About Us


Our Mission

The mission of Tools for Opportunity is to provide woodworking tools and training to craftsmen in developing countries. The craftsmen earn their tools to start or expand a woodworking business. The goal is to offer opportunities for financial security and self-reliance to individuals who would otherwise not have the resources to pursue their dreams of a better life.

Our vision is not about providing charity, but rather to seed long-term economic development that can raise the living standard in these areas through the hard work of local craftsmen. There are dozens of honest, hardworking, talented woodworkers in need of a few simple tools to develop a more viable woodworking business and provide a more secure income for their families.

Tools for Opportunity is incorporated in the State of Iowa as a 501(C)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Board of Directors

Gene Pedersen, President
Craig Ruegsegger, Vice President
John Marshall, Treasurer
Becky Kinney, Secretary

Kelsey Cervantes
Fritz Craiger
Mike Donovan
Nita Upchurch