Simply put, Freecycle makes it easier to locally give items away on a cyber-curbside than it is to throw them away. In doing so, Freecycle members are keeping over 300 tons a day out of landfills as they "change the world one gift at a time." This is the equivalent of over four times the height of Mt Everest when stacked in garbage trucks in the past year alone. Freecycle.org has since been nominated to PC Mag's top 101 websites list and has become the largest recycling and reuse website in the world.
Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.
The Freecycle Network was founded with one email on May first of 2003 to 30-40 friends and a handful of nonprofits in Tucson, Arizona. The Network has since grown to nearly 4 million members in over 75 countries.
Our programs are globally local. Join a local Freecycle group to find out what's happening in your community. Membership is free and local group moderation is done by local volunteers. After you find your local group at freecycle.org, the gifting may begin. Have fun!
In the past year alone, The Freecycle Network has kept over four times the height of Mt. Everest out of landfills when stacked in garbage trucks! This represents hundreds of tons a day of good stuff. Help us continue this success and keep The Freecycle Network free for all with your support.
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During and previous to founding The Freecycle Network, Deron spent 2 1/2 years with RISE as its Enterprise Manager. RISE runs a recycling and transitional employment program in downtown Tucson. Before that, he worked with a conservation group called Native Seeds/SEARCH. 40 years old, Deron has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird University. He spent several years living, studying and working in Germany. Currently living in Tucson, AZ, he looks forward to learning a bit of Spanish...
As a start-up nonprofit, we realize fully that the below is, by necessity, a start-up board. We are committed to adding to the talent which this board offers in the coming year as we grow to meet The Freecycle Network's™ growing needs. (Side note: our bylaws restrict the board size to a maximum of fifteen members.)
Deron Beal, Board Chairperson & Treasurer. Deron founded The Freecycle Network on May 1st, 2003. He now also fills the position of Executive Director.
Jennifer Columbus, Board Vice Chair. Jennifer currently administers the graduate studies program in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. Before that, she spent several years working in membership and media relations with The Nature Conservancy in its main office in Arlington, VA as well as in its Arizona state office in Tucson. Previous to this she worked for Greenpeace USA in DC. Her years of nonprofit experience are an invaluable asset to us. And in the interest of full disclosure (and because he is so darned proud of this), Jennifer also happens to be married to Deron.
Jolie Sibert, Board Secretary. Also based in Tucson, Arizona, Jolie travels the globe for The Nature Conservancy as a lead strategist in their Philanthropy Strategy & Consulting team for TNC worldwide. She also has previous experience in marketing in not-for-profit healthcare organizations and is a wonderful volunteer for many other nonprofits. Her years of in-depth and high-level nonprofit experience add a critical element to the board. Jolie also shares Deron and Jennifer's love of cats...
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PO Box 294 Tucson, AZ 85702 Phone: email only please www.freecycle.org EIN: 20-0938414