Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

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Location: Baltimore, MD
Founded: 1919
Industry: Nonprofit

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Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc.

Lisa Rusyniak
President and CEO

NOT A CHARITY, BUT A CHANCE

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. started nearly 100 years ago with a factory where two indigent employees stencilled and folded burlap bags that were sent out to collect reclaimable household goods. While the nonprofit’s operations have expanded and evolved dramatically since that time, Goodwill’s mission has remained the same: providing help for those in need of job skills and training. Goodwill offers many different programs at its 11 career development sites to train individuals for employment. Another key part of Goodwill’s success is its dedication to convenience for those who want to help. The nonprofit has 29 retail and donation locations, as well as eight attended donation centers.

Quick Tip: “It’s best to not get distracted by daily operational issues. We hire the best managers and let them do their job with limited interference.”

“I was drawn to Goodwill because of its mission; it was a way for me to apply my business education to accomplish truly meaningful work by helping other people,” says Lisa Rusyniak, president and CEO. “I’d like to think that my tenure with the organization shows others my commitment to our mission and inspires them to work hard every day … to help those in need in our communities.” Over the next few years, Rusyniak’s goal is to further grow Goodwill’s retail business and, by doing so, increase the services the nonprofit can provide to the community, including job training.