Buying a new laptop this holiday season? Donate your old laptop and make a difference.

The holiday season is upon us! And what better time to splurge and buy new things than the holidays, right? Computers and laptops make great gifts. If you’re planning to get a new laptop and dispose of the old one, this article can help you get started.

If you want to dispose of an old laptop, or you simply just have an unused computer sitting at home collecting dust, you can do it correctly and mindfully. There is more to the disposal of electronics than you think.

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Richard Appiah Akoto from Ghana teaching MS Word without having access to a computer. Microsoft later flew him to Singapore, trained him and provided computers for his school. (source)


One way to do it by reusing, which you can do by donating used computers and gadgets to various non-profit organizations. These organizations work with different partners across the globe to help and assist someone else to put your old electronics to good use. This will not only take your e-waste off your hands, but you can be sure your old laptops can be used to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Here’s a list of organizations you can choose from:

1. World Computer Exchange

Established in 2009, the World Computer Exchange (WCE) has helped over 4 million young people in 3,465 schools from 51 countries. This organization works closely with more than 900 partner organizations and has 25 strategic allies in multiple countries. Many of their volunteers are working in different chapters across the globe in Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the USA.

WCE only accepts working computers, including a dual-core and iSeries desktops and laptops (equipped with their power adapters). They also accept monitors from 17”, 19” and 21” only. Used but working USB keyboards with wires, microphones, earphones, and scanners with cables and software are also accepted.

You can visit the World Computer Exchange to know how you can donate or schedule delivery.

2. The Turing Trust

The Turing Trust is a registered charity founded by James Turing in honor of his great uncle, World War II codebreaker, Alan Turing. Located in the UK, The Turing Trust supports education in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, the Trust has given more than 4,200 computers in hundreds of schools enabling 41,000 students to access to digital education, supported and trained of more than 500 teachers, and has reused more than 69 tons of waste.

The Turing Trust accepts any donations of computers and laptops that can run on Windows 7, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, or above. They accept desktops PCs, laptops, tablets, iPads, smartphones all with their respective chargers. The Trust does not accept broken or damaged equipment.

If you’re from the UK and would like to donate, contact them here.

3. Computers with Causes

A non-profit organization in the US, Computers with Causes is part of the Giving Center program, which aims to practice and express charitable giving on both individuals and corporations.

Computers with Causes will refurbish donated laptops or computers and will be given to those who need education assistance, learning programs, foster homes, or even disabled veterans in need. They accept donations of varied electronics such as laptops, computers, tablets, printers, cameras, and other gadgets.

To know what else you can donate, visit this link.

4. Camara Education

Camara Education is a registered charity in England founded in 2005 by Cormac Lynch who believed education is the key to a child’s future prosperity. With over 3.5 million children supported, 55,000 teachers trained, and 115,000 computers installed, Camara Education uses technology to improve education in low-income communities.

They refurbish donated computers and securely erase all data to set up computer labs or eLearning Centres in schools in Africa and Ireland.

Check here what computers you can donate and how you can donate.

5. National Cristina Foundation

The National Cristina Foundation aims to promote technology reuse and helps donors of used laptops and computers to locate and select local charities or schools in their community to receive their donations.

Composed of hundreds of organizations across the US, The National Cristine Foundation focuses on helping education-related non-profits that use technology to train disabled individuals.

You can use their non-profit locator to find if there’s a charity near you that needs your old laptop.

6. The Freecycle Network

Freecycle is a free internet service that lets people donate (and receive) stuff for free. It’s all about reusing stuff you don’t need and letting others use it. Joining the website is also free.

Freecycle isn’t limited to electronics – as long as you can legally give it away, you can list it.

You can explore their website to know more.

7. Donate A PC

Just like Freecycle, Donate A PC is a free service for UK residents and organizations who wish to donate unneeded IT equipment to good causes.

Donors input the hardware they wish to donate on the list. The good causes can then review the list and if they find what they need, they can contact the donor and then arrange the donation. Once the item is donated, it is then removed from the list.

You can add your donation to the list here.

8. Educational Assistance Ltd (EALgreen)

Educational Assistance Ltd., also known as EALgreen, connects companies with excess inventory to colleges and universities in need of supplies and equipment.

EALgreen takes these donated laptops, computers, and equipment and exchanges them for scholarships. This unique model has helped transform the lives of more than 16,000 students that need severe financial support.

EALgreen services are free and the whole donation process is coordinated by the organization. To know more how this works, visit their website.

Donating old laptops to charities and non-profit organizations is a smart and sustainable move. It’s not only good for the planet, but it’s also good for the people. It’s a great avenue of extending a helping hand to those who are underprivileged.

There are other sustainable options out there that can help you get rid of your used electronics, but nothing comes close knowing your used electronics are being used by someone who greatly needs it and how in your own little way you’re helping make an impact on somebody’s life.

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