Monday, April 11, 2011

Local Goodwill CEO received 6-figure salary

Q: I would like to know the salaries and benefits of the Goodwill chief executive officers in the Roanoke-Rockbridge area and if Goodwill Industries is truly nonprofit. Who runs it and does someone own it?

In 2004, there was a story in the news about a Goodwill president from Oregon earning a yearly salary of $838,508 in pay and benefits. What is the story in our area?

Your answer may make a difference as to where I take my discards.

-- Ruby W. Leighton, Buena Vista

A: There is one Goodwill agency that serves most of Southwest Virginia. According to its website, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys covers the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buckingham, Campbell, Carroll, Craig, Cumberland, Floyd, Fluvanna, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Greene, Henry, Highland, Madison, Montgomery, Nelson, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham and Wythe. Its service area also includes the cities of Bedford, Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Covington, Galax, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, Staunton and Waynesboro.

The local Goodwill agency is one of 165 in the United States and Canada. Each agency operates independently and has its own board of directors.

For the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009, compensation for Bruce Phipps, the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, was $214,600, according to GuideStar, a watchdog that compiles data on nonprofit organizations.

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is indeed a nonprofit organization not owned by an individual or profit-making corporation. It works to help "people with disabilities and disadvantages overcome barriers to employment," according to its website.

The organization provides work force development programs with money raised through the collection and sale of donated goods, as well as financial donations.

Our Goodwill chapter operates 31 retail stores, which collect and sell donated items.

For the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009, the most recent available, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys had revenues of $34 million.

Spokeswoman Kelly Coleman said the agency served 60,000 people with some type of job assistance last year. That included placement of 1,784 people into community employment, 1,670 of whom were paid $14.90 per hour in federally funded training programs.

Q: I'm new to the Roanoke area, having come from the close burbs of Washington, D.C. (Northern Virginia).

I am very curious about the house on top of Tinker Mountain, which I can see from my window. I have asked around, but no one seems to know. Have you any info?

-- Sharron Craig, Roanoke

A: Most of Tinker Mountain lies in Botetourt County. Hollins University led a local consortium in 2006 to purchase 235 acres on the mountain to preserve the area as an undeveloped natural resource, said Jeff Hodges, director of public relations for Hollins.

These acres include most of the southern face of the mountain, as well as the top one-third of the western side facing Hollins. This is the part of the mountain that is visible from the Roanoke Valley.

Hodges told me that the building on the top of the mountain is a private residence.

Best to view it from a distance.

Got a question? Got an answer? Call Bridget Bradburn at 777-6476 or send an email to whatsonyourmind@roanoke. com. Don't forget to provide your name, its spelling and your hometown. Look for Bridget Bradburn's column on Mondays.

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