Things to Donate
We collect donated laptops from the community, refurbish them, then distribute them to low-income households without computers via our network of nonprofit direct service providers (social workers, caseworkers, educators, or healthcare workers). All donated laptops are securely wiped (according to the US Dept of Defense 5220.22-M Standard as well as 20+ international data sanitizing standards) and refurbished by volunteers. Our goal is to connect adults on the other side of the digital divide with better jobs, educational success, remote healthcare, and other resources that can help them thrive.
WHAT WE CAN USE:
PC laptops from 2015 or later running Windows, with power cords
(min. 4 GB RAM, 250 GB hard drive)
Apple MacBooks or iPads from 2010 or later, with power cords
Working keyboards/mice (preferable wired/USB)
Anything from our Amazon Wish List
WHAT WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE:
anything needing repair or missing its hard drive
PC laptops running anything but Windows
printers, scanners, or fax machines
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something to donate and we can arrange drop-off/pick-up!
Donating stock can have two-fold tax savings benefits: you could avoid capital gains tax for those securities and receive a tax deduction for your contribution. On top of those benefits, by supporting digital equity in the community with your stock donation, you are providing adults with the skills they need to enter the workforce, allowing families to better support their child's education, assisting veterans' access to online healthcare support, and offering seniors a chance to improve their social and civic engagement!
Donating stock is easy! Just give the following information to your broker:
Investment Custodian: Edward Jones
Please contact Bob Allbright at Edward Jones via 608-935-9299 after you've made your stock donation request to your broker. Providing Bob at Edward Jones your name, address, and email or phone number allows us to send you the necessary donation letter for your tax filing.
By supporting digital equity in the community with your donation, you are providing adults with the skills they need to enter the workforce, allowing families to better support their child's education, assisting veterans' and rural-area families access to online healthcare support, and offering veterans and seniors a chance to improve their social and civic engagement!
$15,000 pays for a full year of free weekly Walk-In Computer Help or Tech Repair Clinic at a local community center or library --helping hundreds of low-income adults and seniors needing help learning how to use computers or looking for tech repair assistance.
$4,000 buys 200 laptop cases for the free laptops we give to low-income households without computers over the course of a year.
$1,000 covers the cost of refurbishing 20 donated laptops, which go to low-income households without a computer.
$500 covers the cost of printing our Computer Literacy Guides for one year, which go to laptop recipients and visitors to our Computer Help Clinics.
$300 allows us to offer one free, 2-hour Walk-In Computer Help or Tech Repair Clinic at a community center or library.
$100 buys hard drives for two donated laptops that we couldn't refurbish without new hard drives.
$50 covers the cost refurbishing one donated laptop to distribute to a family or adult in need.
ANY amount helps us close the digital divide in Dane County, which means a better prepared workforce, more successful students, healthier community, and more engaged seniors and veterans! Learn more about our Digital Equity Project, working to promote digital equity in Dane County.