Corporate America: We Need Your Computers to Bridge the Digital Divide
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Millions of Americans Don’t Have Access to Computers: A Nationwide Call for Computer Donations
In partnership with the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, National Cristina Foundation has launched this countrywide call for laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, and tablets from corporate and governmental entities. Due to the global COVID-19 crisis, the demand for low- and no-cost computers for those in need far exceeds the current available supply.
The Digital Divide Today
The need for computers has never been greater.
Nearly 22% of U.S. households currently do not own a desktop or laptop computer (United States Census Bureau).
With schools, businesses, libraries, and community centers closed, access to public computers has been effectively cut off.
COVID-19 is exposing an urgent and heartbreaking aspect of the digital divide, as one fifth of Americans are disconnected from education, telehealth, employment, skills development, and community.
Corporate Benefits of Computer Donation
How it Works
Connect with Us
Complete and submit the form on this page to let us know you have equipment you’d like to donate. A member of the National Cristina Foundation team will be in touch.
Intro to Refurbisher
Based on donation size and location(s), we’ll connect you with the most appropriate member of the Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR), a nationwide network of nonprofit computer refurbishers.
Work Out Logistics
Each donation is different; we’ll help to work out the logistics together so that your donation can reach the appropriate refurbisher.
Refurbishment & Distribution
AFTRR member organizations evaluate each item donated to determine operability, refurbish most to prepare for distribution, and make them available to their communities through low-cost resale or no-cost donations to individuals, schools, or community organizations.
About the National Cristina Foundation
Established in 1984, National Cristina Foundation (NCF) is a national voice for digital inclusion, providing advocacy, impact, and insight. Since inception, NCF has facilitated the donation of hundreds of thousands of previously used computers to organizations that provide education, rehabilitation, and job training to people in need. Our history of expertise in the area of technology reuse allows NCF to play a unique role today in addressing the many facets of the digital divide, including access to devices, connectivity, and skills development. We are working to build national awareness of digital inclusion and strengthen the work of practitioners in communities nationwide.
About Our Partners
National Digital Inclusion Alliance
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. We work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public.
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is one of twelve Federal Reserve banks that are the operating arms of our nation’s central bank. Nearly 2,000 employees at the Kansas City Fed work in monetary policy, banking supervision, payments and public engagement, as well as supporting areas, including information technology, financial management and administrative services.
Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse
The Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR) is made up of over 80 nonprofit computer refurbishers found in communities across the country. A program of National Cristina Foundation, AFTRR members refurbish donated computers and provide them at no-cost or low-cost to particularly vulnerable segments of our population, helping to grant access to communication, employment, and education.
The need for operable laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, and tablets is acute and urgent. To meet this need, large-scale donations of computers in quantities of 100+ are being sought from corporate and government entities. These computers will be refurbished (unless inoperable or used for parts) and pushed out into communities across America, helping those disconnected as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Operable desktops, laptops, Chromebooks, or tablets, new or used, are desired. Keyboards, mice, and other peripherals are not specifically being targeted with this campaign, but may be accepted. Wifi connectivity is preferred for any donated device. Desktops/laptops with hard drives intact are also preferred.
Refurbishers evaluate every computer donated, to determine operability and worthiness of refurbishment. Some donated equipment is broken down into parts, some is recycled responsibly. The goal is to refurbish and distribute as many computers as possible.
Complete and submit the contact form on this website and provide as much information about the number and types of computers (models, operating systems, etc.) as possible. A member of the National Cristina Foundation team will coordinate your request and connect you with the most appropriate refurbisher (based on donation size, location, etc.) to discuss the logistics of pick-up or shipping.
Complete and submit the contact form on this website and provide as much information about the number and types of computers (models, operating systems, etc.) as possible. Donations of this quantity may not meet pick-up criteria by participating refurbishers, and shipping may be required. We will do our best to find a recipient for your donation.
Logistics for each donation will be worked out between the donor and recipient organization. In some cases, pick-up may be arranged at no cost to the donor. In other cases, shipping costs may need to be split or handled entirely by the donor. The fine details of each donation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Yes. However, refurbishers cannot guarantee that every donated computer will be put back into service. Each device is evaluated upon receipt. Some equipment may be broken down for parts or recycled.
Collectively, all computers received in this nationwide call to action help to close the digital divide and assist those in need. Individual computers that are refurbished may be donated directly to other community organizations serving people in need or made available for low-cost purchase. Participating refurbishers are all members of the Alliance for Technology Refurbishing & Reuse (AFTRR), a program of the National Cristina Foundation. AFTRR members are independent nonprofit organizations united by the mission of solving digital inequity.
While targeted donations to specific schools or charitable organizations may be possible, the ability to do so varies by refurbisher. All donations are used to help to fill acute needs in communities nationwide, so any equipment contributed is going to solve digital inequity and help those in need.
Participating refurbishers have COVID-19 precautions in place to protect both their workers and the public. These precautions may include, but are not limited to, quarantine of product before processing, sanitization processes and other safety protocols to ensure the safe handling and distribution of product to the recipients.
All participating AFTRR refurbishers adhere to robust data security and responsible recycling protocols.
Yes. National Cristina Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 private operating foundation with a mission to build national awareness of digital inclusion and strengthen the work of practitioner organizations. If your company would like to support this urgent response to the COVID-19 crisis, we would be grateful. Indicate your interest on the contact form, and a member of the team will be in touch.
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