About Us

Charity Storage utilizes existing storage facility operations to raise funds to benefit the community. It is a national self storage industry nonprofit that is supported by many self storage owners, operators, management companies, industry associations, organizations and vendors.

Charity Storage enables self storage facilities to utilize existing resources to raise funds for charities throughout the United States. 90% of auction funds are distributed to qualifying organizations.

Charity Storage infrastructure and general operations are made possible by our Sponsors. We could not do our good work without them!

How it Works

Participating facilities dedicate a storage unit as a collection point for donated goods. Tenants, auction buyers, local residents and businesses donate gently used or new items and receive a Charitable Donation Receipt. The Charity Storage Unit is then sold at auction either onsite or online with Storage Treasures.com (or any other online auction platform). The revenue from the auctions is then allocated to charities throughout the United States.

For onsite auctions or those posted on an online platform other than StorageTreasures.com…

  • Fill out the Auction Sale Form
  • Write a check for the final bid amount
  • Send both the form and check to Charity Storage for distribution

For auctions posted on StorageTreasures.com…

  • The listing fee is waived
  • There is an automatic $100 minimum bid set, which can be manually adjusted either up or down, according to the facility’s individual circumstances
  • StorageTreasures.com collects 100% of the final bid and forwards the funds to Charity Storage for distribution

The Charity Storage Story

Charity Storage was conceived by Lance Watkins, who had first-hand experience with the storage industry and with the reality television show Storage Wars. The late Barry Hoeven Co-Founded Charity Storage, bringing many years of self storage and philanthropy experience to the endeavor.

Donated and abandoned items are placed into a vacant unit and the contents are auctioned off onsite or online, via StorageTreasures.com or other online auction platforms. The proceeds support charities throughout the United States.

Our Founders


Barry Hoeven, Founder & President (2011-2016)
The late Barry Hoeven was a co-founder and President of the Charity Storage Board of Directors. Sadly, Barry passed away on June 16, 2016 after fighting a seventeen-year battle with kidney cancer. Barry was the Chairman of Westport Properties, Inc. and US Storage Centers, Inc. In 2007, Barry founded Kure It Cancer Research, which raises funds for underfunded cancer research projects and receives 20% of all Charity Storage auction funds. He was also instrumental in the creation and success of the SSA Foundation Scholarship Program which receives 10% of all auction funds.

lanceLance Watkins, Founder & Board Member
Lance Watkins is a Founder and the conceptualizer of Charity Storage. Currently, Watkins is the CEO of Tenant Inc. and Storage Outlet. He is also a Board Member of StorageTreasures and Storelocal. His vision, support and enduring involvement in Charity Storage is a valuable asset to the organization’s continued success.

Board of Directors

rchitiRobert A. Chiti – Chairman
Robert Chiti is the Founder, Chariman & CEO of OpenTech Alliance, Inc., a leading supplier of self storage technology solutions. Robert sits on the Board of Directors of Storage Treasures, LLC, the California Self Storage Association and Charity Storage. He served on the Self Storage Association Board from 2014 – 2016 and has published many articles and presents regularly at industry events.

lance-watkinsLance Watkins – Founder / Board Member
Lance Watkins is a Founder and the conceptualizer of Charity Storage. Watkins is also a StorageTreasures Board Member, the Founder and CEO of Storage Outlet and the Founder and Board Member of Storelocal. Currently he is the CEO of Tenant Inc.


Sue Haviland

Sue Haviland – Vice Chair
Sue Haviland, Owner of Haviland Storage Services and partner at Self-Storage 101, is a leading consultant in all aspects of the self storage industry. She has served as a senior faculty member of the Self Storage Association. She taught certification courses for the SSA on Operations, Sales and Marketing, served on the SSA committee for Education, and on the California Self Storage Association Board of Directors.

adecosterAnne Mari DeCoster – Secretary
Anne Mari DeCoster has an extensive background in management consulting, having worked in numerous areas of both the private and public sectors. In 2002, Anne turned her focus to self-storage, and has served as Executive Director of the Arizona Self-Storage Association 2010 – 2020. Currently she is the COO at Storelocal.

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Melissa Vines – Treasurer
Melissa is currently the Controller at StorageTreasures/OpenTech Alliance and has served on the Charity Storage BOD since 2018.


lbarthLisa Barth-Chiappetta – Board Member
Lisa is an owner and manager of Barth Storage. She serves on many different committees for the SSA and is the “Past President” for the Wisconsin Self Storage Association.

Lisa Barth-Chiappetta – Board Member

sbeckShelby Beck – Board Member
Shelby Beck is the President of Business Operations at Extra Self Storage, overseeing 11 locations in CA and NV. She has demonstrated excellence in team building and leadership skills while serving on the BOD for the Nevada Self Storage Association and guiding a group of over 25 Extra Self Storage staff for the past seven years.

Troy Downing

Troy Downing – Board Member
Troy is CEO of AC Self Storage Solutions, a Newport Beach, CA-based company. Troy is also a Managing Member of SAGE Insurance Servicing. He is involved with a number of charitable organizations, most notably Warriors and Quiet Waters, a Montana based foundation that takes traumatically wounded US Veterans on therapeutic fly-fishing trips.

jfawcettJamey Fawcett – Board Member
Jamey Fawcett is the President and COO of Accent Building Restoration (ABR). The comany has 15 branch offices in 10 states throughout the US, and has worked in the storage community for 24 years. He became affiliated with Charity Storage in 2016, becoming a Sustaining Sponsor. In 2020, ABR became a Guardian Sponsor. ABR also supports Kure It Cancer Research, as well as other charitable organizations that help the special needs community.

Brandon Snyder – Board Memberbsnyder
Brandon is currently the Director of Business Development at Storsmart Bader Insurance Programs. Previously, he was a partner at PFG Capital, which owned 40 self storage locations and a national tenant insurance program, Storsmart Insurance Program. Mr. Snyder also serves on the board of the Nevada Self Storage Association and is an active member of the Self Storage Association’s Young Leaders Group.


Mario Macaluso

Mario Macaluso – Program Manager
Mario, a recent board member and longtime industry veteran, has stepped in to serve as Program Manager and help educate and enroll self storage operators to the program. As the founder of Best Self Storage Insurance and a founding member of SBOA Tenant Insurance, Mario brings a passion for philanthropy and intimate understanding of the self storage industry to the role.

Charity Storage Ambassador Program

The Charity Storage Ambassador Program allows these committed individuals to represent Charity Storage at facilities and events to broaden our outreach. The Ambassadors have everything that is needed to familiarize owners, managers and vendors with the Charity Storage mission! We are so excited to have such wonderful advocates working on our behalf.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Charity Storage Ambassador, please contact us here.

2020 Program Ambassadors

Lance Watkins

Shelby Beck
Extra Self Storage

Poppy Behrens

Denee Burns

Robert Chiti
Cheli Rosa
Steve Santee
OpenTech Alliance/StorageTreasures

Brandon Snyder
Weston Cooper
Damon Emerson
Ryan Lazio
Ethan Luloff
Storsmart Bader Insurance

Anne Mari DeCoster

Jamey Fawcett

Sue Haviland
Haviland Storage Services

Erin King
Julie LaRose

Jyothi Shenoy
E-Soft Sys