Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides free furniture to people in need due to poverty or other severe life challenges. Our goal is for all central Ohio families to live in furnished homes, thereby relieving suffering, strengthening family units, improving quality of life and building a better community.
The referring agency pays an small administrative fee for each referral and the Furniture Bank covers the remainder of the $425, which is the average cost to provide a family with 14-16 pieces of furniture. Those 14-16 pieces of furniture are conservatively valued over $650 and would be worth almost $1,000 when purchased used through second hand suppliers and $2,000 – $3,000 if purchased new. So, in reality, we are helping our partner agencies leverage almost $5.3M worth of furniture within the community for their clients.
We take stewardship of donor dollars seriously as they go directly to program services. In addition, our fee for service and social enterprise income constitutes 30% of our annual cash funding and covers all of our administrative and overhead costs.
Click here for more details on our service to families in need in the past 12 months.
Agency Referral fees – Cost-sharing with a small percentage of our costs by referring agencies and sponsors
Delivery Service fees – Same-day delivery of furniture to client homes (usually 3 to 4 hours) at below-market rates
Furniture Auctions – Monthly online auctions of donated high valued furniture and furniture not well suited for client homes. We only auction 4-5% of all furniture donations
This self-funding is about 30% of our annual budget, which is sufficient to pay all our administrative and overhead costs. As a result, donor dollars can go directly to help struggling families.
The Furniture Bank of Central Ohio provides free furniture to families and individuals who are financially unable to afford their own new or used furniture. Our success depends on people, from our volunteers and staff to the local community. Contact us today to partner with us in our new and creative efforts to create funding to turn more empty houses into homes.