PLATFORM – Excess Access (now The Hum Sum) 1998 – 2018
Excess Access has morphed into our HumSum.org platform.
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ExcessAccess.org, our free, online, mobile-friendly, database has moved to our new community platform TheHumSum.net. We are recruiting other donation sites in an initiative for a global consolidation of waste to resources. Available to everyone, this program automatically links business, nonprofit, and household item and material donations with the wishes of nearby recipients who can pick them up or accept drop-offs. Divided into 10 departments, it allows for easy sorting and fast matching. There are also opportunities to post green jobs like repairs and delivery as well as volunteer needs and funding. This is a world-wide matching system that also provides tax-deductible receipts for donors in the USA.
Every day, thousands of tons of garbage ends up in landfills. ExcessAccess.org makes it easier to put these materials to better use and extend the lives of second hand goods.
We also offer intranet Excess Access matching within large corporations and government entities, assisting procurement reduction and lowering of carbon footprints through in-kind giving programs.
In 1996, Lisa Gautier, Matter of Trust founder, had been given a new rug and wanted to donate her perfectly good old one. She went to a nearby school and gave it to their library for a story-time area. When dropping it off, she asked the principal if there was anything else the school needed and Lisa got her first “wish list.” She went to nearby businesses and asked friends if they had any of these items and was surprised to get five times what she asked for. Clearly, there was a missing link between donors and wishers.
In 1998, Lisa and her husband, Patrice (VP of Software and Services at Apple, Inc.), set up the public charity Matter of Trust and its first program ExcessAccess. This was done with the help of Leo Nevas Esq. He was Paul Newman’s attorney and familiar with early green businesses and public charities.
Besides furniture and other goods, ExcessAccess.org quickly became the place for people donating waste-fiber clippings for our Clean Wave program that accepts hair, fur and fleece donations. Felted into mats, they are used to soak up oil spills. Together our ExcessAccess.org and Clean Wave programs received international press for the Cosco Busan San Francisco Bay oil spill (2007), the BP Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill (2010), etc.
The Global Compost Project
SONOMA Food Runners
San Francisco Urban Carbon Farming Project
Heart of the City Farmers Market
Why this matters?
Diverting waste into resources is a major way to contribute in reducing carbon emissions from off gassing landfills. By reusing, repairing and recycling goods and materials, you consume less raw materials and help reverse global warming trends!
What can I do?
Feeling overburdened by too much stuff? Wishing you could find free stuff near you? Check out the Hum Sum Free Exchange on our community platform.
We strongly believe that,
“When you give, you get back tenfold.”
Now, that’s a great exchange rate!
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