! Donating items and shopping at Goodwill thrift stores and e-commerce helps connect people to jobs. Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a 501c3 nonprofit and proceeds from retail operations support services for people seeking equitable access to jobs.
We eliminate barriers to work and independence with customized training and career support to help people unlock their full potential. We have nearly 20 programs to help job seekers access training, prepare for work and find job opportunities that lead to future advancement. Removing common barriers to employment like lack of transportation, childcare, healthcare and fines/fees helps people gain independence. Get more information.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota has stores in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We divert over 65 million pounds from landfills annually to help keep Minnesota green; families, fashionistas, thrift lovers and more can waste less and get more at Goodwill.
Yes! Contributors make it possible for GESMN to serve over 4,500 Minnesotans annually who need support in removing employment barriers to build thriving careers. Financial gifts and partnerships provide essential/customized career services, which range from digital literacy skills and educational credentials to career navigation and strategies for long-term job retention. Learn more.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is an affiliate of both Goodwill Industries International and Easterseals Disability Services. We offer job training, placement and related services to people with disabilities or other barriers to independence and employment. Goodwill Industries International and Easterseals Disability Services have separate affiliate offices in most states and the two national parent organizations are not affiliated with each other.
Yes! Volunteers play key roles in our success. For more information, visit our volunteers page.
View our donation page for a complete list of items we accept and find a location near you.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) organization that transforms your donations into career resources, training and jobs for people with disabilities and other barriers to work. Watch our short video and learn how our unique "donate-shop-reuse-employ" model diverts over 65M pounds from landfills annually and helps connect people to jobs every day.
We are always hiring in our Goodwill stores! View our current job openings.
We want you to be satisfied with your purchase. That is why we offer a 14-day exchange policy with a receipt and tags attached.
Effective January 1, 2020 we no longer offer refunds or accept checks.
Donations stock our stores to support our mission, but there are costs to get that lamp from your trunk onto a shelf. An attendant unloads donations, processors sort & price items and cashiers help customers. It takes 2.75 hours of staffing to process just 50 items and we stock 1,000+ new items daily in every store!
We also have expenses like rent, lighting and cooling to make your shopping experience clean and comfortable. Many items start at just $1.99 and we offer many promotions and sales. Sign up at gesmn.org/signup so you don’t miss savings!
FACTS AND MYTHS
Goodwill is widely known and respected as a nonprofit that funds job training and employment services through the sales of donated items. Because our brand is internationally known and been around for over a decade, sometimes individuals and organizations are misinformed about who we are.
Next time you see a friend perpetuating these common hoax topics, please share the facts:
- Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, not a for-profit company.
- “Why do you sell things that you get for free?” Donations stock stores to support our mission, but there are many costs to get that lamp from your trunk onto a shelf.
- We employ over 2,000 people in our communites and everyone earns more than the MN minimum wage.
- Our 45 local retail stores, 3 outlets, e-commerce and aftermarket operations handled over 75 million donated items last year to provide funding for services and programs that eliminate
barriers to work and independence.
- Our commitment to sustainability includes solar energy at 15% of our stores, electric car charging stations and partnership with 160 Goodwill agencies that collectively divert over 4.5 billion pounds from landfills every year.
- CEO Michael Wirth-Davis, DPA has led the organization for over 30 years. He teaches and volunteers his time speaking to various groups (he doesn’t have a yacht or get paid millions of dollars). His compensation, like all nonprofit CEOs is available in our Form 990.
- Income inequality and wage gaps in our community are among the highest in the U.S. Minnesota’s pay disparity for BIPOC people is over 30%. We are intentional and strategic about serving populations that have been deeply impacted by the changing economy and rising costs, who need a little support to build thriving careers and stable families. We also help dozens of employer partners develop a pipeline of trained workers with diverse skills and backgrounds to fill essential roles.
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota
can help connect you to trained workers
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Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the Federal Tax ID: 41-0706171.