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Donated Computing Equipment for Projects and Initiatives

If you are looking for discounted computing equipment for a project or initiative, there are a number of resources available to you. Please keep in mind that the University may be able to provide recycled computers, but machines will have the hard drives removed for security reasons, meaning that you would need to purchase a new hard drive, operating system or other hardware to have a fully functional machine. Included below are some local and national resources that may be worth pursuing. Note: Each program has its own set of requirements and, in some cases, application deadlines.


TechSoup connects nonprofits with vendors and charities offering discounted new and refurbished computing hardware including computers, networking equipment, and servers. Note: Universities are not eligible for some TechSoup partner offers.


Computer Reach

Computer Reach is a non-profit social enterprise that trains volunteers to refurbish used computers and digital equipment in an environmentally responsible manner. They work with funding partners to provide refurbished equipment to qualified humanitarian organizations around the world to meet their technology needs so they can better serve their communities. Note: Computer Reach donations are for non-profit organizations (NPO) and non-governmental organizations (NGO) only.

Powered by, Connect All is a multi-vendor ecommerce platform that provides affordable computers and Internet to nonprofit organizations and low-income individuals.


Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility: Product Grant Program

Cisco donates networking technology to qualified nonprofit organizations to help them realize significant gains in productivity, scalability, and cost-efficiency. See their grant eligibility requirements for more information.


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation works with partner organizations worldwide to (1) fight hunger and poverty, (2) advance science and technology, (3) improve U.S. high school and postsecondary education, and (4) build strategic relationships and promote policies to advance their work. See their grantseeker F.A.Q for more information on their approach to grant making.


Many thanks to University of Rochester IT, whose computer donation documentation served as a model for this document.