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EALgreen

Empowering Access to Higher Education Through Supporting a Circular Economy

aka EALgreen   |   Glen Ellyn, IL   |  www.ealgreen.org

Mission

Empowering Education via Effective Surplus Resource Management EAL's unique model manages corporate surplus inventory donations while building strategic partnerships with colleges and universities. This partnership creates opportunities for funding scholarships, reaching students grappling with socio-economic challenges.

Notes from the nonprofit

Unlocking Tomorrow’s Education through Today's Surplus We take great pride in presenting a concise yet comprehensive snapshot of EALgreen, encapsulating our identity, our mission, and our approach. Empowering Education via Effective Surplus Resource Management EAL has mastered the art of efficiently managing corporate surplus inventory donations while carefully aligning with colleges as strategic partners. This deliberate choice empowers selected educational institutions to offer scholarships, ultimately reaching students grappling with socio-economic challenges. EAL stands as a unique non-profit organization, boldly transforming the traditional product donation process through an integral approach: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Remarket, Recycle. This innovative strategy fosters shared value by not only minimizing waste but also promoting shared prosperity. EAL's Shared Value Approach benefits multiple stakeholders; more than 21,000 students have received scholarships since 1982.

Ruling year info

1982

President & CEO

Ms. Claudia Freed

Main address

PO Box 3021

Glen Ellyn, IL 60138 USA

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Formerly known as

Educational Assistance, Ltd.

ASSISTANCE, LTD.

EIN

36-3166932

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

EALgreen believes in a global community in which all individuals can improve their lives through education. To achieve this outcome, EALgreen works with corporate donors and colleges and universities in a unique partnership converting excess and obsolete business inventory into financial aid. Whether to improve the management of excess inventory in the supply chain or to fulfill corporate citizenship goals, EALgreen's corporate and college partners add value to the economy, society, and the environment creating constructive, lasting change.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

INVENTORY SCHOLARSHIPS

EALgreen facilitates the funding of scholarships for college and university students with financial need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

EALgreen's model solves the problem of surplus management for manufacturers and industrial equipment distribution centers by accepting tax deductible donations of inventory to create scholarships. Products that meet re-use conditions are redistributed to colleges for use on their campuses. Products not fit for re-use are repaired or converted to cash. The cash raised is used to fund EAL's self funding model and the annual Board of Trustees' Cash Scholarship Program which funds additional scholarship for students with financial need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Empowering Education via Effective Surplus Resource Management
EAL has mastered the art of efficiently managing corporate surplus inventory donations while carefully selecting colleges as strategic partners. This deliberate choice empowers selected educational institutions to offer scholarships, ultimately reaching students grappling with socio-economic challenges.

Transforming Philanthropy with Shared Value for Nearly Half a Century
Redesigning Product Donation for Sustainable Impact
EAL stands as a unique non-profit organization, boldly transforming the traditional product donation process through an integral approach: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Remarket, Recycle. This innovative strategy fosters shared value by not only minimizing waste but also promoting shared prosperity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Notable Leaders in Sustainability 2022

Crain's Chicago Business

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Affiliations & memberships

Reverse Logistics Association 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Dollar value of inventory scholarships created.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Related Program

INVENTORY SCHOLARSHIPS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These dollar values represent the amount of scholarship assistance created by EALgreen's network of college and university partners through donated equpment, supplies and other goods.

Dollar value of monetary scholarships awarded.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Related Program

Cash Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These dollar values represent the direct monetary scholarship assistance awarded by EALgreen to its network of college and university partners by authorization of its Board of Directors.

Percent of EALgreen Scholars who graduate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Related Program

INVENTORY SCHOLARSHIPS

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

EALgreen is gathering outcomes data on the graduation rates of students recognized as EAL Scholars. This percent reflects data of the most active partners as EAL creates a scalable process.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Social and economic status, Work status and occupations

Related Program

Surplus Inventory Business Solution

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This unit of measure is metric tons.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

EALgreen's goals focus on its triple bottom line and its leadership in the circular economy:
#1) To create opportunities for students with financial need to receive scholarships to offset their expenses in obtaining a baccalaureate degree
#2) To identify campuses that can use donated gifts in kind or resellers that will purchase the inventory lots and repurpose the goods.
#3) To assist colleges and universities in reducing expenses by aligning opportunities for donors to give tangible goods with operating units budgeted acquisitions (beyond campuses' physical plants), e.g., the arts, health centers, transportation, and fleet management.

EALgreen's strategy leverages long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships with corporate donors, colleges and universities. The ideal partnerships of both donors and campuses engage those who practice social responsbility and bring innovation to their program delivery and interaction with their cnstitutencies. The organization will need to expand its campus relationships horizontally to build a working understanding of budget administrators--the arts, health centers, transportation, and fleet management--who purchase goods for their respective units. As EALgreen expands demand for product donations, the EALgreen team members with responsibility for cultivating corporate donors will be seeking new manufacturers and industrial equipment suppliers to fulfill this the items delineated on this continually developing "wish list."

By implementing a distinctive mission on the foundation of unique business plan, EALgreen's leadership has been able to remain true to its core values and to demonstrate resourcefulness for its mutually-dependent constituencies. Word-of-mouth referrals that characterized outreach for both new higher education members and corporate donors for most of the organization's three and a half decades, as a result of the strategic planning process, is being strengthened by new marketing, social media and public relations strategies.

EAL's strategic plan updated in 2019 resulted in the opening of a second fulfillment center in Carlsbad, California. To scale our growth, in FY2022 we completed a digital transformation with an Oracle/NetSuite-enabled ERP system. This new capability has transformed the way in which we deliver value to our donors and partners increasing our efficiency, transparency, and social and environmental metrics. By 2025, we plan to reach a new milestone by having provided financial assistance to 25,000 college students by converting surplus inventory into financial aid, generating value and opportunity from excess materials previously destined for the landfill.

Since 1982, EAL has mastered the art of efficiently managing corporate surplus inventory donations while carefully aligning with colleges as strategic partners. This deliberate choice empowers selected educational institutions to offer scholarships, ultimately reaching students grappling with socio-economic challenges.

EAL stands as a unique non-profit organization, boldly transforming the traditional product donation process through an integral approach: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Remarket, Recycle. This innovative strategy fosters shared value by not only minimizing waste but also promoting shared prosperity.

EAL's Shared Value Approach: Impact Across Dimensions
Economic, Social, and Environmental Benefits
EAL's Shared Value Approach extends its influence across economic, social, and environmental dimensions, benefiting multiple stakeholders.
Value for Companies: EAL offers an array of advantages, including tax deductions, reduced waste costs, and significant CSR benefits.
Value for Colleges: Partnering with EAL provides access to discounted equipment and opportunities to fund scholarships, creating a positive cycle of support.
Value for the Environment: EAL's impact resonates with environmental enthusiasts as it diverts resources away from landfills, contributing to a more sustainable world.
Pillars of Excellence
EAL's core values underpin our mission and actions, shaping our commitment to a better future:
Empowerment through Education: We firmly believe in the transformative power of education, aiming to uplift individuals and communities.
Exceptional Service to Partners: Our dedication to providing exceptional service ensures seamless, mutually beneficial collaborations with our partners.
Care for the Planet: Environmental stewardship is paramount to us. We actively reduce waste, minimize our carbon footprint, and advocate for sustainable practices.
Stewardship of Our Business Model: We take pride in responsibly managing our unique business model, safeguarding its longevity and positive impact.
Adaptability and Resilience: EAL's four-decade journey is a testament to our adaptability and resilience. We continually evolve to meet the shifting needs of our diverse stakeholders.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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EALgreen

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Karen Belling

Wheaton College, Director Financial Aid

Term: 2021 - 2024

Elaine Cartier

Ciena, Sr Director Digital Transformation

Lauren Williams

Imbibe Beverage Innovation, VP Sales & Marketing

Karen Belling

Wheaton College - Director of Financial Aid

Pamela Bozeman

New Moms - COO

David Tretter

Federation Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, Executive Director

Terry B. Hatfield

Retired - Ralston/Purina, DuPont Protein Technologies

Jason Manning

Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP - Partner

Harikumar Pillai

Illinois Student Assistance Commission - Manager Information Security

Freed Claudia

EALgreen

Dr. Gregory K Morris

Partner, MorrisHuml, LLC

Steven Hoselton

Senior Manager, Corporate Facilities - WW Grainger

Steve Morris

General Manager, Sweet and Beverage Flavors - Sensient Technologies

Sam Nelson

Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Director Capacity Management

Noel Navarro

RubinBrown LLP, Manager of Experienced Recruiting

Bairie Nichols

Walpert Properties, CFO

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.