Because nonprofits are focused on programs and the people they serve, often operating on a shoestring, they frequently occupy older buildings that waste energy, water and other resources, pulling money away from mission-critical services. Nonprofit buildings contribute approximately 20% of our primary energy consumption in the United States, but the capacity for savings in their facilities, both financially and environmentally, is tremendous. That’s where the GoodUse program comes in.

GoodUse helps nonprofits reduce utility costs and reinvest those savings into their programs. Our generous funders make it possible for us to provide technical assistance, education and matching grants to nonprofit partners, applying them to facility and operational upgrades that increase resource efficiency, lower expenses and improve indoor health. To make these positive changes last, Southface engineers identify areas for high-impact energy and water savings and indoor air improvements, assist with project implementation and ensure upgrades are delivering results. By reducing operating costs, GoodUse builds capacity within our partner organizations so they can focus on their mission and better serve their communities.

Founding Philanthropic Partner

Strategic Philanthropic Partners

IMPACT: SAVING ENERGY, WATER AND MONEY

communities impacted
children positively impacted at Boys and Girls Clubs
additional meals served per year at Feeding America food banks.
gallons of water saved – more than 76 Olympic-size swimming pools
metric tons CO2 emissions reduced
kWh energy savings

GoodUse Reach

Working across
26 States

Application Timeline

Interested in becoming a partner? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Eligibility Requirements and then complete our eligibility survey by clicking on the Apply button below to see if your organization is a good fit.

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Deadline Review Decision
October 2nd, 2020 October 5th – November 13th, 2020 November 18th, 2020
February 5th, 2021 February 8th – March 19th, 2021 March 24th, 2021
June 4th, 2021 June 7th – July 16th, 2021 July 21st, 2021
  • “The reality is if you engage with the program and focus on the money you can save, it can truly help nonprofits achieve their core mission.”

    JACKSON MCQUIGG

    Atlanta History Center
  • “The savings on utilities enable us to add needed program supplies, hire additional staff and help us raise money to secure additional needs for our Clubs.”

    ROBBIE SLOCUMB

    Chief Professional Officer Boys and Girls Club of Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Counties
  • “Without Southface in Georgia, the program wouldn’t work, not without the expertise. What Southface brings to this is also the passion. Without both, GoodUse wouldn’t be successful.”

    STEVE LEEDS

    Advisory Committee
  • “Getting the assessment done; having someone come in and think more comprehensively was right on time for us. It makes you feel confident about your next steps.”

    SUSAN KIDD

    Agnes Scott College
  • “It elevated the desire to be an environmental steward and made you feel like there was someone arming you with the tools you needed to go further.”

    AISHAH PACHECO

    Ballethnic

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