Monday, June 25, 2007

Good for Goodwill

Interesting weekend in Pittsburgh.

I attended my first Goodwill Industries International (GII) Delegate Assembly, and was officially elected to, and sworn in on, the board of directors. Great people doing great mission.

One of the highlights for me was the address to the delegates by GII's CEO, George Kessinger. George challenged every Goodwill to go more and more green, whether it be their vehicles, their buildings, their energy use (and source)...any way that they can model the organization's value of "Stewardship" to include stewardship of the planet.

OK, so why haven't I heard this more from other national nonprofits? I'm sure I've missed some, but you don't see this as a headline in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (who are pretty good at catching and reporting on trends in our sector).

So, here's the challenge. What is your nonprofit doing to be more green, to have its staff and board be more green in their homes and businesses? A good stewardship challenge.

Good for you, George, good for Goodwill, and good for all of us

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