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Steve Votaw

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Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

HQ Phone:  (614) 272-9544

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Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

118 South Yale Avenue

Columbus, Ohio,43222

United States

Company Description

The Furniture Bank is helping me get beds, a dresser, a sofa, and much more. ... more.

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Background Information

Employment History

Executive Director

Learn 4 Life


Chief Executive Officer

Crittenton Community School


Executive Director

Learn4Life Columbus


Affiliations

Human Service Chamber

Board Member


Governor's

Member of the Task Force On Juvenile Justice


Education

BA

Kent State University


Master of Science degree

Youngstown State University


Web References(49 Total References)


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"To ensure a smooth transition, the Furniture Bank board created a Strategic Initiatives Committee," said Furniture Bank President Steve Votaw.
"Poverty puts so many stressors on lives, and no one organization can remove all of those stressors," Votaw said. "We estimated what it would take to run a store, visited a dozen locations and selected what has since become our Furniture With a Heart location at 2165 Morse Rd., which opened on April 15, 2016," Votaw said. "Retail had not traditionally been one of our core competencies," Votaw said. "It just isn't second nature to move into a business mindset." That's when the Furniture Bank reached out to the Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED). "CSED was instrumental in helping us identify the right people we needed to talk to, and evaluate options related to loans and funding," Votaw said. "CSED also connected us with a consultant who has helped us since summer 2015. This consultant was critical because he helped us realize how much we didn't know about retail." He also credits the board, staff, volunteers and industry experts for getting the Furniture Bank to this point. "It was a total team effort," Votaw said. "Taking a broad view in terms of human resources is important for nonprofits starting a social enterprise-it's not all paid staff that made all of this possible," said Votaw. "As nonprofits, we have an obligation to help as many families as we can who need our services," said Votaw. "When we met with one corporate partner to talk about the potential for funding, we learned that we were the first to ask for and receive funding specifically to start a social enterprise," Votaw said. Asking for startup funding required a different kind of approach, but the Furniture Bank found the corporate community welcomed the idea and opportunity to help them become more self-sufficient and thereby able to impact more lives. "Thanks to the local community, we are beginning to make up the lost revenue," Votaw said. Steve Votaw


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"With Downsize with a Heart, we saw a great opportunity in the downsizing business model that aligned nicely with our organization's mission-based initiatives, as well as our Furniture with a Heart thrift store concept," said Furniture Bank President Steve Votaw.
"We then added the social enterprise component, where consumers purchase a service they need-that also benefits others in need." Furniture Bank President Steve Votaw Furniture Bank President Steve Votaw Why two ventures in less than one year? The impetus behind the Furniture Bank's goal to launch multiple social enterprises came as a result of a change in a long-time sponsor's giving structure. The Furniture Bank had to find a way to replace $1 million in lost philanthropic revenue. "The Furniture Bank's Strategic Initiatives Committee, along with the full support of the board, has worked diligently to launch these two ventures," Votaw said. "For us, the process of launching Furniture with a Heart and Downsize with a Heart has transformed our entire organization's approach to solving not only budget-balancing challenges, but it has also reframed how we apply innovation to all aspects of our operations to better fulfill our mission," Votaw said. Steve Votaw


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Steve Votaw, President, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio Two years ago, the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio faced a reduction in half of its revenue. Due to a change in a long-time sponsor's giving structure, the Furniture Bank had three years to identify how to replace $1 million in lost revenue. "To ensure a smooth transition, the Furniture Bank board created a Strategic Initiatives Committee," said Furniture Bank President Steve Votaw. "Poverty puts so many stressors on lives, and no one organization can remove all of those stressors," Votaw said. "We estimated what it would take to run a store, visited a dozen locations and selected what has since become our Furniture With a Heart location at 2165 Morse Rd., which opened on April 15, 2016," Votaw said. "Retail had not traditionally been one of our core competencies," Votaw said. "It just isn't second nature to move into a business mindset." That's when the Furniture Bank reached out to the Center for Social Enterprise Development (CSED). "CSED was instrumental in helping us identify the right people we needed to talk to, and evaluate options related to loans and funding," Votaw said. "CSED also connected us with a consultant who has helped us since summer 2015. This consultant was critical because he helped us realize how much we didn't know about retail." He also credits the board, staff, volunteers and industry experts for getting the Furniture Bank to this point. "It was a total team effort," Votaw said. "Taking a broad view in terms of human resources is important for nonprofits starting a social enterprise-it's not all paid staff that made all of this possible," said Votaw. "As nonprofits, we have an obligation to help as many families as we can who need our services," said Votaw. "When we met with one corporate partner to talk about the potential for funding, we learned that we were the first to ask for and receive funding specifically to start a social enterprise," Votaw said. Asking for startup funding required a different kind of approach, but the Furniture Bank found the corporate community welcomed the idea and opportunity to help them become more self-sufficient and thereby able to impact more lives. "Thanks to the local community, we are beginning to make up the lost revenue," Votaw said.


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