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Gaslamp Store in the 1940sGOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY (GISD), a private, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 1930 at 16th and Imperial in San Diego by a group of community leaders. After more than 60 years in the Gaslamp quarter, in 1994 we moved our offices to our current site in Pt. Loma.

GISD is affiliated with Goodwill Industries International, as part of a network of over 166 autonomous corporations operating under the Goodwill name in the United States, with another 13 affiliate organizations in other countries internationally.

View Goodwill's IRS 990 on Guidestar. Simply type in Goodwill in one box, and San Diego County in the other.

View Goodwill's 2012 Annual Report.

Our purpose is "Getting People Jobs".
Our mission is "To get people with disabilities and other barriers to employment jobs by developing their skills and work habits through training and real work. "


Goodwill believes that work is one of the foundations of a meaningful life. In our over 82 years in this industry, we have witnessed the dramatic impact of the POWER OF WORK.Pat Macy ready to interview applicants

In the beginning we were simply known as an employer of persons with disabilities. Today's Goodwill is a vital, proactive organization that, in addition to providing vital training and paid work experience to people with developmental disabilities, now offers free services to anyone in the community who is looking for a job, or a new job through Goodwill Employment Centers. We have a successful on-line department in addition to our retail operation. Goodwill's secure document destruction, and document imaging departments are creating jobs and revenue every day so that we can create more jobs. Our aftermarket facility has expanded to include a computer disassembly and electronic store on top of our daily outlet/auction and recycling activities.

Original Donation Centers

Your donations provide jobs and hope for our employees, our program participants and the community at large. Make an investment in your community today. Our donation centers are stores are staffed 7 days a week for your convenience. We appreciate receiving the items that you no longer need or use, that are clean and in good to great condition, ready for transformation into jobs.

Facts About Goodwill

  • Goodwill does not solicit cash donations, or hold fundraising events, although financial donations are graciously accepted. We encourage donors to remember us by designating Goodwill Industries of San Diego County in their planned giving documents for a dollar amount or a percentage of the proceeds of the estate.
  • In 2011 Goodwill Industries employed more than 1000 people in San Diego County.
  • Our goal is to have a minimum of 51% of our employees be people with disabilities or other barriers to employment.original donation centers
  • Goodwill owns and operates retail stores, bookstores, and a facility in San Ysidro housing 2 outlet departments, a computer/electronics store, and daily auctions.
  • Goodwill created over 60 full time jobs through the placing of donation centers at Caltrans Park and Rides, MTS Trolley Stations and other convenient locations.

    CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of human service providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, and Opioid Treatment Programs. (888) 281- 6531. August 10, 2011 Goodwill Industries of San Diego County is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a CARF Three-Year Accreditation for the following programs/services: Customized Services (Ticket to Work and Young Adults Program; Job Supports (Supported Employment Individual Placements); and Job Site- Training (Supported Employment Groups).

  • The Supported Employment Program is designed for those with more significant disabilities and provides more comprehensive support to the participants to give them the opportunity to be successful on the job.
  • Goodwill Community Employment Centers: offer FREE employment assistance for job seekers at all levels of job-readiness inside Goodwill and at other businesses.
  • Goodwill's e-business department oversees the operation of our shopgoodwill.com; eBay.com; eBay's half.com; abesbooks.com; and amazon.com stores.
  • Goodwill's Secure Document Destruction department offers shredding services and document imaging to individuals and businesses for a fee.
  • Goodwill is a State of California certified "collector" of electronic waste and we sell or recycle CRT's (Computers and televisions) and other electronic items. In 2011 we recycled over 3,362,157 pounds of computer related items.
  • In 2011, Goodwill Industries of San Diego County diverted 176,127 pounds of metal scrap, and 1,917,538 pounds of textiles (clothing) from the landfill. (These totals do not include the items sold in retail stores that were also diverted.)
  • Goodwill cashiers rang up 1,267,898 customer transactions in 2011 in S.D. County and the retail stores accepted donations from over 243,058 individuals during the year.
  • Goodwill trucks picked up 4,411 loads of donations from homes and offices, and transported 165,577 bins of donations from donation centers to processing areas.

Board Of Directors

Good Turn Days in the 1950sGoodwill is very fortunate to have an active board of directors who have dedicated thousands of hours to establishing policies to ensure that we are able to achieve our purpose. Their guidance has allowed us to grow and prosper, serving thousands of San Diegans through our programs and services over the years.


We use the money generated by the sale of donated goods to hire and train people with disabilities. In addition to physical or mental disabilities, the barriers our participants face can be as simple as a lack of previous work experience, limited or outdated work skills, housewives re-entering the job market, senior citizens, and people with limited English language skills. Almost one-quarter of the employees in our retail stores are Goodwill Supported Employment participants who are paid while learning "on the job".

Goodwill Donors - Making It All Happen

Donation Pick Up in the early daysDonors play a key role in Goodwill Industries' ability to fulfill its purpose. Of our total income, 96% comes from retail sales and salvage recycling operations. The collection, processing, and sale of donated goods provides full and part time jobs for regular staff, and practical work experience and an opportunity to adjust to the demands of the workplace for our participants. 100% of public material donations remain in San Diego County, with 80% of the revenue generated by the resale of donated goods used for operating Goodwill programs and services in this region.


We are members of the following Chambers of Commerce:

In addition, our staffmembers participate as members and board members of a wide variety of community, non-profit, religious, service and other organizations in San Diego County.