Donor FAQ

May I claim a tax deduction for my donation to the Resource Center?
In most cases, individuals and businesses may claim product and/or cash donations as charitable contributions, but you should rely on the advice of your tax advisor.

What items are most needed?
Teachers always need basic school supplies such as pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue, scissors and notebook filler paper. Teachers are very creative and will use products that you would never imagine in a classroom such as unused greeting cards, business letterhead and envelopes.

Teacher “wish list” of most requested items:

  • Copy paper
  • Composition Books
  • Washable markers
  • Rulers
  • Colored pencils (12 count)
  • Filler paper
  • School scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pens

Are there items Teaching Tools does not accept?
Yes. We can only accept items which will fit into the back seat of a car. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept clothing, computers and electronics at this time. However, we will accept personal items such as toothpaste, soap, sanitizing wipes and Kleenex.

Does Teaching Tools provide a pick-up service for product donations?
We have a limited ability to pick up donated items. Therefore, we request that you please arrange for delivery or drop off your items at our facility. We are located at 2306 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33607. You may call in advance to assure your delivery will be handled upon your arrival (813) 574-0260.

Who runs the Teaching Tools Resource Center?
Teaching Tools is a program of the Hillsborough Education Foundation. The facility is managed and operated by the Foundation and supported by a fleet of volunteers who operate teacher check-in and check-out, stock shelves and assist with inventory maintenance. The Teaching Tools Resource Center could not run nearly as efficiently or effectively without the help of our dedicated volunteer base.

How is Teaching Tools Funded?
Teaching Tools is funded solely through generous cash and product donations from our Tampa Bay community including businesses, foundations and individuals. We also partner with The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that provides free school supplies to students in need through its national network of resource centers.

May students volunteer at the Teaching Tools Resource Center for community service hours?
Yes. Students ages 11-14 can volunteer at the Store with a parent or guardian present. Students ages 15 and over may fulfill their community service hours at the facility with parent or guardian consent. Please contact Samantha Gray at [email protected] for more information on earning community service hours.


Teaching Tools Resource Center Community Impact

Being a student is hard enough with the pressure to wear the right things and sport the right hairstyle. So when your family is so financially challenged that you come to class without pencils or paper, learning becomes an uphill battle.

Fact:  99.5% of teachers purchase basic school supplies for their students out of their own pocket.*

A real brick and mortar facility, Teaching Tools provides critical school supplies year-round to economically disadvantaged students in Title I schools throughout our community. Title I is a federal designation which signifies that 75% or more of the students in the school qualify for free or reduced lunch programs based on their household size and income.

Did you know that 160 of the 273 schools in Hillsborough County qualify as Title I? That number grows each year, meaning more and more of our students from hard working families face financial challenges purchasing basic school supplies for their kids.

Fact:  Teacher’s out-of-pocket spending on classroom supplies has increased 10% since the 2010 school year.*

Since 2002, the Teaching Tools Store has given $31.4 million in free school supplies to our teachers and students in Title I schools. That translates to helping teachers save money and focus on what they do best.

Fact: Research supports that lack of adequate classroom supplies has a direct impact on teacher morale and retention.

Something as simple as a pencil or a crayon that can help change a student’s life. It is a problem that can be solved today. The Teaching Tools Resource Center is committed to helping thousands of our students in need and giving them the basic tools to be successful in the classroom today, so they will be prepared to become our community leaders for tomorrow.

*Based on the 2012-13 study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association.