FAQ for Donors of Equipment to TECH CORPS Georgia
A nonprofit organization bridging the digital divide in Georgia

FAQ for Donors of Equipment

1. How do I know my data will be protected?

TCGa encourages our donors to wipe thier data off from the hard drive before donating thier computers. TCGa recognizes the importance of data security. We use utilities that are conforming to the standards of DOD that erases all information previously stored on the hard drive before reusing or recycling the equipment. This assures the security of your information and the certainty that your software will not be passed on to others. Our processes and procedures protect us, our donors, and our receiving organizations.

2. Why is improperly discarded e-scrap harmful?

Computer and electronic equipment contain hazardous materials, such as:

  • Cadmium: largely found in nickel-cadmium (NiCD) batteries used in laptop computers
  • Lead: the picture tubes in computer monitors contain a cathode ray tube (CRT), which contains leaded glass. Computer monitors and televisions, which also contain CRTs, are the largest source of lead in municipal waste.
  • Mercury: e-Scrap is the number-one source of mercury in municipal waste.

TCGa has partnered with local plastic, metal and e-scrap recyclers and disposes all the e-scrap in full compliance with state and federal regulations.

TCGa can also provide your organization with a certificate of disposal for the equipment donated.

3. Does it cost me anything to recycle my computer at TCGa?

We request a donation fee of $5 for each computer component that cannot be refurbished and must be recycled.

4. Does TCGa accept donations of software?

TCGa does accept donations of software. All software must be on the original discs or CD's, and must be accompanied by all appropriate documentation (i.e., manuals). Windows 98 and Windows 2000 Licenses can be accepted in 'any' condition (we really need these).

5. Can I write this off on my taxes?

All monetary donations are tax-deductible.

All equipment donations are tax-deductible.

The IRS requires that each individual ascertain his/her own value of the equipment donated according to market value. For more information, see the IRS Tax Tip: Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions.

6. What is the monetary value of the equipment that I can deduct?

TCGa cannot place a value on your donation. There is a term in law entitled conflict of interest, wherein a "clash" occurs between the public's interest and the pecuniary (financial or monetary) interests of an individual, or group.

To avoid a conflict of interest, the IRS has denied charities the right to place a value on donated property. Legal tax receipts from 501(c)(3) charities may only provide proof of the items donated and specify its nature.

Visit the completed auctions section at www.ebay.com or check your local newspaper's classified section to determine the market value of your donated equipment. Also, see the IRS article, Tips for Deducting Charitable Contributions.