Austin Powers said it. Michael Pollack is doing it. One million dollars. When Pollack says he wants to put Arizonans back to work he is literally putting his money where his mouth is. Once again this week one of the Valley’s most generous entrepreneurs has reached into his pocketbook donating $100,000 to Goodwill of Central Arizona. This puts Pollack’s lifetime of giving to Goodwill at more than a $1 million.
“Simply put, I believe in what Goodwill stands for and that is putting people back to work, especially during times like these,” said Michael Pollack, owner of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments. “When you see the stories first hand like I have, people who are getting a chance to go back to work and feed their families and be productive members of society, it is very easy to continue giving to an organization that is truly making a major difference in our community.”
Goodwill of Central Arizona says Pollack’s $100,000 contribution this week is also its biggest cash contribution from an individual made to the organization so far in 2013. The organization says Pollack over the years has generously donated more than $1 million dollars between his cash donations, discounted/free rent and other in-kind contributions.
The biggest cash contribution came in 2010 when during the struggling economy Pollack wrote the organization a $250,000 check, the organization’s largest cash donation to date.
Pollack’s giving has not only come in the form of monetary donations, but the real estate entrepreneur has re-developed in-fill space that now houses Goodwill stores. Pollack Investments also uses Goodwill’s commercial services, like parking lot sweeping for about 60 shopping centers.
A year and a half ago – Goodwill honored Pollack with the Lifetime Achievement Award and this past October Pollack was honored with the 2012 Business Partner of the Year at Goodwill of Central Arizona’s 12th Annual Evening of Goodwill.
“We cannot express how grateful we are for Michael Pollack’s continued generosity and support of our organization.” said Jim Teter, president and CEO of Goodwill of Central Arizona. “We believe that through the power of work, every person, no matter their situation, can reach their fullest potential. And this recent donation will assist in our efforts to provide further job preparation services, at no cost, to our communities in central Arizona, Prescott and Yuma.”