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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to Goodwill Southern California.

  • Why She's A PioneerWhy She's A Pioneer
    Dr. Geraldine Branch is a pioneer. She was the first African American woman to graduate from New York Medical College (Class of 1936). An obstetrician and gynecologist, she became a public health physician and a high school teacher.
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  • Jason's TestimonialJason's Testimonial
    To gain job skills so that he could change the path he was on, Jason enrolled in occupational skills training at Goodwill. Once he graduated the program, he had many opportunities for employment.
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  • Yolanda's TestimonialYolanda's Testimonial
    Yolanda came to Goodwill as a victim of domestic abuse and a single mother of two. She was seeking a way to provide for her family.
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  • Andre's TestimonialAndre's Testimonial
    While driving one day, Andre noticed Goodwill's Job Services Center. Every day Andre, his wife, and sometimes his children came to the center as he sought work.
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  • Maggie's TestimonialMaggie's Testimonial
    Maggie was referred to Goodwill's employment services by the California Department of Rehabilitation. At Goodwill, she received extensive coaching and on-the-job support, as well as training to improve her skills.
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Gift Examples

  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought their first home many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their children could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
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  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased a home many years ago for $80,000. The home has appreciated substantially over the years and is now worth $420,000.
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  • A Bequest to Save Taxes
    Thomas was a widower who had a great love for our organization. As an individual who had directly benefited from our work.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Candice spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting the Wills Planner on her favorite charity's website, June, a surviving spouse, came across the idea of a Give it Twice Trust.
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  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Joe and Kathy worked for years building their nest egg for retirement. They also want to provide for their children.
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