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Social Profit Handbook Highlights ECC Rubric for Creating Sustainability Impact

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The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations by David Grant offers organizations and businesses new ways to assess their impact using a qualitative assessment tool, the rubric

The book is aimed at those who lead, govern and support what Grant calls “social profit organizations” – his preferred alternative to “nonprofits.” It offers them “a better way to understand and communicate the point of our work,” management consultant and author Susan Kenny Stevens says in the forward.

For GreenFaith, a faith-based environmental organization, the rubric was a steppingstone to creation of the nation's first interfaith environmental certification program, for example. 

In the chapter on Rubrics for Sustainability, ECC President and CEO Denise Fairchild describes how using the rubric has helped ECC advance its goals: “The rubric helps us to organize our work and our coalitions within and across our local sites…[It] gives us greater capacity, locally and nationally, to find the right points of leverage for the transformation we seek, and it will enhance our ability to muster the right tools and resources to achieve it.”

Fairchild adds that using the rubric has clarified the strategic importance of ECC’s local policy work in areas such as utility reform and carbon reduction legislation as a complement to ECC projects in energy efficiency retrofits of public, institutional and multi-family buildings.

Copies of The Social Profit Handbook are available for purchase from a number of sources, including Amazon (type in title) and Chelsea Green Publishing, which offers bulk discounts on orders of more than 10 copies (contact Darrell Koerner at DKoerner@chelseagreen.com).

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