Computer and Other ICT Donations
These resources will help you research, prepare for, solicit and manage
donations of computers and other ICT equipment, including hardware and
software, for ICT4D initiatives.
Please read the directions stated on each web site CAREFULLY regarding
donation guidelines and requirements. Organizations that arrange
for ICT donations have strict guidelines that must be followed in order
to receive equipment. UNITeS is not affiliated with any of the resources
listed below, and cannot answer your questions regarding these organizations
nor their procedures. If you have questions about donations, please
use the contact information on the individual web sites listed below.
Most organizations will arrange for computer donations only if the
requesting organization offers a firm commitment to pay shipping expenses
and duty costs involved and to secure any necessary permissions regarding
shipping and equipment traveling across country borders. Many organizations
charge a service fee for coordinating donations.
Also note that most computer donations come with no software of any
kind (including an operating system).
Includes a database of donation offers, a database of requests within
the U.S., information for those outside the U.S., a Computer Recycling
& Reuse Directory, and an online discussion group about computer recycling
Identifies and works with organizations in recipient countries to help
them derive maximum value from recycled computers. Provides computers
to non governmental organizations working in developing countries.
An online donating service matching business and household materials
with wish lists of nearby nonprofits and recyclers that can provide
pick-ups. U.S.-focused only, but if you can find a U.S.-based organization
to sponsor your donation request, you may be able to use this service.
Features important tips on what to look for when accepting computer
donations. Links to even more resources that offer detailed information
on evaluating the cost of donated computers, and refurbished computer
support and maintenance.
Contact and donation information for the African Regional Centre for
Computing (Kenya) and African Computer Literacy Project (Ghana).
A non-profit organization dedicated to recycling computer equipment
to educational and charitable organizations in the United States, and
in developing countries around the world. The Foundation supports non-profit
organizations that promote human rights, democracy, freedom of speech
and better understanding between the peoples of the world.
A leading global charity in product philanthropy. Creates partnerships
that link companies and their valuable in-kind resources with a network
of more than 50,000 nonprofit organizations around the world.
A clearinghouse for computers and computer equipment. The computer request
form is available only to groups in developing countries.
Keys to Information, Technology, and Education (KITE) was founded in 2000 to support grassroots
organizations in developing countries by providing them with computer
equipment and technical education. Committed to equipping social change
organizations in developing countries and with free software and open
source software that could be copied or changed by anybody who wants to
use it, and available free of charge throughout the world, it is not operating anymore.
Arranges donations of computers, Internet equipment, scanners, photocopiers,
and fax machines to non-profit organizations. The charity refurbishes
the equipment for use in UK and Kenya in schools, churches, self help
groups and other non-profits OOA has also sent equipment to Gambia and
A non-profit organization dedicated to helping the world's poorest youth
bridge the global divides in information, technology and understanding.
Partners are usually non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government
ministries working in any developing country around the world. The site
includes a tool-kit for potential partners, with criteria for partnerships,
a summary of the process, computer and shipping costs, and sample agreements,
container contents, import documents, and samples of school surveys,
set-ups, and letters of commitment. All of the documents of the Toolkit
are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai.