Boston Building Materials Coop Charitable & Educational Fund

aka Boston Building Resources - Reuse Center   |   Boston, MA   |  http://www.bostonbuildingresources.com

Mission

To help low- and moderate-income homeowners and nonprofits repair and care for their homes and buildings affordably, while also benefiting the environment by diverting reusable materials from landfills.

Ruling year info

1982

Principal Officer

Mr. Matthew St. Onge

Main address

100 Terrace Street

Boston, MA 02120 USA

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Formerly known as

Building Materials Resource Center

EIN

04-2749815

NTEE code info

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Recycling (C27)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Affordable housing continues to be a critical need in the Boston area. Housing is a key factor in economic mobility and closing the racial wealth gap. Successful homeownership plays an important part in people’s ability to enjoy stable and prosperous lives as they invest themselves in their communities and maintain a firm foundation for their children to prosper. Approximately 85% of Reuse Center materials are sold to low- and moderate-income customers and grassroots nonprofit organizations. Our customers are homeowners who, although they have managed to purchase a home, struggle to keep up with the maintenance and repairs due to escalating real estate taxes, insurance, and utility costs. Having a source of affordable building materials makes it possible for them to complete more projects within the same limited budget, preventing homes from falling into disrepair and helping homeowners to stay in their homes over the long term.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Reuse Center

The Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources provides lower-income homeowners with the materials and assistance they need to be successful, long-term homeowners, which will enable them to achieve a higher level of economic independence, build their wealth, and improve their lives; and at the same time prevents the needless disposal of perfectly good building materials into landfills and deliver them into the hands of needy homeowners and nonprofits.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Best of Boston Home 2010

Boston Magazine

Mayor's Greenovate Award 2017

City of Boston

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To allow low- and moderate-income homeowners and nonprofit organizations to maintain and repair their homes and buildings affordably, while keeping reusable materials out of the waste stream.

Accept donations of good-quality, reusable building materials and make them available at affordable prices.Provide home improvement workshops so homeowners can learn to do the work themselves and to work effectively with contractors.

We operate a Reuse Center where good-quality used and new building supplies are available at affordable prices. The Reuse Center is open six days per week.Customers who meet our income guidelines receive a substantial discount on prices -- generally 33% off all materials from the Reuse Center.Between 30 and 40 workshops are offered each year, teaching hands-on skills as well as knowledge of how a building's systems work (heating, electrical, plumbing) and how to work with a contractor.

In 2020, we served 1,462 income-qualified homeowners and nonprofit customers. This number is atypically low due both to the covid-19 pandemic and also to a major renovation project that limited sales while we were housed in a small, temporary facility. Materials valued at more than $1.1 million were diverted from disposal in 2020, and donations of materials were received from 1,063 donors. A major building renovation, completed in March 2021, has expanded our capacity to receive donated materials and to sell them affordably.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Boston Building Materials Coop Charitable & Educational Fund

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rick Ames

Next Phase Studios Architects

Term: 2012 - 2022

Marcia Peters

Attorney, Private Practice

Marsha Smith

Boston Public Schools

Rick Ames

Next Phase Studios

Ann Finnerty

Architect

Deanne Dupont

Food Link

Rashmi Ramaswamy

Architect

Sonia Allon-Singh

US General Services Admin

Abner Bonilla

US Postal Service

John Douglass

Mechanical Solutions

Nick Pieri

Thoughtforms

Robert Dickerson

Woodchuck's Building & Home Center

Michael Orbank

Commodore Builders

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/9/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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