With the rising costs of living and static wages growth in Australia, the demand on the services of community not-for-profit organisations is rapidly increasing. Recognising this, Bec and I decided that Ecoprofit would donate $1 from the sale of every carbon offset to selected not-for-profit community groups to fund the installation of renewables and energy efficiency systems. This allows those organisations to divert financial resources from energy costs to their core missions.
Further, carbon offset programs are frequently based in developing countries, a long way from Australia. Being so spatially distant, the good work done there is often discounted. By funding local community projects in renewables and energy efficiency, clients are involved in helping locally as they go carbon neutral.
The first Sunshine Project was to raise funds to put a 5kW solar system on the rent-free premise provided by Uniting Church, Katoomba and used by Earth Recovery, a not-for-profit being overwhelmed by people-in-need in the Upper Blue Mountains. With the help of grant funding from Rotary, Ecoprofit was able to acquire the solar system and project manage its successful installation.
Since then, we have formed a not-for-profit Sunshine Project for Community Inc, dedicated to facilitating Sunshine Projects. The current project is to assist Gateway Family Services. Click here for more information.
SPFC is ready to receive enquiries from not-for-profit organisations right across Australia that may be interested in being part of the Sunshine Project.