Toolraiser 2020: A Tool Library Fundraiser

The Tool Library is kicking off our 2020 Toolraiser! As an all-volunteer nonprofit tool-lending library, this fundraiser will help us add high demand tools to our inventory and also add tools that have been requested by our members.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 or 750 tools to grow our inventory from 3,250 to 4,000 tools, all of which can be borrowed by members for as little as $20/year.

Our mission to serve Western New York by sharing tools is even more vital during the pandemic, with many people in our community experiencing layoffs and financial insecurity, and everyone spending many more hours at home. We have heard directly from members that using Tool Library tools can strengthen their food security and sow gardens, improve their mental and emotional health, learn new skills, and save money.

By contributing to our Toolraiser you can help strengthen the impact and power of the sharing economy in Western New York. We’ve already saved our members over $140,000 in tool costs this year. Imagine what we can do with an even larger inventory of shared tools!

We know not everyone has the capacity to give in the same way. See below for ways to support this campaign and The Tool Library.


Donate funds

Put ‘Toolraiser’ in the notes of your donation. We’ll buy the tools and supplies on our list.

Donate a tool

Check out our Tool Wishlist and donate a new or gently used tool on the list!

Sponsor a tool

Each week we’ll run a mini-fundraiser on our Facebook page for a high-need tool.


  • Let us know if you need a tax receipt for your donation
  • Donate a new or gently used tool or funds for a new tool
  • Check out our Tool Wishlist to see what we need most
  • If you are buying a new tool to donate — don’t go to a big box store, buy local!

  • Building materials/supplies (screws, nails, bolts, paint, stain, plumbing/electrical materials, etc)
  • Rusted or broken tools
  • Battery powered tools unless they are one of the brands identified
  • Gas-powered tools

We know there’s a lot of love for The Tool Library in this community — now is a great time to show it! Tag us @thetoollibrary on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or use the hashtag #Toolraiser2020 to share what you’ve built with borrowed tools.