news - Background Image


Back to Foundation News  >

President and CEO of First Nonprofit Announces Retirement

Takeaway: After 48 years of service in the education and not-for-profit industries, Joe Geiger has announced his retirement as President and CEO of the First Nonprofit Foundation effective December 31, 2021.

December 12, 2021 – Joe Geiger, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Nonprofit Foundation, is announcing his retirement after 48 years of service in the education and not-for-profit industries. With a profound sense of gratitude and accomplishment, the board wishes him farewell after a successful tenure.

Joe wishes to extend his heartfelt thanks to the entire First Nonprofit family, especially to Phil Warth and John Jorgensen, for their outstanding support and camaraderie through the years. He is looking forward to golfing, traveling, and finally attending all the high school and college sports his heart desires.

He began his career as an educator, teaching Comprehensive Social Studies at Southern Columbia Area High School in Pennsylvania. He continued his distinguished career at Duquesne University, where he taught the graduate program for leadership and business ethics.

Joe also served on many boards and committees throughout the years. These include the board for the Big 33 Scholarship Foundation; the Duquesne University Capital Region Advisory Board; National Standards for Excellence Board; Governor’s Rehabilitation Advisory Committee; the Civil Justice Coalition; the Bloomsburg University of PA Alumni Board; and the Board of Directors for the National Head Injury Foundation, where he chaired the Ethics Committee for the National Head Injury Foundation State Associations; the C3 Publications; the American Trauma Society – PA Division; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – OVR Project; Penn State University – Rehabilitation Department; the Harrisburg Area YMCA; and the Oakmont V Homeowner’s Association Board, as its President. Joe is also a Past President for the Lower Paxton Township Lion’s Club and served on the DELTA Communities Board. Additionally, he has served on the FNICs boards for more than 25 years, acting as its Chair for 6 years, and has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations Emeritus Society and the Lancaster Catholic High School Athletic Wall of Honor.

According to John Jorgensen, during his tenure with First Nonprofit, they awarded over 8 million dollars in grants to over 200 individual grantees. John continued to say that since Joe worked from the grantee side initially, he understood the process and pitfalls and “made it as simple as possible for worthy foundations to apply for grants.”

“The industries of education and not-for-profit work are so important in this country. It’s been an honor to have served in both.” – Joe Geiger

About First NonProfit:

First Nonprofit (FNP) provides state-compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) requirements for nonprofit, governmental, and tribal entities. We are, and have been, the nationwide leader in providing the greatest variety, most unique and enduring programs for managing state unemployment reimbursing risk for over two decades.

Please direct questions or media inquiries to Harry Schlachter, [email protected]