Under The Hood With Tech Dump



techdumpIn October, we introduced Under the Hood to better understand how technology oriented nonprofits in Minnesota function.

This recurring series is made possible by research partner Altrulytics and underwriter Atomic Data.  Over the coming weeks we will publish individual responses, and in the end, compile an aggregated assessment of the landscape with further analysis.

Organization name: Tech Dump (Jobs Foundation)

Executive Director: Tom McCullough

When was it formed and for what purpose?

Tech Dump started in 2011, using electronics recycling and refurbishing to transform lives through employability training.


Who or what do you serve?

Through our electronics recycling services and refurbished electronics sales: residents, businesses, schools, nonprofits, municipalities, and many others.  Through our employability training: adults who are hard to employ (many have spent time in the justice system or are in recovery from addiction).

How many do you serve?

In 2014, we employed 47 adults with barriers to employment by providing job training and practical experience that prepared them to be a more valuable employee with an expanding future.

What are the main programs/resources that you offer?

Electronics recycling—accepting anything with a cable, cord, or battery (with most items recycled for free). Sweet Deals on refurbished electronics sales.

Do you have earned income and if so, how?

We are almost 100% self-funded through our electronics recycling and refurbishing businesses, using grants for occasional equipment purchases.

What key metrics do you use and how do you measure the impact of your org?

In 2014, over 6k people dropped off items at two locations or had us pick-up items. We recycled 4 million lbs of e-waste (2x 2013 weight). We held 95 collection events to make recycling as convenient as possible. 72k lbs of electronics creates one job for a year.

How do you source funding and can you provide us with three years most recent tax returns?

FORM 990s: 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Do donors fund the organization as a whole, specific programs and/or something else?

Tech Dump is funded through the electronics recycled with us and the refurbished electronics purchased from us. We were very grateful for an equipment grant for our expansion to St Paul from the Otto Bremer Foundation in 2014.

Given the options of nonprofits to support in the technology industry, what makes yours unique?

The fact we are almost entirely self-funded makes us pretty unique. Our significant year-over-year growth has also differentiated us, as we have doubled in size each year since we began. We are a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, which allows us to offer significant discounts on refurbished electronics to fellow nonprofits (as well as great bargains for the public).

Who is on the executive board of your organization?

Tech Dump is honored to have a great volunteer board of directors:
Tom McCullough, Executive Director of Tech Dump
George Lee, Snap Agency and Probus Online
Anibal Velarde, Aon Benfield
Mark Evenson, Avison Young
Jeff Mangas, Mangas Accounting
Bill Card, Insurance Advisors, Inc.
John Dinusson, OrthoCor Medical
Femi Solade, Wells Fargo
Anna Mazig, Hennepin County
Stephanie Chan, Cargill
Michelle Ness, PRISM of Golden Valley
Donna Herbel, Perkins & Marie Callender’s

Is there anything else you would like to add?

It’s never too early to think spring—our on-site employee recycling collection events are always popular Earth Month activities at Twin Cities companies. Give us a call to learn more.