April 30, 2014; Business Journal

The Phoenix Community Toolbank will open its doors later this year. It’s one of nine Toolbanks in the country; their aim is to make local nonprofits and charities more effective by giving them the right equipment. Arthur Korupcyznski, a director with Toolbank, explained, “It’s great to see nonprofits get lots of volunteers to donate time. We want to be right there donating tools to get the job done.”

The nonprofit is opening after three and a half years of hard work, surveying the community and making sure the response would be positive, as it was in Phoenix. The nonprofit is still struggling to find permanent residency and is looking for a warehouse of at least 10,000 square feet located central to the city.

Once Phoenix Toolbank opens, interested nonprofits will simply need to create an account and make a list of their projects and the needed tools. The Toolbank will then charge organizations three percent of the retail value of the tools per week rented.

The nonprofit hasn’t even opened its doors and is already being honored; the organization was the recipient of the 2012 Heart of Business Award from the Phoenix Business Journal and HandsOn Greater Phoenix.—Aine Creedon