Internet hoax

Posted Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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For the past five years, an email hoax has been circulating. It includes a message that reads something like this: “Think before you donate.”

The message then quotes inaccurate information and salary figures for the chief executives of several nonprofit organizations, including a reference to “Goodwill CEO and Owner Mark Curran, who profits $2.3 million a year.”

In reality, Jim Gibbons is the CEO of Goodwill Industries International and reports to a volunteer board of directors.

Goodwill definitely encourages you to “think before you donate” — the one legitimate message that this otherwise false email contains — and to learn more about the charities you’d like to support.

Be certain the organization you choose uses its revenue for charitable purposes that support a mission you can get behind.

Goodwill Fort Worth is proud to say that 93 cents of every dollar spent in our 20 area retail stores through the purchase of donated goods goes directly to fund our mission of providing jobs and job training for people with disabilities or other barriers. We strive every day to make your donations go further.

— David Goodroe, board chairman, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth

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