TechSoup Refurbished Computer Initiative
Mission: TechSoup Global is working toward a time when every nonprofit and NGO on the planet has the technology resources and knowledge they need to operate at their full potential. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access donated and discounted products and services, including high-quality refurbished hardware, and software from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.
Approach: Full Circle Fund’s Technology Impact Circle team provided TechSoup with seed funding and strategic advice to develop a business plan to launch the RCI pilot. Members also leveraged its support and involvement to enroll additional RCI partners such as Cisco Systems.
In the second grant year, Full Circle Fund supported the proof-of-concept phase through additional funding, outreach and marketing materials to recruit early partners.
Full Circle Fund helped TechSoup to go live with RCI in February 2006, well ahead of schedule. The program signed up corporate donors of used computers for refurbishment.
Members’ efforts with exposure resulted in TechSoup hitting a major milestone in September 2007. The organization received a generous $500,000, two-year grant from the California Emerging Technology Fund to scale up RCI in California.
Today, with help from Full Circle Fund Members, TechSoup is making it easy for individuals and businesses to donate computers, with more than 700 nonprofits having purchased low-cost computers through the RCI pilot alone
“Full Circle Fund provided the first grant funding to launch TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative. This seed support paved the way for matching grants from the John Chambers Family Foundation and the California Emerging Technology Fund. Full Circle Fund member Anthony Lee also ended up joining our board as treasurer. It is a rare organization indeed that can provide so much deep support to get a worthwhile project going.” -Jim Lynch, TechSoup Computer Recycling & Reuse Director, CompuMentor