Donate Your Old Unused Gadgets To A needy…..
According to data, 76% of the rural households in India send their children to government or government-aided schools. The ASER assessment data of all Indian states submitted by the organization Pratham, states that only 40% of the children studying in V class in rural government schools in India can read level 2 (Class II) text and only 20% of them can do division. Sikshana felt the need to improve the learning levels among children studying in a government school. The organization was started by a group of like-minded professionals in the year 2002 and began its work by adopting a few government primary schools based in and around Bangalore. Today, Sikshana reaches out to 1,80,000 children across 1115 schools in the State of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
At Sunbright Foundation, we offer users to ReCommerce their gadgets in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Some of the charities we work with include GiveIndia and CRY which offer you an option to donate the proceeds of the sale of your used gadget for charity.
- The charity will email electronic donation certificate and tax receipt to you.
- Thereafter feedback of the donation program will also be shared on how your action has created social change.
For every transaction, Sunbright donates an amount to a charity towards creating social impact.
Some of the charities we work with include:
Don’t chuck that smartphone or PC that you think is past its prime. Donate it to a group that would place it in a pair of needy little hands
For well over 50 percent of the Class X students at this government-aided school, online classes are a recurring challenge. Lack of ready access to a digital device means they can’t take these lessons live, or have to rely on somebody’s generosity.
This government-aided school is not in some hinterland, but smack in the middle of most urbanised section of Chennai.
“Of the 50 students at Class X, 27 do not have access to a digital device,” says Ruby Puthotta, headmistress, Lady Sivaswami Ayyar Girls Higher Secondary School, a government-aided school in Mylapore. “Some borrow from their neighbours. Some access the lessons in the evening when their parents return from work and give the children their mobiles.”
Class XII students are lucky as a majority have received laptops a year ago by virtue of a policy by the Tamil Nadu Government.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about 2.37 million tons of e-waste ended up in landfills in 2009. And unfortunately, many of the electronic gadgets dumped in landfills are still usable.
If you’re like me, your old devices end up sitting in a closet or storage space every time you upgrade to a new computer, cellphone, or TV. However, instead of letting the old electronics sit there collecting dust – or tossing them into the trash – consider donating them.
You can see your obsolete items go to a good cause and gain a new life, and furthermore, if you donate your unwanted electronics, you can receive a tax deduction for charitable contributions. You’ll have to itemize your taxes, but you can deduct the fair market value of any electronic device you give to charity, as well as any furniture, clothing, or book donations.
Where to Donate Used Electronics
1. World Computer Exchange
World Computer Exchange uses donated electronics to build computer labs in primary schools and colleges in underdeveloped countries. Often, children in these countries do not have access to a computer or the Internet. As of 2012, World Computer Exchange is looking for Pentium 4 computers, printers, network equipment, and cellphones. You can find out where to donate by visiting the World Computer Exchange website.
2. Games For Heroes
Sending care packages and donations to U.S. soldiers is one of my favorite ways to contribute charitably. Two high school students founded Games For Heroes, an organization that collects handheld video games and devices and ships them to U.S. soldiers stationed overseas. The charity is looking for new and used games and handhelds, including Sony PlayStation PSP and Nintendo DS.
3. Fireside International
Fireside International collects new and used iPhones, iPods, and iPads. The donated electronics are loaded with educational videos created by volunteers of the organization, and distributed to schools and private households in Haiti. Any needed item you donate will help a child learn to read and write in their native language. Visit the Fireside International website for the donation address.
4. Donation Town
Donation Town works with several well-known charities, including The Salvation Army, The Hope Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity. Currently, Donation Town is looking for used TV sets, which are given to charitable organizations nationwide. You can schedule a pickup online through the Donation Town website.
5. The Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation accepts new and used computers, gaming consoles, and MP3 players. Donated electronics are given to hospitalized children to help make their hospital stay more comfortable. You can either ship your items or arrange a drop-off with a local chapter through the Make-A-Wish Foundation website.
6. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has partnered with ReCellular, Inc. to raise money for the fight against domestic violence. The charity collects donated cellphones, which are refurbished and sold by ReCellular Inc. A portion of the proceeds go toward different NCADV programs. Check out the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website for donation instructions.
7. Cell Phones for Soldiers
The Cell Phones for Soldiers program accepts used cellphones, which are refurbished and sold. A portion of the profits goes toward purchasing prepaid calling minutes for soldiers deployed overseas, and the soldiers can use the prepaid minutes to make calls to their families back home. Visit the Cell Phone for Soldiers website for drop-off locations and mailing information.