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Give 5 Executive Director Greg Burris says the program gives volunteer coaches the chance to use past business experience to help others.
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Give 5 Executive Director Greg Burris says the program gives volunteer coaches the chance to use past business experience to help others.

United Way partners with Great Game, Give 5 on nonprofit program

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Last edited 1:27 p.m., Jan. 17, 2019

United Way of the Ozarks and its Give 5 program are partnering with The Great Game of Business Inc. on a pilot program providing financial sustainability assistance to nonprofits.

The organizations this morning announced they would fund five graduates of the Give 5 program to become certified coaches for the Great Game for Social Sectors, which provides financial education for nonprofits, according to a news release.

“We are proud to see The Great Game of Business partner with Give 5 and United Way to invest time and money to provide entrepreneurial scholarships and mentorship to local charities to achieve goals never dreamed possible," said Jack Stack, Great Game founder and SRC Holdings Corp. CEO, in the release.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southwest Missouri, Council of Churches of the Ozarks, the Discovery Center, Ozarks Regional YMCA and The Victim Center were chosen to each receive scholarships of $5,685, mostly offsetting the $6,675 cost for the Great Game for Social Sectors Jumpstart Program. The scholarships are mostly funded through United Way’s entrepreneurial fund.

“We still want organizations to invest in the game,” United Way President and CEO Debi Meeds said in the release.

Give 5, which started as a city program before transferring to United Way, connects retired or nearly retired baby boomers in Greene County with volunteer opportunities.

The coaches from Give 5 will assist the nonprofits with financial literacy, employee retention, the creation of a cohesive team and community impact, according to the release. The coaches are Bill Griffiths for Discovery Center, Tina McManus for CASA, Ron Penney for The Victim Center and Mark Ringenberg for Council of Churches, said United Way spokeswoman Jill Finney.

“Becoming a Great Game coach is a meaningful way for Give 5 alumni to make a lasting impact on the organization while using their past executive and/or business experience,” said Greg Burris, Give 5 executive director, in the release.

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