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About this project

***Quick note about our video: this video was created prior to the Kickstarter campaign. Through Kickstarter, we aim to raise $30,000; total project budget is $225,000.

The Portland Community ToolBank is a not-for-profit tool lending program that will serve nonprofits by putting high-quality tools (ladders, drills, saws, hoes, shovels, etc.) in the hands of the volunteers who are painting schools; building ramps for injured veterans; repairing seniors’ roofs; landscaping public spaces; and more−guaranteeing that every volunteer is equipped with the tools they need to get the job done.

Our vast inventory will be available year-round to charitable organizations such as:
• Tax exempt organizations
• Schools and PTAs/PTOs
• Neighborhood associations
• Faith-based groups
• Civic organizations
• Government agencies

These organizations have the vision to carry out renovations, clean-ups, and other projects, yet the prohibitive cost of buying, storing, and maintaining tools often put those efforts out of reach. With access to the ToolBank, organizations pay a nominal fee to borrow tools from our highly diverse and stocked inventory, reducing the cost of service and maintenance projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their limited resources on their mission.

Agencies pay a small handling fee to borrow ToolBank tools, which is equivalent to 3% of the retail value of each tool borrowed per week. For example, an agency borrows 30 rakes for 1 week. Rakes are valued in our tool ordering system at $9.98 each. The tool handling fee for 1 rake is $0.2994 per week. The total tool handling fee is $8.98.

$8.98 = 0.03 (handling fee) x 9.98 (retail value of one rake) x 30 (quantity) x 1 (number of weeks)

We are set to move into our warehouse/office space December 1, 2014 (see our space below). We have been submitting grants to acquire the critical tools required before we can open our doors to the community. It's been tough: most grant funders require non-profits to be operational; however, we will persevere and continue to apply for grant monies! Right now we are in dire need to purchase critical tools, furnish the office space, and build out a utility room to maintain and clean tools so they are in excellent condition for every tool order. Your monies will be used to purchase the following: tools and equipment for lending; washer/dryer to keep hundreds of work gloves clean; dedicated warehouse computer and printer for tool check in/checkout; and essential office furniture and equipment. 

Portland Community ToolBank warehouse/office space
Portland Community ToolBank warehouse/office space

The Portland ToolBank is a resource to charitable organizations−a sector that typically faces a scarcity of resources. Our goals are to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve which facilitates hands-on volunteerism in the greater Portland/Vancouver area and empowers volunteer groups to perform larger, more ambitious, and more frequent service projects which benefits our citizens and communities.

An investment in the ToolBank provides capital needed to purchase large quantities of tools such as shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, trash grabbers, etc. that are loaned to organizations like United Way, Hands on Greater Portland, Portland Parks Foundation, and etc. Each year, tools in the hands of local nonprofits plant hundreds of trees, clear countless trails, clean our rivers and streets, and provide our community the opportunity to be good stewards of the environment. The very nature of our tool-lending program is predicated on reuse of tools rather than constant purchasing. This method leads to increased use of individual tools and a reduction in overall consumption of tools purchased new. ToolBank is a steward of reusable resources.

Goals for the first year of the Portland ToolBank (based on the four operational ToolBanks' record of performance):

1. In the ToolBank’s first year, 10,000 Portland area volunteers will be equipped with tools to complete projects. Measurement: Member agency usage of tools and their volunteers equipped will be tracked by the ToolBank’s tool inventory management system.

2. Portland area nonprofits will save more than $140,000 by borrowing (instead of purchasing) $150,000 worth of tools in the first year of the ToolBank’s operation. Measurement: Member agency volume and value of tools borrowed will be tracked and compared against the retail cost of tools borrowed.

3. Portland area nonprofits will place 150 tool orders from the ToolBank in its first year. Measurement: Member agency usage of tools and their projects completed will be tracked by the ToolBank’s tool inventory management system.

The Portland ToolBank is an affiliate of ToolBank USA, the Atlanta-based parent organization of the new national network of ToolBanks. The Portland ToolBank is modeled after the highly successful Atlanta Community ToolBank, which has served greater Atlanta’s not-for-profit sector for more than 20 years. Though an affiliate of the ToolBank network, the Portland ToolBank is independently operated, governed by a local board of directors, and relies solely on local funding to fulfill its mission.

In total, nine ToolBanks have been established in cities around the nation. ToolBanks are operational in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, and Houston; planning to open doors by Q'4 2014/Q'1 2015 in Portland (OR), Phoenix; and Richmond (VA); and in procurement in Chicago.

Panormic view of what our warehouse will eventually look like
Panormic view of what our warehouse will eventually look like
We will house high quality, large quantities, and 150 different tool types
We will house high quality, large quantities, and 150 different tool types
These are some of the types of tools our ToolBank will have
These are some of the types of tools our ToolBank will have
Volunteers will utilize our tools for landscaping, fixing roofs, installing ramps, building playgrounds and parks, cleaning trails/streams, and much more
Volunteers will utilize our tools for landscaping, fixing roofs, installing ramps, building playgrounds and parks, cleaning trails/streams, and much more

 Visit our site to learn more: www.portland.toolbank.org

Risks and challenges

We anticipate a December 1, 2014, facility move in date with tenant improvements beginning soon after. We may encounter tenant improvements delays. We feel that March 2, 2015, is an achievable date to officially open for the community and begin lending tools. We ask for your grace and understanding if we do open a bit later than anticipated. Be sure to follow our journey on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as the Portland Community ToolBank comes to fruition.

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