June 27, 2017
Member fills nonprofit needs with corporate surplus
ReSource is a local nonprofit that helps area businesses repurpose corporate surplus to help qualified nonprofits purchase those items at 10 to 30% of the fair market value. Furniture, equipment and merchandise which would otherwise be wastefully discarded, find a new, useful home with many of ReSource’s hundreds of nonprofit partners in the area.
Cincinnati businessman Robert Castellini and the board of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation launched ReSource in 1986. During the last 30+ years, it has helped more than 1,800 nonprofits attain the inventory they need to run their organizations and to help their constituents.
Let’s face it: the United States is the third most populous nation in the world with more than 300 million inhabitants, and that translates to an incredible amount of waste. According to The Scientific American, Americans live much less sustainably than people from any other large country of the world; it also adds that the average American will drain as many resources as 35 natives of India and consume 53 times more goods and services than someone from China!
ReSource’s efforts have saved nonprofits over $40 million while allowing regional and national companies to reduce their overhead of excess products. Local corporations that partner with ReSource are taking their Corporate Social Responsibility seriously, and helping our community and environment thrive. These are companies that display gratitude for our access to more resources than other countries, and choose to behave in an environmentally conscious way.
Katie Schneider, at Chamber member TriHealth, donates regularly to ReSource and shares “It’s helping TriHealth be good stewards of our environment; it’s helping us reach our sustainability goals with waste diversion. It’s of course saving costs on material that would end up in the landfill but most importantly, I think it’s being able to work with a community partner and know that our material is going to good use in the community.”
In addition to acting as a conduit between corporate surplus and nonprofit need, ReSource also provides high quality training to more than 250 nonprofit employees and volunteers each year.
Partnering with ReSource is an excellent opportunity for Chamber member companies to save money, show good ecological stewardship, practice their Corporate Social Responsibility, and help the nonprofit community.
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