In the latter part of 2004, the leadership teams of five nonprofit charitable agencies that operate thrift and resale shops in western Pennsylvania formed a unique partnership to determine how the organizations could work collaboratively to build upon the popularity of the resale industry, and the need to educate the public about responsible giving practices. The result is the Alliance of Nonprofit Stores, which is now comprised of eleven agencies. This group shares a common goal of giving back to the communities that are home to their retail locations. The following statements further define this partnership.