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Community Organization Research - Goodwill

I have chosen Goodwill.

Research a community organization on an individual basis.

Write a short overview of the organization that addresses the following:

- Evaluate the organization's involvement and responsibility to the community.
- Summarize what factors have influenced the social responsibility strategies of the organization.
- Does the organization have a social initiative? If so, what is it? If not, identify a social initiative for the organization.
- What are the potential ethical or moral effects of the organization's social initiative or potential social initiative?

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Goodwill is a really good choice for an assignment like this. Remember, though, I cannot answer the question for you directly. I can only list out a bunch of ideas that can help you put something together.

Going to the source, of course, is the best bet. Goodwill itself has much to say about what it does and why.

I think one important way to proceed is to tease out the ethical concepts that are embedded in the Goodwill self-concept and mission.

One of the big things is stewardship. This is a view of property that states ownership being about moral virtue - not a legal claim. This is a non-profit organization, one of the most recognized in the US. The shopping is just the beginning - they also partner with the private sector and sponsor training programs for poor families (affecting about 4 million people as of last year).

The more I read, I see how Goodwill and the YMCA use almost identical language in setting out their goals. The only real difference is that the former deals with job training, while the Y does not.

They sold about $2.5 billion of goods last year, while government agencies at all levels contributed about $600 million overall.

They recently partnered with Bon-Ton stores.
Take a look here: http://www.goodwill.org/press-releases/doing-good-has-its-rewards-at-the-bon-ton-goodwill-sale-event/

And here for a basic overview:
http://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Goodwill-Sponsorship-Prospectus.pdf

Old clothes are traded in and sold out of Goodwill outlets. Clothes are given in at Bon-Tons, and given over to Goodwill. The connection of Goodwill to Bon-Ton means that the company gets a moral face lift. BT looks like its doing something good to give back (so to speak). Each donation (taken as a whole) gets a 25% coupon to use at the BT store. BT gets new customers, a moral lift, and Goodwill gets ...

Solution Summary

Community organizations research for Goodwill are examined.

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