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$10 Million Gift Fuels Local Goodwill to Expand Helms College

December 17, 2020 GMT

AUGUSTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 17, 2020--

Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Inc. has received a $10 million contribution from acclaimed writer and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. It is one of the 384 organizations selected by Scott after months of due diligence.

The donation will be used in part to support the organization’s educational mission, Helms College. This week Helms College launched its Degree Program in Culinary Operations in Resorts and Clubs (CORC ). The Augusta-based institution will welcome its first cohort of CORC Program students in April 2021.

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“Our local Goodwill is deeply grateful for MacKenzie Scott’s recognition of our organization’s strategic delivery of vital services to people with the greatest needs. Her visionary and impactful capacity building investment will be transformative as we thoughtfully invest her gift to build career pathways out of poverty. Our team of more than 800 employees are feeling more energized than ever as we roll up our sleeves to carry this blessing forward to every person who comes to us for help. Now we can open more doors faster and wider,” said James K. Stiff, president of Goodwill of Middle Georgia Inc. and Helms College.

Scott’s investment positions Goodwill to respond to the urgent need created by the COVID-19 crisis in the organization’s 35-county service delivery area and to accelerate the organization’s expansion of its scalable Helms College career education model within its territory and beyond. This increase in Goodwill’s capacity will support the surge of people in need of mastering new skills required for high-demand occupations relevant to the post-pandemic workforce. The generous donation also helps Goodwill reach the halfway milestone of its two-phase $20 million comprehensive Hand Up Campaign.

“It is our hope that Ms. Scott’s gift will inspire other generous donors to help Goodwill eliminate poverty in our communities,” Stiff added.

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To explore the Hand Up Campaign’s regional initiatives and giving opportunities, visit www.goodwillworks.org/HandUpCampaign.

About Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia Inc. ( goodwillworks.org ): Goodwill of Middle Georgia Inc. is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization that builds lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services. More than 85 cents of every dollar of Goodwill revenue underwrites job training and placement services. In 2019, Goodwill served 17,566 clients and placed 6,732 people in competitive employment, making an estimated total economic impact of more than $210 million in its 35-county service delivery area. Goodwill belongs to this community and is governed by a local volunteer Board of Directors. It is not owned by any individual or company.

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