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Five leaders of San Diego nonprofits—four of them women!—share their vision for our city

By Erin Meanley Glenny
Published in the San Diego Magazine Charitable Giving Guide 2020

TONI GIFFIN, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County

“Our founder’s philosophy of ‘a hand up’ has always resonated with me. We provide free training and employment services at our Community Employment Centers. These services offer a way out of poverty if people are willing to take a hand and do the hard work . . . we cannot do it for them. Creating a culture and work environment where people can thrive is not an easy task. It requires developing exceptional leaders who believe people can change and reach their full potential. One of my biggest jobs as CEO is ensuring our chosen culture is real to the people we employ and serve.”

Since 1930, GISD’s mission is to provide employment and training opportunities to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. It employs nearly 1,400 people in San Diego, and more than 50 percent have a disability or other significant barrier to employment.

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