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
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 over $205 million in new
donated goods from over 600 companies, and has distributed over $190 million to
more than 500 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
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, and for them, 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.
No goods are resold. All
recipient agencies are 501(c)(3) nonprofits that desperately need the
donated goods to save money for direct services.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank serves all of Los Angeles County, and the primary community
served is the nearly 150 direct homeless service providers that number over
17,000 beds and operate a total of over 320 short-term housing programs for
homeless people. We also serve agencies providing nonresidential programs
serving the homeless.
While it is difficult to provide exact numbers, we estimate that the project provides goods to over 100,000 homeless individuals in Los Angeles each
year and approximately 50% of the recipient agencies serve homeless children and
For more information about product donations, please contact our Gifts in
Jennifer Marquez at (213) 943-4577. View our wish list by clicking here.