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Boston Building Materials Coop Charitable & Educational Fund, Inc.

 100 Terrace Street
 Boston, MA 02120
[P] (617) 442-2262
[F] (617) 427-2491
Deb Beatty Mel
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EIN 04-2749815

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA Boston Building Resources - Reuse Center
Former Names Building Materials Resource Center (2011)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

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.

Mission Statement

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.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,259,568.00
Projected Expense $1,251,311.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Reuse Center

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Mission Statement

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.

Background Statement

From full kitchen cabinet sets to doorknobs, from century-old woodwork to new windows still in their packaging, from major appliances to boxes of tile, the Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources offers a constantly changing assortment of home improvement materials at bargain prices. These materials are donated by homeowners, contractors, and retailers because they are used, misordered, or surplus. Instead of being wasted in a landfill, good-quality materials are used by low- and moderate-income homeowners to maintain and improve their homes.

Boston Building Resources started helping people with home improvement materials and knowledge in 1978. As the energy crisis of the 1970s unfolded, a group of Boston residents founded the Boston Building Materials Co-op to help their neighbors who were living in drafty, uninsulated homes. Their vision was to provide people with a source of affordable materials to make their homes more energy-efficient, and the knowledge of how to do the work themselves. The Boston Building Materials Co-op Charitable and Educational Fund was established in 1982 so funds could be raised for the charitable portion of this work.
In 1993, the Charitable and Educational Fund started the Reuse Center. Co-op members who worked in the construction and architecture fields saw how much reusable material was being discarded while, at the same time, many homeowners struggled to afford the materials they needed to keep their homes in good repair. The Reuse Center was founded to divert good materials away from becoming waste and direct them toward hardworking homeowners.

In its first two years, the Reuse Center operated out of unheated trailers and shared showroom space with the Co-op. Its current building was constructed in 1995 and expanded in 2006. The change to a single name, Boston Building Resources, was made in 2011. We are open six days per week at our warehouse/store in Roxbury Crossing.

Impact Statement

During 2016, we served 2,065 income-qualified homeowners and nonprofit customers by providing affordable building materials and diverted materials valued at more than $2 million from disposal in landfills. We conducted 30 home improvement workshops on topics such as tiling, heating systems, and working with a contractor.

Needs Statement

1. Donations of high-quality used building materials, such as cabinet sets, windows, doors, lighting, flooring, and newer appliances.
2. Funding to cover operational costs of the Reuse Center. Because we keep prices of materials low, to remain affordable to moderate-income customers, income from sales does not cover all of our operational costs.
3. Increased outreach, advertising, and promotion to bring in more homeowners who can benefit from our affordable materials to improve their properties.
4. Volunteers to help in the Reuse Center: organizing materials, creating displays, and preparing materials for sale.
5. Improved infrastructure, including faster computers and building-related improvements.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
We serve all of eastern Massachusetts.

Organization Categories

  1. Housing, Shelter - Home Improvement/Repairs
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  3. Environment - Recycling

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



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.
Budget  $635,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Home Repair Programs
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 
  1. Increase the quantity of high-quality donated materials through outreach to the construction and architecture communities.
  2. Increase the number of people served to 1,800 in 2012.
Program Long-Term Success 

Long-term measures of success include improving housing quality, improving homeowner confidence, helping low- and moderate-income homeowners build their wealth, promoting green building by encouraging the reuse of materials, and reducing the burden of needless waste on the environment.

Program Success Monitored By 
  1. Donated materials are tracked through custom-built Customer Relationship Management software.
  2. The number of people served is measured using QuickBooks Point of Sale.
  3. Ongoing discussions among customrs and staff are used to ensure that donated materials meet the needs of our constituents.
Examples of Program Success  --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Matthew St. Onge
CEO Term Start Jan 1993
CEO Email
CEO Experience Executive Director Matthew St. Onge brings more than 20 years experience in the construction industry. His experience as a builder and general contractor enables him to impart technical advice to customers, while his finance and management expertise helps him run the organization smoothly. Before coming to Boston Building Resources in 1993, Matthew held management and sales positions in two construction companies, one of which was his own.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Deb Beatty Mel Assistant Director Deb joined the staff in 2005 after working for more than 20 years in communications and marketing for a nationwide nonprofit. With skills in writing, graphic design, event planning, and publicity, she helps Boston Building Resources stay in touch with existing customers and financial supporters as well as reach out to new ones.
Lindsay Tourijigian Program Manager --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Mayor's Greenovate Award City of Boston 2017
Best of Boston Home Boston Magazine 2010


Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 75
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): Biracial (1) Middle Eastern (1)
Gender Female: 6
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Tri-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually


Board Chair Mr. Rick Ames
Board Chair Company Affiliation Next Phase Studios Architects
Board Chair Term May 2012 - May 2018
Board Co-Chair Rick Ames
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Next Phase Studios
Board Co-Chair Term May 2013 - May 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Rick Ames Next Phase Studios Voting
Deanne Dupont Food Link Voting
Ms. Ann Finnerty Architect Voting
Sarah Grandfield Verrill Dana LLP Voting
Glen Gurner Brookline High School Voting
Marcia Peters Attorney, Private Practice Voting
Rashmi Ramaswamy Architect Voting
Marsha Smith Boston Public Schools Voting
Andrew St. John Smith + St. John Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 67%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Facilities
  • Operations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,259,568.00
Projected Expense $1,251,311.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

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2012 990

2011 990

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2008 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

2008 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,276,500 $1,192,222 $1,176,053
Total Expenses $1,260,205 $1,189,553 $1,121,327

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $140,822 $626,504 $653,824
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $576,325 $565,559 $522,081
Investment Income, Net of Losses $409 $159 $148
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $558,939 -- --
Other $5 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,124,672 $1,054,398 $1,004,280
Administration Expense $119,058 $118,783 $102,935
Fundraising Expense $16,475 $16,372 $14,112
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 1.00 1.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses 89% 89% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 3% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $682,022 $672,674 $658,290
Current Assets $466,710 $453,630 $419,793
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $33,902 $40,849 $29,134
Total Net Assets $648,120 $631,825 $629,156

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Major renovations to our facility to make operations more efficient so we can expand our capacity to receive and display materials.
Campaign Goal $375,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2017 - June 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $170,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 13.77 11.11 14.41

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our budget and audited financial statements include the value of the materials donated to us: $520,650 in 2017. Because this number is one that we do not have a direct ability to control, we consider our "operating" budget this year to be $738,918.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials. 


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

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.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

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.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Number of income-qualified customers
Total sales
Fair market value of donated material
Number of workshop attendees

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

In 2016:

We served 2.065 income-qualified homeowners and nonprofit customers.

Sales of materials totaled $554,831.

Materials valued at more than $2 million were diverted from disposal in landfills.

Donations of materials were received from 1,702 donors.

We conducted 39 home improvement workshops, reaching 262 people with training to increase their knowledge, DIY skills, and confidence in working with contractors.
Through a partnership with Eversource, we sold 3,472 energy-saving light bulbs at utility-subsidized rates.

We participated in eight Zero Waste Days in six Massachusetts communities, where reusable materials were collected from local residents.