Storehouse for Teachers dba The Education Partnership

School Supplies for Kids

aka The Education Partnership   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |


The Education Partnership provides school supplies to students and their teachers in under-resourced schools in Southwestern PA.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Josh Whiteside

Main address

281 Corliss Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15220 USA

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Formerly known as

Pittsburgh Community Storehouse

Storehouse for Teachers



NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In our 8-county region of Southwestern PA, more than 90,000 students go to school every day without the most basic school supplies, including pencils and paper. School supplies are necessary to help students succeed in the classroom, while also being the first thing sacrificed as school budgets shrink. This leaves the burden on families who, faced with economic hardships, simply cannot fill the gap by buying their children the supplies missing from their schools. Education is the only way students in communities can improve their situation and create a better future. Schools in our region where 70% or more of their students qualify for the National School Lunch Program can apply to become a Partner School. Teachers from these partner schools are invited to our facility to shop, free of charge, once per semester to choose school supplies from basic pencils and paper to cleaning and art supplies to use in their classrooms.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Teacher Resource Center

The Teacher Resource Center provides school and classroom supplies, at no cost, to eligible schools in the organization's eight-county service area. Schools in these counties are eligible to apply to The Teacher Resource Center program each spring if 70% or more of their student population qualifies for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Teachers from partner schools are invited to the Teacher Resource Center once per semester. Each teacher is guaranteed an allotment of core school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, filler paper, crayons. Because of the generous donations we receive from the community, TEP also offers extra classroom supplies—like toys, clothing, cleaning supplies, furniture, etc.—that vary based on availability. Each time a teacher visits The Teacher Resource Center, they leave with approximately $1,000 worth of free supplies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Adopt-A-School program addresses educational supply needs by equipping each student in a school with essential school supplies to complete their homework and creates an avenue of sustainable support to supply schools in economic distress with access to basic, critical supplies year-round at no cost. While the Teacher Resource Center helps teachers stock their classrooms, the Adopt-A-School program stocks an individual students' home with markers, erasers, glue, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

TEP's STEAM Hub equips teachers and students with high-tech resources. This program provides our partner teachers with classroom kits of ready-to-use, hands-on resources for teaching engaging lessons in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The STEAM Hub enriches classrooms with hands-on manipulatives, project-based lessons, and a focus on higher-level thinking and 21st-century skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of teachers that report improvement in classroom participation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Education Partnership aims to provide critically-needed school supplies to all students who are in need throughout Southwestern PA.

Three programs guide the organization's strategies:
The Teacher Resource Center is open for product distributions three days a week as well as most Saturdays throughout the school year. This allows teachers to stock up on critically needed supplies for their students’ arrival, along with the continuous need for supplies they experience over the course of the school year. Teachers at partner schools are permitted to “shop” twice each year (typically once per semester) leaving with $500-$1,000 worth of classroom supplies, free of charge, per visit. Supplies consist of “core” classroom necessities such as pencils, erasers, notebooks, paper, crayons, etc. In addition, partners have access to unlimited “incentive” items, which consist of any product we are able to procure that we believe has use in an educational setting. These items often include hygiene products, cleaning supplies, furniture, sporting equipment, art supplies, seasonal items, and much more.

The STEAM Lending Library features high-tech devices and teaching tools for teachers to use in their classrooms. This program allows teachers to sign out different pieces of equipment to use with their students. Through creating access to the latest technologies, the STEAM Lending Library gives teachers the ability to expose their students to the latest tools on the market for engaging educational experiences without being financially responsible for supplying the technology. As the landscape of education changes, so must the resources available to teachers. By allowing students access to innovative and interactive teaching technologies, we are not only engaging their minds to learn in a fun, hands-on manner, but we are also introducing them to the ways in which real-world problems are solved.

The Adopt-A-School program is a flagship model to engage the corporate community directly with the classroom. This program creates a vehicle by which corporate and business entities can “adopt” one or more schools in our program, putting Homework “Power Tool” Kits directly into the hands of every student attending the adopted school, separate from the classroom supplies distributed to teachers. Employees of the adopting company are invited to The Education Partnership to assemble the homework kits filled with classroom essentials as a volunteer team-building activity. Sponsors then participate in the distribution of the kits through specially arranged in-school assemblies where they can speak directly to the student body about what that kit will mean to a student’s success and what workplace opportunities can become available through academic excellence.

The Education Partnership has been operating for more than a decade and every year we have set the ambitious and attainable goal of meeting the school and classroom supply requirements of every student and teacher in the eight-county region who attend economically disadvantaged neighborhood schools, growing the number of students served minimally by 8-10% per year. Through continuously improving all aspects of operations, increasing product procurement efforts, actively soliciting prospective donors, and sustaining effective cost management through increased volunteerism, The Education Partnership is confident this goal will be achieved.

The Education Partnership is the only organization in Southwest PA providing school supplies for teachers and their students consistently throughout the school year. The support we offer students sets them up for success academically, ultimately supporting their graduation from high school and their future careers.

As predominantly a gift-in-kind surplus redistribution organization, our ability to efficiently and effectively procure and distribute is paramount. We have created a network of the regions' most in-need students while also providing a real solution to underfunded schools and budget restraints. We support students on $25 per year with everything they need, including the chair they sit on, the desk they work at, and the pencil in their hand. Currently (2021-2022 school year) with a ~$1M cash budget distributing ~$8M worth of goods, investing in The Education Partnership maximizes each dollar ensuring students’ success and the future of the region.

The Education Partnership has grown from serving 2,800 students in 11 schools to more than 55,000 students in 157 regional schools in 12 years.

In addition to building good relationships with local corporations, The Education Partnership is a full affiliate of the Kids in Need Foundation and a preferred partner of World Vision International. Memberships with these and other local and national surplus redistribution organizations have provided opportunities for extreme cost savings for core school supplies. Last year, The Education Partnership received approximately $6 million in gift-in-kind donations allowing us to distribute $8 million in school supplies to local schools. The Education Partnership also has a robust volunteer program allowing us to partner with more than 450 corporations, organizations, and associations in the mission of The Education Partnership through volunteer or team-building activities, product drives or financial support.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Storehouse for Teachers dba The Education Partnership

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Storehouse for Teachers dba The Education Partnership

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Keri Brown

Giant Eagle

Term: 2014 - 2022

Frank Nowak

Ret. (Abarta)

Beth Jackson

Citizens Bank

Loren Wright

Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects

Sharon Cercone

PNC Bank

Kelly Grose


Douglas Morally

Schneider Downs

Kenneth Shriber

Ditto Document Solutions

Meg Huwar

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Megan Thompson

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Taki Darakos

Pitt Ohio

Jide Famuagun

Alpha Residential

Joe Guarino

New Brighton Area SD

Jamie Rogers

RICE Acquisition Corp.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.