Goodwill Southeast Georgia Receives SunTrust Foundation’s 2019 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000

Goodwill Southeast Georgia Receives SunTrust Foundation’s

2019 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 Grant


Savannah, GA – Recognized for its generous contributions to Savannah, GA, Goodwill Southeast Georgia was awarded a 2019 Lighting the Way Award and $75,000 grant by the SunTrust Foundation.

The SunTrust Foundation’s Lighting the Way Awards recognize select nonprofit organizations that work to build self-sufficient families and more financially confident communities through financial education, financial counseling, career readiness/workforce development and small business/entrepreneurship.

“The SunTrust Foundation is proud to recognize and support our local nonprofit partners that empower and strengthen the communities they serve,” said Stan Little, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “Goodwill Southeast Georgia is making a meaningful impact with their programs to improve the financial well-being of the people who need it most.”

Goodwill Southeast Georgia is one of 36 nonprofits across the Southeast and Midwest presented with a 2019 Lighting the Way Award from the SunTrust Foundation, which gave a total of $2.7 million in grants to these nonprofits.

“We are honored to have been recognized by the SunTrust Foundation for the impact we are having in our community,” said Michael Winckler, President and CEO of Goodwill Southeast Georgia. “Our commitment is to help eradicate poverty in our communities through the power of work and education by assisting individuals with significant challenges find a way forward. We believe every individual should have the opportunity to achieve individual success and security. The SunTrust Foundation’s generous grant allows us to further expand our operation and impact.”

About Goodwill Southeast Georgia

Goodwill of the Coastal Empire Inc., DBA Goodwill Southeast Georgia, is a highly diversified 501© (3) social enterprise that funds job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items.  Goodwill Southeast Georgia operates 17 stores and 4 Opportunity Centers in 33 Georgia and South Carolina counties.  Goodwill also builds revenue and creates jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services including custodial, grounds keeping, staffing services, packaging and assembly and fabrication.  For more information on Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, please visit  Find us on Facebook at Goodwill Southeast Georgia follow us on Twitter at @GoodwillSEGA.


About SunTrust Foundation
The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s (NYSE: STI) purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $170 million throughout the United States.