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Surplus Exchange

  • Kansas City, MO
  • www.surplusexchange.org

Mission Statement

The Surplus Exchange is a nonprofit that diverts electronics and commercial furniture from landfills through reuse and responsible recycling.

Main Programs

  1. Community Recycling
  2. ConnectHomeKC
  3. Donation Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

MO - Clay County

ruling year

1985

Principal Officer since 2017

Self-reported

Ms. Tina Krstulic

Keywords

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recycling, recycle computer, surplus, e-waste, ConnectHomeKC, landfill, environment, electronic recycling, computers, office furniture, supplies, Google Fiber, Google, FEC, digital divide, donate, computer donation

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EIN

43-1328139

 Number

4666616047

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Recycling (C27)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In the last 12 months, we have recycled over 2 million pounds of electronics. We have improved the triage process to find more reusable items allowing us to donate more refurbished computers and electronics to area nonprofits, new businesses, and low income members of the community. We have donated computer labs to YouthBuildKCK, The Joseph Foundation, Urban Rangers and Swope Geriatric Center as well as to Kansas City area residents in need and made furniture donations to Swope Geriatric Center, The Joseph Foundation and Connecting for Good.We provide free office supplies and other materials to teachers with valid school district ID's. They are allowed to take as many materials they need.We have eWaste drop-off containers at the Overland Park Recycling Center, Lee's Summit Resource Recovery Park, and the Kearney Recycling Drop-off Center. The response has been great. The Overland Park container alone collects 2,500 pounds of eWaste each week.Reuse will remain our emphasis for 2017. Reuse is environmentally responsible and the best option for retired IT products. The Surplus Exchange can impact the community greater by redeploying these products.As a partner of the ConnectHomeKC program we have placed 1,000+ computers in public housing communities in Kansas City, Missouri. We are working with the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Google fiber, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other nonprofit organizations to provide low-income families the opportunity to have access to the internet, computers and accessories and technology training, lessening the digital divide. This program needs 1,900 computers to reach our goal. We are working with the Full Employment Council to teach individuals technical skills to take back to their communities as well as earn a paycheck with options to go on to earn certification through our nonprofit partners.

Programs

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Program 1

Community Recycling

Recycling electronics has not always been easy for consumers. The Surplus Exchange visits 10 counties across the Kansas City Metro area for e-Waste drop-off events. The Surplus Exchange accepts donations free of charge* at these drop-off events. *The only fee charged to consumers is for tube TV and computer monitors (CRT based products). These products are very expensive to recycle, so this minimal fee offsets the cost for Surplus Exchange not to absorb these costs. Over the last year, CRT donations have increased and while increasing fees for the consumer would keep us from losing money for recycling, we fear that increasing costs would deter citizens from recycling and throw their TV's/computer monitors into the garbage, ultimately ending up in our landfills. Items collected at these drop-off events are either refurbished and donated or sold through our tech shop inside the Surplus Exchange warehouse or through online sales.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

ConnectHomeKC

ConnectHomeKC is a collaborative program between the City of Kansas City, MO, Google fiber, Connecting for Good, KC Digital Drive and the Full Employment Council (FEC) and is supported by the White House and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program's goal is to place 1,900 computers and broadband internet in Kansas City, MO public housing communities. The Surplus Exchange collects, refurbishes and installs the computers needed for the program. We provide logistical support, data security, testing, and job training for the workers needed for this program. FEC workers learn hands-on IT technical skills; testing, breaking down and rebuilding computers. We are working to keep the cost per computer at $75. Commerce Bank has pledged 100 computers to the program and the City of Kansas City, MO. will donate their retired IT materials for use. To meet the goals of this program, we need more computers and external funding to cover all program costs.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Donation Program

The Surplus Exchange accepts donations from corporate institutions, nonprofits and the public of household electronics, surplus office furniture and supplies, and IT related materials. We then refurbish what is salvageable or recycle all donations. Donations of electronics and furniture are made available to other nonprofits, small and/or new businesses, and the general public at deeply discounted prices. Office/school supplies are offered for free to teachers with valid school district ID's. Through our community outreach efforts, refurbished electronics and furniture are used in donation programs across the Kansas City Metro area.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

MO - Clay County

Funding Needs

For the ConnectHomeKC we need computers, most received through community business donation. Each one costs $75 to refurbish using the strictest of data security standards. Surplus Exchange contributes $25 per computer. Project partners match our donation, leaving $25 needing to be funded.The Surplus Exchange has two 24 ft box trucks with lift gates that need replacing. Repair costs have increased and now replacing the gates is the most cost effective. Each costs $3,500 for purchase and installation. The trucks are well maintained and have low mileage.The commodities market has fallen over 25% in the last two years, no longer covering our operating costs. We have made changes to our standard operating procedures and have seen improvements in cost reduction. To continue our mission we need outside funding. We're looking to establish multiple revenue streams to expand and create more jobs.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Ms. Tina Krstulic

BIO

Ms. Krstulic has worked in the electronics recycling industry at both a certified electronics recycler and at a certified recycling facility. She has worked with cities across the Metro to hold recycling events at such places as the Chiefs and Royals stadiums. She has relationships with many community nonprofits and serves on multiple environmental and recycling board of directors.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Jennifer Tubbesing

American Academy of Family Physicians

Term: Dec 2015 - Dec 2018

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