*** Important *** Laptop Upcycle is NOT an electronic recycling organization and can NOT accept devices other than what is described below. Please DO NOT drop off or send any equipment other than working laptops that meet our requirements.
Thank you for considering a donation of equipment to Laptop Upcycle. Your donation of equipment is instrumental to our success, but more importantly, it is what makes a difference in a young adult's life and helps them to realize their goals.
Here's how the process works:
You first complete the Donate Technology form below. We collect your profile/contact information and the type of equipment you are prepared to donate.
Please note that your email and mailing address are kept in the strictest of confidence and are only used for the distribution of the IRS donation letter we generate for you (see below).
Laptop Upcycle will contact you to confirm the information and coordinate drop off or pick up.
Once we receive the equipment, we log it in our system and generate a thank you/tax receipt letter to you or your organization.
*** About Donation Tax Letters *** Laptop Upcycle is a Doing Business As (DBA) unit of 501c3 nonprofit HackNCraftNJ, Inc.. As a nonprofit we are required by law to provide you with a receipt/donation letter for your donation. Details of your donation are entered by you below on the donation form. IRS regulations require you document the fair market value of this donation (we do not do this). Laptop Upcycle will generate a donation letter/receipt for you after we accept your donation. Please note that the timing of this letter may vary, but is usually sent within a month. By law we are required to provide you with a receipt by January 31 after a tax year.
Equipment Accepted - What We'll Take
"In order to simplify the process and best serve our clients with a stable supportable computing environment, Laptop Upcycle needs to limit the equipment we accept. First we accept only laptops (hence the name). Our experience is that our clients need portable solutions. We accept laptops running Microsoft Windows, recent versions of Apple Macbooks, and Google Chromebooks. In addition we request that laptops meet the following minimum standards:
Laptops should have a working front facing webcam and the display screen must not be cracked or damaged.
The laptop BIOS should not be locked (sometimes seen on corporate hardware). If the BIOS on your laptop is locked, please unlock it or have your corporate IT department unlock it prior to donation.
Windows compatible laptops should be of vintage Windows 7 or newer to donate.
Data Destruction and Your Equipment
Laptop Upcycle will wipe the contents of the hard drive(s) of any donated device prior to the installation of a Ubuntu image (non-chromebooks). We will use industry standard software to completely wipe your data and issue you a certificate of data destruction with every donation. Our current standard for data destruction is SecureErase, Once enabled, SecureErase wipes data to the specification (NIST 800-88 4 and 800-14). Secure Erase is compliant with the following laws: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Please complete the form below to initiate your donation to Laptop Upcycle. Once we receive your information we will contact you with drop off/pick up details. Your email and address are only used to generate your thank you letter and is not shared. Be sure to scroll down and click the "Submit" button.