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About BuyQ

BuyQ is the only group purchasing organization devoted specifically to charter and private schools. Originally founded in 2012 as an initiative of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, BuyQ is now an independent, mission-driven company focused on serving schools throughout the country. BuyQ’s experience, knowledge, and passion for the distinct needs of charter and private schools and their students sets us apart from other group purchasing organizations.

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What we do:

BuyQ leverages the combined purchasing power of 4,000+ schools to deliver significant savings and other benefits specifically for charter and private schools. In coordination with a committee of school representatives, BuyQ selects group purchasing vendors through an open and competitive RFP process that ensures charter and private schools receive the greatest value.

Our commitment to you:

At BuyQ, we put the needs of charter and private schools and their students ahead of everything else in all that we do. That includes adhering to a strict code of conduct that governs our contracting process. This ensures that our awarded vendors have been selected according to ethical purchasing standards that put schools first.

Our Team

 

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Christine Rafanelli
Co-founder & CEO

 

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Marco Rafanelli
Co-founder, COO & Chief Product Officer

 

Daniela Parra
Daniela Parra
Staff Administrator

 

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Patrick Finley
Business Development Manager
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Katrina Conley
Lead Consultant
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Amie Sugarman
Lead Consultant

Beginning

2006

The Colorado League of Charter Schools launches its first ever "purchasing program" aimed at helping its member school save on costs related to running their schools.

2013

The purchasing program turned into a national effort and was taken private and spun off from the CO League of Charter Schools by co-founders and husband and wife team: Marco & Christine Rafanelli. 

2013

2015

Now a standalone company, the name "BuyQ" is adopted and continues to capture the ethos of strategic "high IQ" purchasing!

2015-2019

BuyQ continues to add quality suppliers to its list of group purchasing contracts (Completebook, Grainger, etc.)

2015-2019

2022

BuyQ adds Private Schools to it's participant base, expanding based on the expertise and success of the program within the charter community.

Present

Today BuyQ serves over 4,000+ school participants

Over $25M in savings for schools each year.