On February 14th, 2014 Green Camps Initiative (GCI) was accepted as a project of Community Partners. Up to this point, I had been developing a business model for an organization to bring sustainable solutions to the camp community, but wasn’t sure about which path would best suit what I was trying to accomplish. I researched and considered the paths to forming a for-profit, for-benefit, B Corporation and non-profit. There are a lot of clear benefits for each of these options, but I ultimately decided that as a non-profit our work, guided by a board of directors would provide the best support to the camp community I wanted to serve, our beneficiaries. All of this guided by an intentional mission statement.
We help camps reduce their environmental impact, regenerate natural systems, and become models of environmental stewardship for campers and their surrounding communities.
When I learned about Community Partners I saw an opportunity that would provide experienced guidance, administrative support, 501c3 status and many more (see document below). As a project of Community Partners, Green Camps Initiative gains all these benefits in exchange for 9% of the contributions we receive. I found that many businesses average around 10%-12% for administrative costs. This allows us to focus on research and development of how we can best support the camp community in accessing the benefits of sustainable education and development.
With the support of Community Partners I have learned a great deal about how to develop Green Camps Initiative while ensuring it complies with the best practices of a non-profit organization. The research, outreach education, certification program and other resources developed so far stand as a great framework for the impact our work can have in the camp community. As our work continues and our reach expands we will continue to operate as a responsible non-profit thanks to the support and guidance of Community Partners.
Please consider making a donation to Green Camps Initiative by visiting our donation page on the Community Partners website. http://www.communitypartners.org/project/green-camps-initiative
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact us to learn more about sponsoring a camp membership or research initiative.
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