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Goodwill is committed to maintaining accountability to its donors and community members. Goodwill is a not-for-profit organization, 501(c)(3), whose mission is to help provide jobs and job training. We will continue to provide pertinent information regarding our financial well-being and the effectiveness of our programs. Read our annual report to find detailed financial and program information or view our IRS-990 form in the links below.

Is it true that your CEO earns $2.3 million a year?

No. The following “Think Before You Donate” false rumor
continually resurfaces in the form of social media posts and emails:

The current President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International is Steven C. Preston and he does not make $2.3 million a year. Learn more about the Goodwill Industries International CEO’s compensation here: Goodwill Annual Report

Although affiliated with Goodwill Industries International, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee operates through our own governing board of directors. The CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee is Matthew Bourlakas. You can learn more about his compensation here: VIEW Goodwill 990 Form.

The mission of Goodwill is to sell donated goods to provide employment and training opportunities for people who have disabilities and others who have trouble finding and keeping jobs. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee operates 30 retail stores, one outlet, about 60 donation sites and eight Career Solutions Centers where clients can receive job services. Almost all of those services are provided free of charge, and thousands of people receive assistance each year.

Does Goodwill of Middle Tennessee Pay Its Workers Minimum Wage or More?

Yes. While some Goodwills utilize the “Special Minimum Wage Certificate” as an employment tool, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee DOES NOT. In fact, all of our roughly 1,500 employees are paid minimum wage or more.

Each Goodwill Industries is a separate, locally chartered not-for-profit corporation governed by its own board of directors, which means policies and procedures vary at each agency.

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. is committed to paying our employees fairly according to their ability to work and our ability to pay, and we pay all of our employees minimum wage or more. Our mission is to provide employment and training for people who have a disability or who otherwise have difficulty finding and keeping a job. Our services to those we are privileged to serve are provided, for the most part, free of charge.

Our Goodwill takes seriously the trust our many donors of clothing and household goods place in us to use those donations in support of our mission. We are grateful for that support, and we are committed to maintaining accountability to Goodwill’s donors, employees and community members.

Please visit our Annual Report Page on this website to better understand the programs and services we provide and how Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee uses its revenue.

More About Goodwill


Learn more about CEO compensation at Goodwill.

View our Impact Reports to learn more.


Goodwill 990 Form
View Goodwill’s IRS reporting forms.