Friends incorporate as CRI, with the mission of helping homeowners maintain a warm, safe, and dry home; CRI amasses a small warehouse full of donated tools in support of its mission and begins lending to other local charitable groups. This framework will eventually shape the Cincinnati ToolBank!
The Cincinnati ToolBank
The Cincinnati Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow not-for-profit organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects, special events, facility repairs, grounds maintenance and much more. We provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Cincinnati area. The Cincinnati Community ToolBank officially opened its doors to the not-for-profit community in July of 2012. Since opening in 2012, the Cincinnati ToolBank has helped more than 430 nonprofit agencies in Greater Cincinnati complete nearly 17,350 projects by providing them with quick and reliable access to an inventory of high-quality tools and equipment. By providing this invaluable and much-needed resource to our member agencies they have been able to equip more than 264,000 volunteers with nearly $8M worth of tools!
The Cincinnati ToolBank maintains a 25,000 sq ft warehouse on Seymour Avenue with an inventory comprised of more than 220 different types of tools and equipment in volumes large enough to equip thousands of volunteers at a time. Access to ToolBank tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools. By reducing the costs associated with service projects it allows these agencies to allocate more of their resources on their mission.
To learn more about who we serve and our impact in the community, check out our FAQ page here. You can also view our full list of member agencies here to see if the organizations you care about are ToolBank users.
Cincinnati ToolBank (CTB) and founding Board of Directors raise $175K and begin Executive Director search.
CTB hires Executive Director, Kat Pepmeyer, and CTB doors officially open – home to Cincinnati’s only tool lender solely dedicated to equipping the charitable sector.
CTB is named a finalist for the Impact 100 Award and two of three annual fundraisers, Banking on Our Community and Hammers & Ales are launched.
CTB accepts a $25,000 tool donation from P&G and becomes a partner for the Reds Community Makeover; CTB also launches our third fundraiser, Building on Our Community.
CTB staff and Board develop a 3 yr. strategic plan that identifies facility needs as a top priority; CTB staff works with GBBN to maximize current warehouse efficiencies.
CTB Board votes to increase staff to include 3 full-time positions.
CTB Board and staff further develop the strategic plan and begin assessing the current facility and future needs of CTB. CTB has its most successful year since opening by helping more than 211 nonprofit agencies to equip 45,109 volunteers, over 2,795 completed projects. The total value of tools borrowed was $1,621,935.
The Cincinnati ToolBank moves to a three-floor building with 25,000 total square ft. located in Roselawn. Our Seymour Avenue building has ample storage space, two garage doors (loading dock), suitable beginning office space, and a parking lot.
The ToolBank Network
The Cincinnati ToolBank is the fourth affiliate of ToolBank USA, the parent organization of the growing national network of ToolBanks. ToolBank affiliates are modeled after the highly successful Atlanta Community ToolBank, which has served Greater Atlanta’s charitable sector for 27 years. The Charlotte Community ToolBank was the first affiliate to join the network in 2011, followed by Baltimore and Cincinnati in 2012. By 2015, the network had doubled in size with ToolBanks opening in Richmond, VA, Houston, TX, and Phoenix, AZ. As a member of the ToolBank network, the Cincinnati Community ToolBank benefits greatly from the sharing of resources and best practices among affiliates. Though an affiliate of the ToolBank network, the Cincinnati ToolBank is independently operated, governed by a local board of directors, and relies solely on local funding to fulfill its mission.
1682 E Seymour Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45237
By appointment only
Tel (513) 246-0015
Fax (513) 285-7730
The Cincinnati ToolBank serves community-based organizations by providing tools, equipment, and expertise to empower their most ambitious goals.