Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

Today I typed in "the first nonprofit to" unearthing the following trivia:

  • In 2006, following extensive research into the educational potential of virtual worlds, Global Kids became the first nonprofit to develop a dedicated space for conducting programming in the virtual world of Teen Second Life (TSL)
  • Dr. Bergin invented the concept of the Service Dog to assist people with mobility impairments in 1975. At that time she founded the first nonprofit to train and place Service Dogs. Dr. Bergin also founded the Assistance Dog Institute. ADI continues to break new ground in helping dogs help people — you'll be amazed at what you and your dog can do together once you've read this book.
  • Last year, we at AJC became the first nonprofit to help our employees buy fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • Goodwill Industries, the first nonprofit to accept vehicle donations back in 1978
  • United eWay recently focused efforts on becoming the first nonprofit to utilize SMS/text messaging technology to engage volunteers and donors.
  • [The Peace Corps] created the first newspaper for teachers and was the first nonprofit to institute a non-smoking policy
  • The group says it is the first nonprofit to own and run a major timber operation in the state.
  • "Virtual reality surgical simulation is ophthalmic training in the 21st century. It is only natural that ORBIS, with 25 years experience training eye surgeons and an innovator in the field of blindness prevention, would be the first nonprofit to use this high-tech technology to fight global blindness," explained Dr Eugene Helveston, ORBIS Ophthalmologist-in-Chief.
  • In early 2000, New Leaders became the first nonprofit to win an award in the Harvard Business School's annual business plan contest.