Nebraska investigation of Goodwill Omaha leads to consent judgment

By Marian Johns | Jul 3, 2018

LINCOLN — After a nearly two-year investigation of Goodwill Omaha by the Nebraska Attorney General's Office, a consent judgment has been filed alleging the nonprofit misled consumers and "squandered charitable assets" to compensate executives. 

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson along with assistant attorney general Meghan Stoppel, filed the consent judgment in the Douglas County District Court against Goodwill Industries, Inc., and Goodwill Specialty Services, Inc., (collectively Goodwill Omaha). 

“We developed a healthy confidence in Goodwill Omaha’s new leadership and that President/CEO Mike McGinnis and his team are committed to rebuilding Goodwill Omaha and sustaining its nonprofit mission,” Peterson said in a statement. 

According to the Attorney General's Office, it also has released a "resource publication" for organization's directors and officers as a reference to make sure its organization is in compliance with Nebraska law.

Through the consent judgment, the Attorney General's Office asks Goodwill Omaha to address concerns brought about by its investigation into the nonprofit's board of trustees and their failure to provide oversight. The judgment also asks for Goodwill's future compliance with the law. 

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