Joe Geiger, an 18-year fixture as executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, or PANO, has announced that he will resign his position at the end of May.
Geiger has served as PANO's executive director since 1995 and helped build the organization from a locally focused association to a statewide one with national recognition, according to a PANO statement.
"It has been my distinct pleasure to work with Joe during the last four years," PANO President Susan Gilmore said. "While we are sad to lose such a beloved and well-respected leader, we wish Joe the very best in his new role and look forward to continuing to serve nonprofits with valuable resources to help them achieve their goals."
PANO credits Geiger with being the proponent who moved the legislature to pass the Purely Public Charities Act of 1997, which defines criteria for tax-exempt status of groups in Pennsylvania.
His accomplishments also include helping Pennsylvania schools to receive Internet connection through the BuildPen Partnership and developing a sister-city relationship with Niigata, Japan, according to PANO.
Geiger also worked with the late Scott Jackson, former CEO of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and board president of Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives, to form the Consortium, which has provided staff and resource sharing for PANO and its members, according to PANO.
Geiger could not yet say where he will be going, but it will be in the Central Pennsylvania nonprofit community.
"It was a good time overall to do something new," he said.
Geiger said he's most proud of his work on tax issues for nonprofits, the connections he made with the Japanese nonprofit community and helping develop standards of excellence for nonprofits.
"Every day we feel like we make a difference," Geiger said.
PANO's board of directors is starting a national search for Geiger's replacement. His last day will be May 31.