From: by Laine Seaton Executive Director, Environmental Fund for Arizona
Published March 4, 2010 06:13 AM

Arizona can learn a thing or two from Minnesota!

Minnesota is kicking our butt. No, I’m not talking ice hockey or the fact that they have 10,000 lakes — yes, it’s not just their state motto. Rather, I’m talking about their killer support for their environment — hey, they have 10,000 lakes to keep pristine remember?

But seriously, Minnesota is leaving us in the dust when it comes to supporting the environment through workplace giving. What’s that you ask? Workplace giving is just that — where employees in companies, cities, counties, universities, or really any organization can give to charities through their workplace, usually via payroll deduction. 

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In a little over 15 years, MEF has established itself in 140 campaigns across the state, including private companies as well as cities and counties, and now brings in on average $900,000 in donations annually for its 25 environmental group members. No matter how you slice it, that’s a nice chunk of change for MEF members to help continue their missions.

Now contrast this to how Arizona is matching up....or not.

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