Local Goodwill Foundation gets $2.4M gift from longtime volunteer

The Goodwill Foundation of Central & Southern Indiana has received a $2.4 million donation from the estate of longtime volunteer Peggy Miller, the Indianapolis-based not-for-profit announced Wednesday.

The donation will be used to establish the Miller Family Fund for Success, which will help support Goodwill’s education, health and employment programs.

Miller, who died July 28, 2018, at age 77, was a bilingual secretary for multiple airlines and a hospital executive assistant. She was a longtime Goodwill Service Guild volunteer and charter member of the Jack Dustman Society, which recognizes those who make gifts totaling $50,000 or more to Goodwill.   

Miller’s mother, Dr. Maurine Miller, was the first clinical psychologist in the United States to work at a Goodwill organization. She received national recognition for her work in vocational rehabilitation programs to facilitate job training and placement for people with disabilities.

A memorial fund that provides internships to students interested in careers in vocational rehabilitation was established in Maurine Miller’s name after she died in 1970. Peggy Miller’s donation will be used to boost that fund.

“Dr. Miller recognized that each individual has different skills to contribute, and she helped match them with roles that allowed them to increase their independence and reach their potential,” said Kent Kramer, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, in written comments. “Not only did she change how we think about hiring people with disabilities, but through her daughter’s generous gift, Goodwill can continue to fund the programs that are empowering people to change their lives every day.”

Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana offers a variety of employment, education and health services in  39 Indiana counties and operates more than 70 retail stores.

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