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By PRWEB | San Diego, CA May 14, 2013

Non Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), a nationwide purchasing group dedicated to nonprofit organizations all across Canada and USA, has teamed up with Bigger-Brains, a global eLearning provider, to provide NPPG’s members with uniquely engaging business training courses at a special NPPG discounted rate.

The Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), leading group purchasing organization exclusively serving the non-profit community, announced today the addition of Bigger-Brains, another quality vendor partner to its already extensive supplier list.

The Non Profit Purchasing Group’s newest vendor, Bigger-Brains, provides premier eLearning courses to increase employee productivity. In addition to helping employees be more productive in their jobs, studies show that a high quality training program like Bigger-Brains can aid in employee retention, something that is critical for non-profits. According to a 2010 Louis Harris and Associates poll, 41 percent of workers at companies with inadequate training programs plan to leave within a year, compared with 12 percent at organizations with excellent programs.”

“We like to specialize in doing things the hard way,” said Chip Reaves, President of Bigger-Brains. “Most training providers create their courses at the trainer’s desk, on a computer. We want to provide the best possible online training experience, so we build ours in a full studio, with multiple HD cameras, interactive dialogue, and professional post-production. We’re proud to be able to make our high quality training available to help NPPG members and their employees to be more productive.”

Bigger-Brains top courses include training for Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and QuickBooks. These courses are available for immediate access by NPPG members. In addition companies who set up accounts on Bigger Brains can add their own custom training as well.

“We come across so many organizations that use great volunteers to help out with a lot of their administrative work, but who don’t necessarily have the most up-to-date training on tools that are necessary to do the work,” exclaimed NPPG Incorporated’s President and CEO, Alex Golin. “Tight budgets, timelines and lack of resources don’t allow these nonprofits the ability to keep on top of their training resources. This is where the ability to access a great resource like Bigger Brains at an affordable price makes it so critical for our NPPG members!”

Currently NPPG works with more than 100 vendors all of whom offer products and services to NPPG members at a fraction of the original cost.

About NPPG:
The Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG) is the first Group Purchasing Organization (“GPO”) dedicated exclusively to the non-profit and small business communities in both Canada and the United States. NPPG is committed to lowering the recurring costs of organizations by providing members with discounted rates on their most commonly purchased goods and services. NPPG is a membership based group that provides members with an online access portal to over a hundred different vendor partners, including Dell computers, Enterprise, and Recall. NPPG members have access to a variety of products and services where the discounted rates have already been pre-negotiated on their behalf. The company operates by its slogan: “Helping Those Who Help Others” and company mission to provide non-profits with effective resources that help organizations fulfill their missions.

About Bigger-Brains:
Bigger-Brains is a global eLearning content provider, specializing in uniquely engaging courses for business professionals. All Bigger-Brains courses feature an interactive Teacher/Learner format and are filmed in a TV-style multi-camera studio in order to create content that keeps the user interested and engaged with the material.

Headquartered in Anderson, South Carolina, Bigger-Brains premium eLearning solutions are used by businesses around the world.


By PRWEB | Simi Valley, California May 09, 2013

Coast to Coast founder continues success by partnering with new company dedicated to helping people.

Coast to Coast Computer Products has generated its financial success and consistent growth through giving people second chances. At Coast to Coast many of the employees are former convicts and recovering addicts. Giving people second chances and changing lives has paid off through the years. Currently Coast to Coast distributes over 50 million dollars a year of ink and toner products to corporate accounts nationwide, employs 200 people, and has shown growth 26 of the 27 years they have been in business.

Rick Roussin, CEO and founder of Coast to Coast Computer Products, is no stranger to addiction himself. Roussin created Coast to Coast when he was 24 years old and only 60 days clean from drugs and alcohol. In 1985 when Roussin created Coast to Coast he decided to give people with pasts similar to his own an opportunity. He provides his employees with the best compensation plan in the industry while creating a culture dedicated to the personal growth of each person. New hires are often found through half way houses and are put through rigorous training and coaching, with many of them coming out on top.

Stacie Henrich started working at Coast to Coast in 2009 and like many of her coworkers is a modern day rags to riches story. When Henrich started she was 37 years old, on food stamps and living in her parents’ house with her 10 year old daughter. Henrich now makes nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year, purchased her first home, has a 401k and drives a Mercedes.

“I myself was strung out on drugs and alcohol at a young age. My own road to recovery taught me that many talented, good people might end up down the wrong path and deserve a second and sometimes a third or fourth chance,” said Roussin. “People who may be caught up now need to know there is a solution and hope for them too. Of course there is a risk associated with hiring people with a tainted past, however overall the good far outweighs the bad.”

Coast to Coast isn’t Roussin’s only venture committed to making a difference. In 2011 Roussin partnered with Jenifer Rose to create It’s My Community Store, an office supply company that donates up to 10% of every order back to the charity of the customers choosing. It’s My Community Store is located in Northern Nevada but supplies customers and partners with charities across the nation.

“Rick has a highly motivational, positive attitude, with a don’t-quit-until-you-win expectation and amazing energy level. I’ve actually never seen anyone like him,” said Rose, CEO of It’s My Community Store. “Rick has been successful in helping people stay clean and sober and now we plan to be successful at raising money for charities through a product category businesses are already buying every day. We are excited to provide continued support to our elderly, our sick children, our veterans and thru the many wonderful causes that need support.”

During the development of It’s My Community Store Rose knew that Roussin would be the perfect partner. When she was ready to launch, Rose made the phone call and Roussin did not hesitate to help build another company that would change people’s lives.

With the help of Roussin, It’s My Community Store has been very successful in its first year. Now the company offers more than eight thousand products and gives back to more than 67 non-profits in five states. Rose says the company is continuing to grow and reach across the country helping more and more people every day and continues to win bids from large companies like the Non Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), a national buying group containing over 800 members.

“It is no longer about a Post-it note or a toner cartridge, it’s about that same Post-it note, helping a child with cancer or a veteran get the help they need,” said Rose.

“We’ve helped a lot of people stay clean and sober at Coast to Coast, we are experiencing great success and plan to continue for years to come. I’m excited at the opportunity to grow a second company committed to giving back,” said Roussin.

Roussin is committed to giving people second chances and helping them stay clean and sober, while Rose is committed to creating a steady revenue stream for charities across the country. Two people partnered together to build companies that are based on the simple principle of supporting people and communities.

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For more information, or to schedule an interview with Rick Roussin or Jenifer Rose please contact Aaron at aaron(at)itsmycommunitystore(dot)com or by phone at (775)741-5041.

Coast to Coast was founded 25 years ago with a few basic principles:

  •     To provide our customers with excellent customer service by highly trained experts with products that save time and money and the environment at cost effective prices.
  •     To provide our employees with best compensation plan in our industry while creating a culture dedicated to the personal growth of each person. Happy employees equals happy customers.

Message from Rick Roussin, CEO: http://www.coastcoast.com/about_message-from-ceo.asp

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/prweb2013


Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/business/press-releases/article/Company-Experiences-26-Years-of-Growth-with-70-4501299.php#ixzz2TrwbubuV



By (PRWEB) | San Diego, CA May 07, 2013

Group purchasing organization exclusively serving the non-profit community, Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), teams up with It’s My Community Store, to provide members with premier office supplies while simultaneously giving back to the non-profit community.

Leading group purchasing organization exclusively serving the non-profit community, Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), announced today its partnership with philanthropy driven office supply company, It’s My Community Store.

It’s My Community Store provides NPPG members with the chance to save money and support non-profits at the same time. NPPG members will have the ability to order office, printer, and fax supplies from It’s My Community Store at an extremely favorable price point available only to members. It’s My Community Store will donate as much as ten percent of the revenue from every order to a non-profit or charity of the customer’s choice. NPPG members who are also registered non-profits can be added to the It’s My Community Store website and will receive a quarterly donation of up to ten percent of their supporters’ orders and others who select their non-profit at check out.

This mutually beneficial relationship guarantees NPPG members receive the best quality items while contributing to causes dear to their hearts. Both NPPG and It’s My Community Store are ecstatic about the positive impact the partnership will have for NPPG members and charitable initiatives worldwide.

"We felt that it was important for our members to not only save money," commented Alex Golin, President & CEO of NPPG Inc."But to be given the opportunity continue passing a blessing forward. Whether they want to assign the proceeds to their own charity or someone else's nonprofit organizations and charities can both benefit from purchasing their office supplies through the Non Profit Purchasing Group's vendor partnership with It's My Community Store."

“I could not be more excited about partnering with NPPG. We have always been a charity based business that makes a donation with every order placed. Now we are partnering with a charity based buying group. The fit could not be any better,” beamed Jenifer Rose, CEO of It’s My Community Store.

About The Non-Profit Purchasing Group:
The Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG) is the first Group Purchasing Organization (“GPO”) dedicated exclusively to the non-profit and small business communities in both Canada and the United States. NPPG is committed to lowering the recurring costs of organizations by providing members with discounted rates on their most commonly purchased goods and services. NPPG is a membership based group that provides members with an online access portal to over a hundred different vendor partners, including Dell computers, Enterprise, and Recall. NPPG members have access to a variety of products and services where the discounted rates have already been pre-negotiated on their behalf. The company operates by its slogan: “Helping Those Who Help Others” and company mission to provide non-profits with effective resources that help organizations fulfill their missions.

About It’s My Community Store:
It’s My Community store is an office supply company dedicated to giving back to the community. Up to 10 percent of every order is donated to a local charity or non-profit of the customers choosing. This income allows non-profits and charities to help underprivileged children, build homes in their community and provide funding for cancer research. Established in 2011, It’s My Community Store continuously adds non-profits and charities as well as businesses dedicated to helping the community. Visit our website at http://www.itsmycommunitystore.com and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.


By PRWEB | San Diego, CA - April 23, 2013

Leading group purchasing organization exclusively serving the non-profit community, Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), announced today its partnership with GPS green fleet management software provider FieldLogix. NPPG members can now track employee driving habits and fuel consumption to increase efficiency across the board.

NPPG members who opt for the FieldLogix GPS Fleet Management and Driver Behavior Program will be able to improve the way they track, connect, and manage workers and assets. The software provides employers with real-time feedback allowing them to make adjustments immediately. FieldLogix’s Green GPS tracking solution provides clients with a tool that can improve driver behavior in order to reduce fuel consumption.

The FieldLogix software stores all traveled routes and regularly provides updates of the vehicle’s current location. A quick analysis of this data allows companies to increase efficiencies and reduce operating costs. The system helps managers monitor driver safety by measuring aggressive driving behaviors. The software also offers a sophisticated route planning and dispatching tool for fleets to help improve response times and reduce route deviations.

Alex Golin, President and CEO of NPPG Incorporated, explains his excitement over bringing FieldLogix on board, "Our partnership with FieldLogix is a perfect fit for both our members as well as our organization. Not only do they operate in Canada and the U.S. and use the latest technology and software, FieldLogix focuses on saving time, energy and money while looking out for the environment. This is exactly what the Non Profit Purchasing Group is all about, and why we fit so well together!"

To take advantage of the FieldLogix software NPPG members simply log into their account, select the FieldLogix vendor, and proceed to purchase. NPPG offers its members unparalleled discounts to aid in the efficient running of their companies.

About The Non-Profit Purchasing Group:
The Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG) is the first Group Purchasing Organization (“GPO”) dedicated exclusively to the non-profit and small business communities in both Canada and the United States. NPPG is committed to lowering the recurring costs of organizations by providing members with discounted rates on their most commonly purchased goods and services. NPPG is a membership-based group that provides members with an online access portal to over a hundred different vendor partners, including Dell computers, Enterprise, and Staples. NPPG members have access to a variety of products and services where the discounted rates have already been pre-negotiated on their behalf. The company operates by its slogan: “Helping Those Who Help Others” and company mission to provide non-profits with effective resources that help organizations fulfill their missions.

About FieldLogix
Since 2002, FieldLogix has helped companies become more efficient. It has since become an award-winning provider of vehicle and asset management solutions. Its flagship GPS fleet tracking product is used by companies throughout North America in order to reduce fuel consumption and improve employee productivity. The company has gained significant recognition by being selected as one of the fastest growing private companies as well as one of the most Admired Companies in the San Diego region.


By PR Web | San Diego, CA April 16, 2013

Group purchasing organization exclusively serving the non-profit community, Non-Profit Purchasing Group, has partnered with payment services provider NXGEN to launch NXGIVE donation program.

Leading group purchasing organization exclusively serving the non-profit community, Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), announced today its partnership with payment services provider NXGEN to launch the revolutionary merchant services program NXGIVE to help support charitable causes.

The Non-Profit Purchasing Group created the merchant services program to help fund its community member’s non-profit initiatives. NPPG urges all of its businesses that execute credit card transactions to participate in this innovative program. The NXGIVE program was established to not only support charitable causes throughout the NPPG community, but to lower the cost of payment processing for its wide array of non-profit customers. Non-Profit Purchasing Group always strives to provide its customers with the best products at unbeatable prices. The NXGIVE program is yet another effort by NPPG to alleviate the costs of commonly purchased goods and services for non-profit organizations.

To participate in the NXGIVE program and begin saving now, members of NPPG must switch to NXGEN for credit card processing services. From that point on, a revenue share percentage from each credit card transaction will be donated back to that non-profit organization’s charity of choice. The donation will be taken from NXGEN’s profits at no charge to the customer. For more information regarding NXGIVE call Dennis O’Brien at 206-402-4616 or call Alex Golin at 1-866-THX-NPPG to find out how an NPPG membership can benefit your organization.

About The Non-Profit Purchasing Group:
The Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG) is the first Group Purchasing Organization (“GPO”) dedicated exclusively to the non-profit communities in both Canada and the United States. NPPG is committed to lowering the recurring costs of organizations by providing members with discounted rates on their most commonly purchased goods and services. NPPG is a membership based group that provides members with an online access portal to over a hundred different vendor partners, including Dell computers, Enterprise, and Staples. NPPG members have access to a variety of products and services where the discounted rates have already been pre-negotiated on their behalf. The company operates by its slogan: “Helping Those Who Help Others” and the company mission to provide non-profits with effective resources that help organizations fulfill their missions. For more information visit http://www.nppg.org or call 1-866-THX-NPPG.


By Janet Driscoll Miller |

I’m sure that the headline of this article seems too good to be true, but it’s not. Surprisingly, many nonprofit organizations still are unaware of the Google Grant and its potential for them.

What is the Google Grant?

The Google Grant provides up to $10,000/month in free advertising on the Google AdWords platform. To qualify, your organization must be a non-profit [501(c)(3)], as well as meet other eligibility requirements. The account can be used for a variety of purposes, including outreach, fundraising and volunteer recruitment. There is no set end date to the grant. As long as you continue to use it, the account will remain active. The Grant is fairly simple to apply for, and I’ve not yet seen a qualified applicant be turned down.

How can I determine my eligibility?

As previously mentioned, your organization must first hold 501(c)(3) status, as determined by the IRS. However, certain types of organizations are not eligible, such as:

Government entities and organizations
Hospitals and health care organizations
Schools, childcare centers, academic institutions, and universities (except the philanthropic arms of these organizations)
Only one membership is allowed per organization. So, for instance, if you are a branch or local office of a larger organization, you may not be eligible.

What do I have to do to apply?

To apply, your organization must be a member of the Google for Nonprofits program, which provides access to multiple opportunities for nonprofits in addition to the grant. To apply, go to https://google-for-nonprofits.appspot.com/application and fill out the application.

After you fill out the application, be patient. Google may take up to five months to approve your application, although I’ve generally seen approvals in one to two months.

How can I qualify for more?

After you qualify for the Google Grant, there’s even more good news -- you can qualify for even more free advertising! Grantees can also be approved for a larger grant amount through the Grantspro program.

To qualify, you first must attain the Google Grant and reach $9,500 in total ad spend in that account for two months during a 12-month period. That may not seem difficult, but certain restrictions applied to the Google Grant do make that goal challenging.

First, the maximum cost per click in a Google Grants AdWords account is limited to $1. As anyone with AdWords experience will tell you, that’s not always a very high bid. Sometimes that bid limit holds your ad back, pushing it to the second page of search results, where there is much less visibility and often leads to lower click-through rate. Without a substantial amount of clicks, it will be difficult to meet the $9,500 goal threshold.

Additionally, unlike daily budgets in regular Google AdWords accounts, accounts in the Google Grant have a set limit of $333.33 as a daily budget. To reach the $9,500 goal in a given month, your account must spend nearly all of the daily budget every day with little leftover. However, there’s often a decrease in click on the weekends, sometimes making it challenging to approach the $333.33 daily budget limit and thus sometimes making it difficult to reach the full $9,500 monthly goal. According to Google, the average monthly grantee is only about $300/month, or a mere 3% of the full potential.

Once you achieve the spending goals with your Google Grant, you must then take a quiz to qualify for a higher grant level (Grantspro), worth $40,000/month -- $480,000 in free advertising with Google per year. Impressive.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re a nonprofit, get started today! You’ve got nothing to lose –- only clicks, traffic, donations and volunteers to gain.

By Jeff Russell, CEO of NPPG Vendor Partner Easy Office | March 30, 2011

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By Dan Engel | January 31, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – January 31, 2011 – The Non-Profit Purchasing Group, (www.nonprofitpurchasinggroup.org), the only group purchasing organization dedicated exclusively to non-profit organizations nationwide, announced today that the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (“CEN”) (www.cen.org) has made NPPG member benefits available to all CEN non-profit member organizations.

CEN serves non-profit leaders throughout Silicon Valley through exclusive member programs that build non-profit capacity at the highest levels of leadership. Molly Polidoroff, Executive Director, said: “We are pleased to offer NPPG benefits to our members as a bonus to CEN’s comprehensive member offerings.”

NPPG CEO Dan Engel added: “We’ve worked very hard this year to provide non-profits nationwide with discounts from 10% to 55% on their most commonly purchased goods and services. We’ve grown from 21 vendor partners at launch to over 55 best-in-class vendor partners today and continue to add more monthly. We are committed to the non-profit sector and believe that through partnerships like the one with CEN, we can reach thousands more non-profits and enable them to stretch their hard-earned dollars.”

For many non-profit associations, federations and management service organizations, offering discounts and cost savings to their constituents (member organizations and chapters) through a group purchasing service is a great way to recruit and support their membership. Without the right scale, however, establishing and maintaining a group purchasing service can be expensive. This is where NPPG can help.

NPPG can create and maintain a private label version of its website that is branded to each association and will immediately open members to new savings and make the association’s branded website their one stop discount shopping destination. CEN is the second association to take advantage of this opportunity. NPPG can establish a private label site for a new association within two weeks.

 

About The Non-Profit Purchasing Group

The Non-Profit Purchasing Group, LLC, is the nation’s only group purchasing organization devoted exclusively to the non-profit community. NPPG is committed to lowering the recurring costs of non-profit organizations by providing its members with discounted rates on their most commonly purchased goods and services. NPPG is also committed to reinvesting in the non-profit community by donating 10 percent of its net income to charity. For more information, call 877.THX.NPPG or visit www.nonprofitpurchasinggroup.org.

 

About The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits

CEN fosters highly effective leaders and vibrant nonprofit organizations that transform the quality of life in our communities. At CEN, we are committed to building strong relationships with our nonprofit colleagues, fully understanding their challenges, providing access to exceptional speaker programs and resources to meet their needs, and connecting nonprofit and community leaders in ways that strengthen all of us. 


By Alex Golin | Thursday, January 13, 2011

CALGARY, A.B., Canada. – January 13, 2011 – The Non-Profit Purchasing Group of Canada announced today that non-profit organizations and charities nationwide have an opportunity to save money on their everyday purchases of products and services through a discounted website at www.nppg.ca.

“With the current tough economic conditions, donations to most non-profit organizations in Canada have been declining for the past two years,” said NPPG Canada President Alex Golin.  “After the first year, many groups simply tightened their belts, but now with a second straight slow year, a lot of non-profits are having to take a serious look at either cutting back their programs or laying off people.  To a large organization, downsizing may be an option, but for many of the over 200,000 small to midsize non-profits in Canada, their only option would be to no longer open their doors to help those in need.”

NPPG Canada is a Group Purchasing Organization that has negotiated discounts and savings on products that charities need and services that non-profits use.  Products like office and shipping supplies, water and energy-efficient equipment, fundraising and database management software all help non-profits become more cost-effective in their roles within their communities.  In addition, background checks, anti-microbial paint, and online employee survey tools all help keep an organization and their volunteers safe and happy.  For a nominal membership fee (as low as $9.99/month), access is given to an extensive list of vendor partners that can offer their discounted products and services, and that means that NPPG Canada members have lots of opportunity to reduce their expenditures.  The money that they would save every year could go a long way to keep programs running and services strong.  The website also provides people with an opportunity to buy gift memberships and donate them to their favourite non-profit, ultimately giving charities far more than the initial amount!

About The Non-Profit Purchasing Group of Canada

NPPG Canada is the only group purchasing organization dedicated exclusively to Canada’s non-profit community.  NPPG Canada is committed to lowering the recurring costs of non-profit organizations by providing its members with discounted rates on their most commonly purchased goods and services. .  NPPG Canada also supports the non-profit community by donating 10 percent of its net income to Canadian charities.  For more information, call 1-888-359-6509 or visit www.nppg.ca.


By Dan Engel | Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Non-Profit Purchasing Group, (www.nonprofitpurchasinggroup.org), the only group purchasing organization dedicated exclusively to non-profit organizations nationwide, announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits (“ANN”) (www.alliancefornevadanonprofits.org). As of November 8, 2010, every nonprofit and sponsor member of ANN will have access to member benefits powered by NPPG.

ANN’s mission is to strengthen communities by increasing the influence and capacity of Nevada’s nonprofit sector. A key component of every state nonprofit association is to provide its members with cost savings to further each nonprofit’s mission. Phil Johncock, Interim Executive Director, said: “we decided to leverage NPPG’s existing vendor base to provide our members with the widest variety of service and supply offerings available to nonprofits. In addition to NPPG’s over 50 vendor partners, NPPG is working with us to allow Nevada service providers to offer their products and services at a discount to ANN’s members through a unique web-page on our site. With this partnership, we get the best of both worlds, and don’t need to use precious resources to build and maintain our own benefits program.”

NPPG CEO Dan Engel added: “We’ve worked very hard this year to provide non-profits nationwide with discounts from 10% to 55% on their most commonly purchased goods and services. We’ve grown from 21 vendor partners at launch to over 50 best-in-class vendor partners today and continue to add more monthly. We are committed to the non-profit sector and believe that through partnerships like the one with ANN, we can reach thousands more non-profits and enable them to stretch their hard-earned dollars.”

For many non-profit associations, federations and management service organizations, offering discounts and cost savings to their constituents (member organizations and chapters) through a group purchasing service is a great way to recruit and support their membership. Without the right scale, however, establishing and maintaining a group purchasing service can be expensive. This is where NPPG can help.

NPPG can create and maintain a private label version of its website that is branded to each association and will immediately open members to new savings and make the association’s branded website their one stop discount shopping destination. ANN is the first association to take advantage of this opportunity. NPPG is negotiating other such contracts and expects to announce contracts with associations that will bring its membership to over 10,000 by January 1, 2011. NPPG can establish a private label site within two weeks.


By Ellie LaCasse | July 21, 2010

Read this terrific blog posted by our Vendor Partner GiftWorks.

GiftWorks Fundraising Blog

By Dan Engel | Tuesday, June 1, 2010

NPPG has added six best-in-class vendor partners, bringing the total number of vendor partners to 43. New vendor partners include:
  • Armada Backup Services
  • Easy Office
  • FoodSource Plus
  • givezooks!
  • Unemployment Services Trust, and
  • Xerox FreeColorPrinter Program
Since its launch in January, NPPG has increased its vendor partner offering from 21, thereby providing members with significantly more value for the same, low, membership fee. NPPG intends to continue to add vendor partners each month, in a move that CEO Dan Engel says "demonstrates our commitment to saving non-profit organizations more money on not only their everyday purchases, but on annual subscriptions and other one-time expenses."

By D. Titus Blackwood, | Monday, April 26, 2010

In early March I received an email from Dan Engel of the Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG). I was intrigued by the idea, but as With Alacrity is a very small nonprofit, the membership price of almost $100 per year was staggering and just not in our budget. Most nonprofits are small, really small, and every penny is thoughtfully spent. I just couldn't see how our organization could access the possibilities offered by this group. So I picked up the phone and called Dan Engel.

Dan called me back within a half hour. And I pleaded our situation. Our annual budget is about $5,000 annually. With our new litter of pups, we need to double our donations and find more ways to save money. I argued for a sliding scale. Dan's experience is mostly with large well funded nonprofits, and he didn't realize how hard or simply how many of us small groups are out here struggling to make a difference. Emails flew, calls exchanged and Dan offered us a discount code while he contemplated a breakdown of how a sliding scale should break out. And then Dan agreed to offer a generous sliding scale and swiftly implemented it. And it's a very good sliding scale, one I can't even ask him to improve. Our potential savings with Office Depot alone are going to make a drastic difference in our financial outlook!

So now is the time to show NPPG the power that small nonprofits have, to spread the word, to share the wealth. Dan has created a tracking code: LLWA  - which is short for Live Life With Alacrity™  for all of us to put in the promo box to show our support of his implementation of a sliding scale. I ask all of you that spread the word to link back to this post. By entering the code in the Promo code box - you will be telling Dan that you appreciate the negotiations that we have made so that small nonprofits can participate in the buying power of a larger group. 


We are very pleased to be a part of NPPG and look forward to a long relationship. We hope that if you join, you will be as happy as we are. But when and if you join, please use the LLWA code to show your appreciation of the sliding scale. We get the same discounts as you receive, nothing else. But by using the LLWA code, you’ll show Dan that small nonprofits appreciate his adjustment of pricing to accommodate our tight budgets.  Thank you Dan! And thank you to all that have read this and are sharing this.


To share post: http://ranchalacrity.blogspot.com/2010/04/support-nppgs-sliding-scale-with-promo.html

By Katherine Gustafson | Wednesday, January 6, 2010 12:08 PM ET

How to help nonprofits? Here's a novel idea: set up a company to sell office supplies and other materials solely to nonprofit organizations at a discount. Use the promise of large-scale purchasing by thousands of nonprofits to negotiate deals with major suppliers, and then pass those discounts on to the organizations that pay the membership fee to sign up. Sounds like a savvy plan. Who knew nonprofits had it in 'em.

The Nonprofit Purchasing Group, which claims to be "the first group purchasing organization dedicated exclusively to non-profit organizations," has opened its cyber-doors to that particular discount-seeking sector, according to a press release. Organizations can find a range of useful goods and services from the companies partnering with the site, including Office Depot, Intuit, SurveyMonkey, Stamps.com, GoToMeeting.com, Hertz and Hyatt Hotels. The site carries a calculator application that shows nonprofits how quickly they'll recoup the membership fee, which the company calls "nominal."

"NPPG is the only one-stop discounted shopping site for non-profits," said CEO Dan Engel. "We have negotiated discounts with name brand national vendors based upon the purchasing power of thousands of non-profit organizations."

As someone who's worked in a lot of nonprofits and knows how tight-fisted they can be with office supplies to save a dime or two, I believe this news will be welcome to many who toil away making this world a better place. Even so, I'd still advise not to let your boss catch you wasting any paper.

By Tolly Moseley, Austin, TX, USA | Tue Jan 12, 2010 07:00 AM ET

One wants to reduce your paper usage, one wants to help non-profits, and yes, one is a big box chain store.

It's 2010, and today's business landscape reflects a burgeoning number of eco-friendly, socially-mindful ventures. But could a big box chain store be one of them?

Below are three companies who want to make the workplace a kinder, greener, and even more "local" place. As the year (and decade) progress, it will be interesting to see how much demand their services garner - and if your own company contacts them for assistance. Seeing as how you probably opened up this post for the mention of Wal-Mart alone, let's start there.


1. Wal-Mart

Apparently wants to go local. I know what you're thinking: "Eek! No! Wal-Mart, local? Pfft!" But here's the deal. A Chicago Wal-Mart just started offering rental space to local mom-and-pop outfits. Currently, a local dog groomer resides there. The company intends to open up more local rental space in their stores all over the country, effectively transitioning Wal-Mart from mega chain store to mega chain store and property provider.

Hmm.

We've discussed Wal-Mart's Sustainability Index here on Planet Green before. The comments we received on that post were generally skeptical, ranging from: "Sigh, smoke and mirrors?" to "Sustainable for whom?" One thing many of you pointed out is how Wal-Mart's supposed commitment to sustainability clashes with their dependence on goods from foreign, very far away countries (i.e. China).

But would Wal-Mart's possible fiefdom model of local businesses change your perception? Would you spend money at a local business housed inside a Wal-Mart? Perhaps most pressing: If you owned a local biz, would you consider shelling out for cheap rental space inside a Wal-Mart?


2. The Neat Company

Let's move into less complicated business territory: Cutting down on paper usage! That's a subject we can pretty much all agree on, and The Neat Company helps you achieve it. Originally born from a receipt digitizing business, The Neat Company now provides hardware and software to help digitize all of your paper files. Once you've installed their products, you can recycle all that paper clutter for good and keep your records in one centralized, searchable place.

"What we have seen in practice is that getting rid of paper becomes contagious, "says Kevin Garton, Chief Marketing Officer at The Neat Company. "Once you become comfortable with the digital copy you begin to look for ways to remove paper from your processes. The IRS accepts digital copies of records for tax purposes, and we know it's a growing trend to do so because it saves money and it's better for the environment."

The Neat Company doesn't just want to digitize your files, though. They aim for offices to reduce ink, power, and time spent on recreating and searching for those elusive paper documents (expense reports, client contracts....take-out menus).

"Our products have a dual value proposition - they are good for the environment because you use less paper, reduce ink usage and reduce power consumption," says Garton. "And, they help companies save money. Digital files are easier to search and find so it's a more efficient type of storage and saves you time by not searching for misplaced documents. Instead of printing or photo copying documents and mailing them, you can scan and email so you save on paper, ink, stamps, fuel, etc."

Will we see more paperless offices in the future? This one seem's like a no-brainer, but then again, maybe not. Will brides embrace paperless, digital stationary for wedding invitations? Will readers set down their novels and embrace the Kindle? I predict The Neat Company has a long, successful run ahead, but I will be even more intrigued to watch the evolution of paper-peddling companies.


3. Non-Profit Purchasing Group

Are you listening, non-profits? Because this is pretty genius. The Non-Profit Purchasing Group offers discounted rates on office supplies and other high-use workplace items, through partnerships with traditional (very much FOR profit) suppliers. Think Office Depot, SurveyMonkey, Stamps.com, GoToMeeting.com, Hertz and Hyatt Hotels. The thinking is this: by harnessing the purchasing power of several non-profits all at once, NPPG is able to offer "group discounts" on the items those of us in the traditional corporate world take for granted: paper clips, envelopes, pens, car rental for business trips, etc.

To get in on the action, an interested non-profit does have to pay a fee to join NPPG. But they'll make it back, and quickly. The site has a saving calculator which totals up just how much you'll save on your office expenses, recouping that fee faster that you can say "Salvation Army."

The only modest suggestion I might have for NPPG is their somewhat ho-hum company name. But! Savings are sexy in and of themselves, so overall, A+ for you, NPPG.

By Annaliese | Wed, 01/13/2010 - 12:41pm

At the end of last year, I was introduced to a new organization, the Non-Profit Purchasing Group (NPPG), which launched this month. Under the direction of Dan Engel, who has a background in the nonprofit sector, NPPG is providing just what its name implies: group purchasing power for nonprofit organizations, in order to cut down on on-going operating costs and make it easier for nonprofits to invest their resources in their missions.

Their current list of vendors includes some companies we know the NTEN community already uses, including Survey Monkey, Constant Contact, GoToMeeting, and GrantStation. We decided to offer NTEN membership to NPPG members, as well.

We welcome NPPG into the sector and hope it helps a lot of nonprofits' 2010 budgets!

By Standard Register
Members to Have Immediate Access to Online Shopping Site | Jan 12, 2010 8:00 AM CST

SAN DIEGO, Calif. & DAYTON, Ohio-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Non-Profit Purchasing Group, the first group purchasing organization dedicated exclusively to non-profit organizations nationwide and Standard Register (NYSE: SR), a document and print management services company, announced today a new strategic relationship that will provide members access to Standard Register’s SMARTworks SimplyPrintTM Web-to-print services and print supplies Web store, SR Direct, at discounted rates.

Non-profits everywhere can now begin optimizing document creation, production and management, while saving on their everyday purchases, through a discounted shopping Web site at www.nonprofitpurchasinggroup.org. From this site, members can access SimplyPrint to create simple, one time print requests directly from the desktop. Leveraging the capabilities of SMARTworks technology, users can also monitor, control and define print spending decisions throughout their organization.

"NPPG is the only one-stop discounted shopping site for non-profits," said CEO Dan Engel. "We have negotiated discounts with name brand national vendors based upon the purchasing power of thousands of non-profit organizations. Through our Web site, non-profits have immediate access to savings online and in retail outlets. Now it is easy for non-profits of any size, with or without employees, to save on their most commonly purchased goods and services."

Standard Register and NPPG will also provide members access to SR Direct which provides print supplies – including a wide selection of ink and toner, labels, secure check stock and more – in a self-service Web-based environment.

"We became a vendor partner with NPPG because we believe that all non-profits should benefit from the same types of document management services available to large corporations," explained Jerry Beigel, president of Standard Register’s Commercial Business Unit. "Like the other vendor partners, we’ve set up a dedicated Web site that streamlines how NPPG members order printed materials and supplies, improving the way they are produced, managed and delivered. We share NPPG’s mission to provide easy access to necessary supplies and services through a one-stop shopping site."

About Standard Register

Standard Register is a premier document services provider, trusted by companies to manage the critical documents they need to thrive in today's competitive climate. Employing nearly a century of industry expertise, Lean Six Sigma methodologies and other leading technologies, the company helps organizations increase efficiency, reduce costs, mitigate risks, grow revenue and meet the challenges of a changing business landscape. The Company offers document and label solutions, technology solutions, consulting and print supply chain services to help clients manage documents throughout their enterprises. More information is available at http://www.standardregister.com.

About Non-Profit Purchasing Group

The Non-Profit Purchasing Group, LLC, is the nation’s only group purchasing organization devoted exclusively to the non-profit community. NPPG is committed to lowering the recurring costs of non-profit organizations by providing its members with discounted rates on their most commonly purchased goods and services. NPPG is also committed to reinvesting in the non-profit community by donating 10 percent of its net income to charity. For more information, call 877.THX.NPPG or visit www.nonprofitpurchasinggroup.org.



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