Author Archives: jmmcclelland

About jmmcclelland

The CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Social Entrepreneur

On the Importance of High Expectations

In recent weeks, I’ve become acquainted with three Excel Center students who have received or will soon receive their high school diplomas. All three of these young adults have disabilities, were in “special education” during their childhoods, and failed to … Continue reading

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The Seasons

As I am writing this, it’s snowing – again. But it’s March – finally. And if it’s March, surely spring can’t be far off – can it? As we approach (I think) the end of the most relentless winter – … Continue reading

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The War on Poverty

In January 1964, President Johnson declared war on poverty. During the days leading up to and immediately following the 50-year observation of that declaration, many have commented on the progress, lack of progress, or outright failure of that “war.” In … Continue reading

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The Magnificence of the Ordinary

While solutions to major social problems must be macro in scale, in the final analysis we must see results in the lives of individual people. As Peter Drucker reminded us, the purpose of any not-for-profit organization is to change lives. … Continue reading

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Some Implications of Becoming a Large Organization

Over the last decade, we’ve had enormous growth in our organization. We now have over 3,000 employees, nearly two-thirds with limited vocational options because of a disability or other barrier. We also have over 3,100 students in the ten schools … Continue reading

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