Donating IT Hardware – Where to Share

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At Vibrant we’re quick to offer top dollar for your used IT hardware, but we definitely also encourage users to consider donation as an option (we do so ourselves when we can). There are many organizations out there who could use enterprise IT hardware and many who have equipment to spare, so here are a few sites that can pair up the two:

Share the Technology

We’ve used this site to connect with organizations and schools in need of server, storage and networking donations. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, they’ve provided a free public-access database since 1996.

Just this month we connected with John Kugler of Hyde Park Academy in Chicago to whom we sent some Cisco routers and switches. He mentioned those will possibly go to use in an IT project for a local YMCA, or perhaps be used for introductory networking education. These were surplus items to us and we’re glad they could be put to good use by this good gentleman.
If you’re a reseller, sign up for the Share the Technology database today!

National Cristina Foundation

From their website:

“National Cristina Foundation (NCF) provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives.”

Donate Today!
Also, check out TechSoup’s extensive list of non-profit and school-based recyclers, as well as their article,
10 Tips on Donating a Computer.

In the end, if you still need to get some money back for your excess equipment, selling it to another user or Vibrant isn’t going to completely destroy your karma. You are preventing one more server from being made after all (reuse, recycle and all that).

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