Computer Donation and Laptop donations benefit Computers with Causes charity organization in the United States. Our charity Computer Donation program participates in a zero-waste recycling program. New and used Computer Donations appreciated. All charity Computer Donations are tax deductible and support wonderful charitable causes!

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Computer Donation Frequently Asked Questions

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Computers with Causes takes the guesswork out of the whole Computer Donation process by offering easy to understand and useful information throughout this website. Below we have written the most common questions we have answered over the years relating to computer donations. Please do not hesitate to contact Computers with Causes through our computer donation contact page.


What should you do with your old computer?
Recycling your old computer with Computers with Causes is a great way to get it into the hands of someone who can use it to the benefit of those in your community.


What computer equipment is best suited for reuse?
Charitable donations of computer equipment that individuals or companies would like to pass on directly to Computers with causes should generally be no more than five years old, (in most cases) in working condition, and Internet-capable. Up to five-year-old working laptops and laser printers are in high demand, as are 17-inch or larger working monitors, mice, keyboards, and cables.


How can I maximize the reuse potential of my computer system?
Donate your old computer to Computers with Causes within a few months after buying your new one. For most people, it is unnecessary to keep older computers around for parts or as a backup machine. The effective reuse life of a computer is only two or three years, so the sooner you get it back into the cycle, the more useful it can be.


Can my donations be used as is or do they have to be refurbished or upgraded?
Almost all three-to-five-year-old working computers can be upgraded to do the six things most people do with computers: Internet browsing, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and finances. We often install bigger hard drives, more RAM, and often a network card for computers going to charities or schools. Up to three-year-old working computers are generally useful as-is.


Where will my reusable electronic products likely to go?
There are actually two streams of reuse. One is noncommercial or in the form of direct use (Charitable programs) and the other is commercial. Generally, Computers with Causes will utilize as many reusable computers in the direct furtherance of our charitable programs and those that we support.


Can my non-working computers serve as training tools for students?
Yes. Your charitable donation to Computers with Causes may end up in a school lab or community technology centers somewhere in the community.


Am I eligible for a tax break if I donate my old electronics?
Yes, if you donate it to a library, school, or a nonprofit program such as Computers with Causes. The tax laws pertaining to this are Section 170 of the Federal Income Tax Code, the New Millennium Classrooms Act, and the 21st Century Classrooms Act. Business donors can deduct the un-depreciated value of the computer, and individuals can deduct the current market value of a computer.

Example: A computer and related software with a purchase price of $3,000, valued at $500 at time of contribution, receives a $500 deduction on Schedule A. A written receipt must be received and Form 8283 should be attached to returns. The tax receipt that schools or nonprofits provide should have your name on it, the name and identifying number of the recipient organization, and the model and type of equipment donated.
Recipients are not authorized to appraise the value of the equipment. You are responsible for the determination of the value of your donated equipment.


Ensuring Privacy of Your Data
If I have confidential information on my system, what questions should I ask of the donation recipients regarding privacy? What should I do before I pass on my system for reuse to ensure the security of my information?

Computers with Causes shall remove data from all storage devices in accordance with Dept of Defense (DOD) 5220.22-M standard. Devices that are non-operational will be physically destroyed.

All items will be stored in a non-accessible area of the of our facilities until such time that the hard drives can be erased in compliance with Gutmann’s data destruction methodology.

If you haven't deleted your personal information, Computers with Causes provides the highest level of data security possible the Dept of Defense (DOD) 5220.22-M standard.


If I have software on my system and wish to leave it on the system, do I need to include the licenses with my system?
Yes. Although certainly not required, older computers work best with older software, so it's incredibly useful to pass along any software that goes with your older computer like restore CDs, documentation, and any other software you won't use on your replacement equipment. To make sure that the next user has access to software that goes with computers legally, include the media (disks or CDs), manuals and any papers that look like legal documents. The most important ones are called End User License Agreements and Certificates of Authenticity. Note that the EULA may be an online document the user clicked "Agree" to years ago. The Certificate of Authenticity may be nothing more than some fancy printing with a serial number on the cover of the basic User Manual (if the system came preloaded, as many now do).


What is the real story on myths about reuse -- do systems get dumped on schools that then have to dispose of outdated materials? Do such systems really get shipped to China for dismantling in unsafe conditions?
Computers with Causes shall dispose and recycle all obsolete and non-viable equipment utilizing a “zero landfill” procedure in which items are de-assembled to their component level (circuit board, glass, metal, plastic) for recycling and re-use.

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