The InKind Exchange (formerly known as United Way’s InKind Centre) is a community-based initiative by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region with strong partnership support from the City of Edmonton. The InKind Exchange offers a convenient, cost effective way for charities to acquire office furniture, technology, personal care products and toys.
The InKind Exchange (IKE) bridges the gap between the charitable sector and the business world by offering a central gathering and distribution point for donated products. The items are then offered for sale from IKE’s warehouse store to member charities at far below market value. This allows resources to be focused on community work and not operational overhead.
Over the past 12 months the IKE has undergone extensive changes, beginning in December 2010 with the move to a larger, brighter and more appropriate warehouse at 14710 – 112 Avenue (located close to United Way’s corporate office on Stony Plain Road and 151 Street).
Also integrated in the changes to the innovative, one-of-a-kind operation is a new name and logo. The InKind Exchange name was selected because it best represents the action that takes place at the facility – the exchange of donated products, services, volunteer hours and community support. The logo was developed to be inviting, warm and welcoming, and it also complements the bright interior walls of the warehouse.
On September 9th, 2011 United Way of the Alberta Capital Region invited current and potential members to help the InKind Exchange celebrate its grand reopening. All not-for-profit agencies from the Capital Region were invited to an open house where they were served delicious food, offered facility tours and provided with demonstrations of the Staples Advantage e-way online ordering system.
Staples Advantage is an exclusive offer to IKE members and is included in the annual IKE membership fee of $50.00. This efficient online order system through Staples offers not-for-profits a discount of up to 62 per cent. Examples of Staples Advantage product lines include office supplies, technology products, facility supplies, furniture and business services. Members experience a fully functional online ordering system, excellent customer care, easy-to-browse catalogues and next day delivery capabilities in most areas.
If you are a registered Canadian charity, you are eligible for a membership at United Way’s InKind Exchange. A membership pays for itself in the first few shopping visits. Learn more about IKE and all it has to offer at www.inkindexchange.ca.