The S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank is a unique project that distributes, free of charge, donations of surplus inventory from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and others to homeless service agencies throughout Los Angeles County.
Shelter Partnership reinforces the provision of basic assistance through the immensely successful S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank project. Established in 1989, the project has secured new donated goods from over 600 companies, and has distributed over $210 million worth of goods to more than 550 agencies that serve the homeless and very poor. Examples of goods are toilet paper, personal hygiene products, linens, clothing, diapers, toys, baby products, cleaning products, and so much more. By meeting immediate needs, the project enables participating agencies to focus their energy and scarce resources on case management, support services, and organizational capacity-building.
The success of the S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank lies in its ability to solicit, collect, sort and distribute large amounts of new goods, and in our ability to leverage our resources. It costs us less than five cents to distribute a dollar’s worth of goods. The vast majority of donors are corporations. The benefits of participation include above-cost tax deductions, positive public relations, and the opportunity to free-up warehouse space and participate in corporate philanthropy.
The project is operated out of a secure and fully operational 108,000 square foot warehouse in the City of Bell. Shelter Partnership is now the proud owner this warehouse. We received the deed free of charge under Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. All donations are physically inventoried and the data on these goods entered in a computerized system. Annual audits are conducted by an outside accounting firm to maintain the integrity of the information contained in our database.
The project only accepts new items and we often solicit on a large scale. Our donors include small businesses, individuals, and many fortune 500 companies. We receive new items such as clothing, underwear and sleepwear; shoes and socks; new toys and books; personal hygiene products; paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissue and diapers; office supplies; household products; cleaning supplies; mattresses, mattress covers, comforters, pillows, blankets; furniture, and more. By receiving these items through our S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank, at no cost or administrative fee, the agencies are able to use more of their funding for direct services, and use less time trying to secure these items themselves. The agencies distribute the goods to their clients free of charge to help them meet their basic needs.
Our Community Partners are 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations located in Los Angeles County that primarily serve families and individuals who are homeless, recently homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless. These organizations address homelessness in a variety of ways. Agencies include emergency shelters, outreach programs, interim and transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for people who are homeless. Our Community Partners serve homeless veterans, domestic violence survivors, people with disabilities and some agencies serving foster and emancipated youth in residential programs. Since 1989, we have served over 550 unduplicated community agencies and continuously look to grow our thriving program.
To become a Community Partner your organization must satisfy all of the following:
1. Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in good standing.
2. Serve residents of Los Angeles County.
3. Primarily serve homeless families and individuals or people living in poverty.
4. Demonstrate financial sustainability.
5. Offer services for free.
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