Nonprofit Info

The Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations of good-quality used and surplus building materials and sells them at low prices, with extra discounts for low- and moderate-income customers and nonprofit organizations. Because materials are priced low to remain affordable, income from sales does not cover all our operating costs. Financial contributions from individuals, companies, and foundations provide the rest of the funding we need. You can download our annual report by clicking on the icon on the right.

Having access to affordable materials from the Reuse Center at BBR makes it possible for low- and moderate-income homeowners to repair and care for their homes on limited budgets, and, as a result, to improve their lives and neighborhoods. By diverting perfectly good materials from landfills and delivering them into the hands of homeowners and nonprofits, we reduce the construction industry’s burden on the solid waste stream and benefit the environment.

The Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources is a project of the Boston Building Materials Co-op Charitable & Educational Fund. Our ID number is 04-2749815. We are a member of the EarthShare New England fundraising federation. You can find more details by reading our report on Guidestar or our profile on The Giving Common.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Served 1,388 income-qualified homeowners and nonprofit customers during 2013.
  • In 2013, sales of materials totaled nearly $440,000.
  • Diverted materials valued at $1,658,705 from disposal in landfills in 2013 by accepting donations from 1,560 donors.
  • Conducted 36 home improvement workshops teaching home skills that allow homeowners to make repairs themselves or understand how their home’s systems work and work with contractors more knowledgeably.
  • Completed a consulting project with Community Action Partners, comprised of volunteer alumni from Harvard’s Business School and Kennedy School, resulting in insights and recommendations on how to improve our organization.

Financial Essentials

During 2013, the Reuse Center at Boston Building Resources had income of $1,035,140. Program services expenses totaled $949,820 while management and general expenses were $136,002 and fundraising expenses were $20,085. At the end of the year, the organization had net assets of $610,816. Our report on Guidestar has further details.

You can also download our 2012 Form 990.