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Furniture Buying Guide for Nonprofits

As a nonprofit, we know you are focused on bigger and better things than furniture. When it comes down to it though, 9 times out of 10 there are certain pieces that are vital to the success of your organization. 


Are you currently stressed about furnishing your space? We know furniture buying can be a stressful process, but it doesn’t NEED to be! Did you know you can utilize cooperative purchasing to buy furniture as a nonprofit? Using this process can save you time and money which will ultimately help you keep operating costs low. 

 Keep reading to take a deeper dive into how buying furniture through a cooperative contract portfolio can help you keep operating costs low and community impact high. 

Benefits of Utilizing Cooperative Purchasing for Furniture

“If more nonprofits understood the benefits of cooperative purchasing and how it can impact their bottom line, they would be all for it.”

- Kym Kent, Founder and Director | Extend Home School Tutorial

The need to purchase furniture can be sporadic at times unless you have a preplanned renovation in the works. By partnering with a cooperative, you have immediate access to furniture solutions when you need them. 

Cost Savings

“Our program leverages national scale which provides deep discounting for day-to-day orders and increased discounting for project orders. As the size of the project grows, the discounts get deeper and the savings to the customer increase.”

- Vanessa Perutelli, Senior Director, Strategic Supplier Relations at OMNIA Partners 

Our furniture suppliers' product lines span from low-end to high-end and everything in between to fit your current needs and budget. Our team constantly monitors the market to ensure our furniture programs are consistently offered to our members at contracted pricing while also remaining on-trend. 

Full Service, Streamlined Process

Many nonprofit organizations do not have the time or staff to put out RFP requests and/or search for the best prices between different suppliers. Instead, utilizing a cooperative contract you can take advantage of already awarded furniture contracts that have gone through the lead agency model and ensures the industry's best practices, processes, and procedures are applied. What does that mean? Simple: you can focus on increasing efficiencies and managing priorities along the project(s).

“If you're interested in furniture, we can help you with that journey,” says Lisa Merder, Vice President of Workplace Solutions and furniture subject matter expert at OMNIA Partners. “We have furniture and interior solutions that can help, starting with architects and design, general contractors, and even dealers who provide design content and services. Whatever your needs may be, we can do a complete profile and work with you to come up with a solution that saves you time, money, and resources,” says Merder.  

After selecting an initial solution, we can help get you connected to everyone you'll need along the furniture-buying journey, including designers and contractors. Our supplier partners will also offer assistance during every step of the process including installation, design, project management, and even storage/asset management. 

Furniture Solutions When You Need Them

When selecting a furniture program, you want to make sure the shoe fits. Not all suppliers are one size fits all, which is why we are proud to partner with numerous industry-leading suppliers to be able to provide exactly what our members, like yourself, need.  

Ready to get started? Contact us today!