Certifications &
Accreditations

Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota 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 earned its ninth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a distinction obtained by only 2% of charities they review nationwide.

In 2016 and 2017, 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. Download a copy of the 2017 report.


  • Affiliated nationally with Goodwill Industries International and Easter Seals Disability Services
  • CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, continuous 3-year accreditation since 1977
  • CRC, Charities Review Council, meeting its accountability standards year after year
  • Charity Navigator, where GESMN is proud to have a 4-star rating out of four stars
  • Greater Twin Cities United Way, as a partner agency in good standing
  • Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), approved provider in Anoka, Benton, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Stearns, Washington and Wright counties
  • The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, an accreditation division of AdvancED, as a postsecondary school
  • MN DEED, Workforce Investment & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Certified Training provider
  • Minneapolis Employment and Training (MET) Minneapolis Works, Train to Career, and Dislocated Worker vendor
  • MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), SNAP Employment and Training provider Minnesota Department of Health
  • MN Office of Higher Education, licensed as a private career school with the MN Office of Higher Education pursuant to MN Statutes, sections 136A.821 to 136A.832 (licensure is not an endorsement of the institution; credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions)
  • Active member in dozens of Chambers of Commerce, Guidestar, National Council of Nonprofits, MN Council of Nonprofits, MN Rehabilitation Association (MRA) and the MN Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA)


Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota is uniquely qualified to provide employment services to people with disabilities and other barriers:

  • We have been serving people with disabilities since just after World War II.
  • Our services have been repeatedly recognized by industry and nonprofit leaders for quality, effectiveness and positive impact.
  • We partner with community leaders to successfully develop and maintain training programs in automotive, banking, construction, financial operations and retail industries.
  • Several major local employers regularly hire our program participants: Bremer Bank, Jiffy Lube, Target, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.