Life Science Cares and The Possible Project, a nonprofit that fosters entrepreneurship in students from underserved communities, are challenging local companies to donate 1,000 used laptop computers.
The computers will be used by a student venture at The Possible Project in which students sell the computers or their parts, learn about technology and marketing, and are empowered to become the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Participating companies will earn tax write-offs for electronic equipment in any condition, and will help fund ongoing programs at The Possible Project.
“The laptops – whether working or just for parts – give our students valuable, real-world experience in the ever-expanding online economy,” said Kate Mackie, manager of We Sell Possible, The Possible Project’s online resale business.
Robert Finnegan, vice president of enterprises at The Possible Project, said, “The 1,000 Laptop Challenge gives local companies an opportunity to help students from the communities in which they do business with no out-of-pocket expense. We pick up used laptops and other electronics in any condition. Companies concerned about data security can wipe the memories of these devices, or even donate laptops after removing their hard drives.”
“Donating electronics to provide real-world business experience to students enables Alkermes to make a meaningful impact in the communities where our employees live and work and to support the next generation of business leaders,” said Tom Harvey, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, IT at Alkermes. “We are proud to participate in the 1,000 Laptop Challenge and encourage other companies to seize this opportunity to be a responsible corporate citizen.”
Sarah MacDonald, executive director of Life Science Cares, said, “The 1,000 Laptop Challenge is one of the easiest ways for companies of any size or sector to give back to community. Not only do students learn valuable skills for career success, but companies can contribute to the recycling economy, ensuring that computers wind up in the hands of those that can use them rather than in a landfill. We invite companies – even those outside our traditional life science constituency – to help us hit our 1,000 laptop goal.
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Frequently Asked Questions
HOW ARE THE DONATED ITEMS USED?
Donated laptops are sold by students in one of The Possible Project’s in-house enterprises, We Sell Possible. Laptops sell for an average of $40-90 per item, depending on condition. Proceeds support TPP programming and students!
IS THERE A MINIMUM QUALITY STANDARD?
No. We accept laptops in any condition. This includes laptops that are working or broken, and laptops with or without hard drives or operating systems.
IS A HARD DRIVE OR OPERATING SYSTEM NEEDED?
No. Laptops do NOT need to have an operating system or hard drive. We also accept donations of laptops without batteries or power cords.
WHAT ABOUT DATA SECURITY?
We encourage you to wipe personal data, remove pass codes, and restore factory settings before donating your used items. We also accept donations of laptops without hard drives.
DO YOU ACCEPT DONATIONS OF OTHER ITEMS?
YES! We accept donations of small electronics including cellphones, computers, computer monitors/screens, VOIP phone systems, AV technology, LCD projectors, docking stations, spare parts & other peripherals. If you have other items you are considering donating, please contact us for further information!
HOW DO WE SCHEDULE A DONATION?
We will have scheduled collections during these time frames Nov 1-15, 2018; Feb 1-15, 2019; May 1-15, 2019; and other dates by appointment. Contact us to schedule a pick up from your office at a time that works for you!
DO YOU PROVIDE A TAX RECEIPT?
Yes. We will provide a donation receipt for tax purposes.
How to donate used electronic equipment to the 1,000 Laptop Challenge:
The Possible Project:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (617) 492-9200
Life Science Cares: