Frank McGree

mcgree293McGree? We thought it was McGREEDY.

It’s almost too easy to villainize a guy whose name rhymes with “Simon Legree,” the infamous evil character in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In a spurt of excellent journalism The Omaha World-Herald reported McGree had turned the time honored non-profit Goodwill Industries into a cash cow for friends and relatives. Goodwill’s reputation for operating thrift stores selling donated items and employing disabled and needy job-seekers was buried by the paper’s revelation the stores had collected four million dollars in revenue last year while only spending $557,000 on job programs. The rest of the profits were largely inhaled by lavish executive pay. McGree and eight of his top managers alone split $1.8 million of those profits. Fourteen other executives and managers made over a hundred thousand dollars a year.  That group included McGree’s daughter and the daughter-in-law of a Goodwill board member. McGree has resigned in disgrace despite his defiant defense of his work. Like the lyrics to Tom Lehrer’s song “The Old Dope Peddler,” this jerk claims he was only “doing well by doing good.”


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8 Responses to Frank McGree

  1. petergadz says:

    Couldn’t agree more. My wife used to have goodwill for Goodwill. Now, she has only ill will for them. IMHO, the entire 20-member (!) Board should go. With five officers and 15 members, the Board was hapless, clueless, complicit or all three.

  2. i used to work for goodwill industries of central n.c. 31 years ago i was referred by vocational rehabilitation by my former counselor she told me i would get paid based on my productivity on my last day i met with her and staff at goodwill in the work adjustment coordinator’s office they wanted me to work 30 more i said i’m not interested they said wow that’s an attitude the reason i left was they paid me $1.00/hour one time i had to take clothes out of the donation trailer they had mildew all over them guess where the clothes ended up going to the compactor and taken to the landfill i didn’t have a intellectual or developmental disability to be paid sub minimum wage i quit after 34 days i didn’t go back after that

    • kerrtoons says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that story. Did that occur in North Carolina? Please refer it to Henry Cordes at the Omaha World-Herald.
      I hope you are now well. No one deserves to be treated like that.

  3. i no longer donate to goodwill industries of central n.c. because their prices are 2 to 5 times higher for used items they sell in their stores they get the stuff for free the news and observer in raleigh n.c. an article reported husband and wife goodwill team make nearly $800,000 in 2012 art gimble ceo of goodwill industries northwest nc made $1,397,405.00 total while their workers made as low $1.00/hour they don’t care about the disabled non disabled workers mr. cordes this happened in n.c. in 2012 and 2013

  4. kerrtoons says:

    Mr. Bennett, I would ask you to talk to the investigative reporter in Raleigh, NC. This sounds terrible.

  5. josh shaffer was the one that wrote the article about the couple that made nearly $800,000.00 in 2013 two years later he talked to several former goodwill employees who used to work for goodwill industries of eastern n.c. they gave their side of the story about the couple getting a exclusive membership to the capitol club and other benefits

  6. kerrtoons says:

    Bottom line, I hope you are doing well.

  7. i would like to add a bulletin board on the hallway wall a piece of paper it said industrial services sub contracts

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