If you’re looking for ways to help others, then consider donating your tech devices. Many charitable organizations accept donations of electronics to help others and raise money for their cause. That old flip phone you have in the back of a drawer may make a big difference in someone’s life. Recycle your tech to do good in the world.
You also can collect used tech to raise money for the charitable organization of your choice. Find out how to hold donation events to turn used tech into charitable contributions for your organization.
Also see, How to Get the Most for Your Used Tech
Domestic Violence Organizations
Many domestic violence organizations accept donations of electronics.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The NCAV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) accepts:
• Any cell phone in any condition and their accessories (most wanted: Iphones and Blackberries, but they’d will take what you have)
• Mp3 Players
• Digital Cameras
• Video Game Systems
The organization resells and recycles donated electronics to:
• Fund programming that empowers victims of domestic violence, connects victims and survivors to helpful resources, and helps them remain free from abuse
• Support legislation aimed at ending domestic violence
• Give support and resources to organizations across the US working to stop violence in the home
NCAV will pay for shipping if you have three or more items to donate. The organization will help you hold a device donation drive and provide a form to help deduct the value of your donation from your income taxes.
Shelter Alliance has been accepting donations of cell phones since 2001 and claims to have the largest cell phone recycling program in North America. Shelter Alliance accepts donations of cell phones, iPads and iPods.
Shelter Alliance has three different donation programs:
- You can hold a device donation drive for your charitable organization
- You can donate your devices to help raise funds for victims of domestic violence
- Students can get community service hours to students who collect cell phones to donate to the organization (three phones equals one hour)
Verizon Wireless runs a program called HopeLine where you can donate your used cell phone at Verizon stores to support victims of domestic violence.
From the HopeLine website: “HopeLine phones are refurbished phones that are equipped with 3,000 anytime minutes of airtime and texting capabilities. They come with Verizon Wireless Nationwide Coverage, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, 3-Way Calling, Caller ID, Basic Voice Mail and texting. HopeLine phones are available to survivors affiliated with participating domestic violence agencies.”
HopeLine also has an app to help people dealing with domestic violence issues. The HopeLine app has resources to learn more about domestic violence resources, assistance with donating to HopeLine and a call button to connect you directly to the National Network to End Domestic Violence for crisis intervention, information and referrals.
Secure the Call
Secure the Call accepts donated cell phones and provides free 911-only cell phones to senior citizens, domestic violence shelters and police departments around the US.
Other Charitable Organizations
American Cell Phone Drive
American Cell Phone Drive accepts donations of used cell phones to “fund charitable organizations which provide scholarships for American children who have lost a parent to enemy or terrorist acts, feed malnourished children in Asia, build low-income housing, donate prepaid calling cards to military personnel, sponsor missionaries in China and support a host of other good works.” Enter your zip code on their website to find a location box near you.
Raising Money for Your Charitable Organization
Helping Military Personnel
You can recycle your tech to help US military personnel.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Cell Phones for Soldiers donates one hour of free talk time for a US soldier to call home for each cell phone donated.
If you are aware of other charitable organizations who accept donations of used tech, please provide that information in the Comments section below. If comments are closed, please email me the information at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can include the organization in this article.
Have you ever donated your used tech to a charitable organization? Have you ever held a tech donation event to raise funds? Do you like the idea of recycling tech to do good? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Tech drawing by Hiking Artist