10 things you might not know about Seattle Goodwill

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
June 26, 2016

Original founders and employees standing outside of the first Seattle Goodwill store in 1923.When most people think of Goodwill, they think of one of the thousands of stores nationwide—and that’s understandable with over 120 years of brand name history. At a more local level, however, there are a lot of things that make Seattle Goodwill unique—and uniquely able to serve our community. Here are ten things you might not know about Seattle Goodwill:                                       

  1. Seattle Goodwill is a local, independent non-profit organization. On a national level, Goodwill is composed of 165 different independent organizations. Seattle Goodwill is one of them. We have our own CEO, and our own board who set the policies for our organization.
  2. We’ve been in Seattle since 1923. Our very first store was at the corner of Boren and Virginia, and was started by a group of local business people who saw a need for job training and employment for those who lacked in skills. Now, we operate 24 stores, 9 job training and education centers, and over 40 donation sites.
  3. 93 years later, we’re still working on the same mission—to provide job training and education opportunities for those experiencing significant barriers to economic opportunity. The funds raised in our stores support these programs. Last year, we helped over 8,700 people in our community.
  4. Our President and CEO is Daryl Campbell, an alumni of our local Seattle University School of Law. He’s been leading Seattle Goodwill for almost two years. You can learn more about him here.
  5. We put out over 100,000 unique pieces across our 24 stores every day. (That’s an average of over 4,100 per store!)
  6. Last year, with the help of generous donors throughout our community, we kept over 50 million pounds or reusable and recyclable goods out of landfills throughout our seven-county region in the central and northern Puget Sound.
  7. Every year we host a large sale focused on designer brands, vintage, and all things fancy and classy! This year will be our 33rd year hosting the Glitter Sale! People come from all over the country to shop it.
  8. We sell online! About 3% of all of our donated goods through a number of online stores including shopgoodwill.com, eBay, Amazon, and Etsy.
  9. If you see retail staff in our stores in blue collared shirts that say “Retail Trainee” on them, they’re part of our Retail & Customer Service Training program.
  10. We have over 150 years of Seattle fashion archived in our Vintage Fashion Collection. We use it to educate people about our mission—and have some fun while we do it. 


Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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