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Wright State University Receives $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Education from National Office Furniture

2012-10-23 14:55 ET - News Release

Company Also Supporting Sustainability in Education with Green Apple Day of Service Energy Audit


Company Website: http://www.ir.kimball.com
JASPER, Ind. -- (Business Wire)

National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), is pleased to announce Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, as its fourth Gift of Inspiration for Education winner which includes a $25,000 cash gift. National started the Gift of Inspiration program in 2009 and has donated $160,000 since the program’s inception.

National presents the "Big Check" to Wright State University staff and students. (Photo: Business Wire)

$25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Education Winner, Wright State University
Wright State University is National’s fourth Gift of Inspiration for Education winner. The university plans to use the funds to boost sustainability efforts and programs on campus. They will leverage the money by issuing “challenges” for matching funds for the Office of Sustainability. The funds will be used for projects such as expanding the campus food gardens, recycling programs, community service learning tutoring programs in urban schools and more.

“This Gift of Inspiration from National Office Furniture is a wonderful model of corporate giving. Humbly, we promise to put the gift to good use,” said David R. Hopkins, President, Wright State University.

“We continue to be impressed and inspired by the vision, passion and resourcefulness that students exhibit. We’re very proud to support Wright State’s students and sustainability initiatives with the Gift of Inspiration. We know the students will turn today’s gift into a long lasting positive impact on the environment, campus and community,” said Kevin McCoy, General Manager, National Office Furniture, Vice President, Kimball International.

In addition, the company is supporting sustainability in education by an energy audit at an area high school as part of the Green Apple Day of Service program. Some of National’s resident sustainability experts have volunteered to team up with Jasper High School in Indiana to gather performance metrics on the building to conduct an ASHRAE Level 1 energy audit. National will then assist in analyzing the data as well as provide recommendations on reducing energy usage and creating efficiencies. The Green Apple Day of Service is a nationwide program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council to engage communities and businesses in creating healthier, more sustainable schools.

Gift of Inspiration Program Continues, 4th Annual Gift for Healthcare Announced
The 4th Annual Gift of Inspiration for Healthcare Environments allows healthcare organizations to register to win $25,000 from the office furniture manufacturer. Healthcare organizations can enter now through February 28, 2013, simply by registering at www.NationalOfficeFurniture.com/Healthcare and be automatically entered to win. No purchase is necessary.

About the Gift of Inspiration Program
Drawing upon knowledge from serving key customer markets of education and healthcare, National Office Furniture started its Gift of Inspiration program in 2009 to enable opportunities for educators and healthcare providers to enrich lives and communities. National wanted to do its part in supporting educators, students, caregivers, and care recipients with a chance to provide inspirational, meaningful programs, especially as funding for these important initiatives has been challenged in recent years. National’s program allows the company to give back to these markets with financial gifts that may be used for technology needs, scholarships, enrichment and development programs, or facility enhancements. National has awarded seven Gifts of Inspiration to education and healthcare organizations totaling $160,000 in donations since the program’s inception.

Previous Gift of Inspiration winners include (learn more at our Giving Back page):

  • 2012: $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Healthcare: Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, Orlando, Florida.
  • 2011: $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Education: Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
  • 2011: $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Healthcare: Good Samaritan Hospitals and Clinics, Corvallis, Oregon.
  • 2010: $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Education: Hill College of Hillsboro, Texas.
  • 2010: $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Healthcare: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • 2009: $10,000 Gift of Inspiration for Education: Southwest Middle School of Savannah, Georgia.

About Green Apple:
Green Apple is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at U. S. Green Building Council to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future. At the Center for Green Schools, we know how to create high performing schools that save hundreds of thousands of dollars and provide safer learning environments for our children. But we can’t do it alone. Visit: www.mygreenapple.org

About National Office Furniture:
National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), is a Jasper, Indiana-based manufacturer of high-quality office furnishings. Since 1980, National has built a reputation for excellence with stylish furniture of exceptional value; a dedication to personalized service; product designs that reflect a passion for the user’s comfort and productivity; and a commitment to environmental responsibility. For more information about National and its products, visit: www.NationalOfficeFurniture.com

About Kimball International:
Recognized with a reputation for excellence, Kimball International is committed to a high performance culture that values personal and organizational commitment to quality, reliability, value, speed, and ethical behavior. Kimball employees know they are part of a corporate culture that builds success for Customers while enabling employees to share in the Company’s success through personal, professional and financial growth.

Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) provides a variety of products from its two business segments: the Electronic Manufacturing Services segment and the Furniture segment. The Electronic Manufacturing Services segment provides engineering and manufacturing services which utilize common production and support capabilities to a variety of industries globally. The Furniture segment provides furniture for the office and hospitality industries, sold under the Company’s family of brand names. To learn more about Kimball International, Inc., visit the Company’s website on the Internet at: www.kimball.com

“Kimball International … We Build Success!”

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Contacts:

National Office Furniture
Nick Blessinger, 812-481-6589
Marketing Communication Manager
Nick.Blessinger@NationalOfficeFurniture.com

Source: Kimball International, Inc.

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