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Subject: Donating software
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: applejacks-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 12 Jul 2003 19:43 PDT
Expires: 11 Aug 2003 19:43 PDT
Question ID: 229269
What charities in northern NJ accept used/outdated software? I've
never thrown out anything so I have a number of boxes of Mac and PC
software packages, mostly office applications..old/numerous versions
of Pagemaker, Word, Excel, DataEase, plus stuff like unopened OS2
Warp, C/C++ 7.0, FirstAid98, Norton AntiVirus, etc. I also have some
hardware, nothing fancy, but some of it unused.
Subject: Re: Donating software
Answered By: knowledge_seeker-ga on 13 Jul 2003 08:34 PDT
Hi applejacks-ga,

What a good idea! There are a number of resources online set up to
help software and computer donors find needy recipients for their
wares. I've used several of these to research your question, along
with some general search terms.

The links below should put in contact with the right people to find
recipients either in your area or those farther away who will accept
donations from you via mail.



"..Contributions are gratefully received. Donations of toys, food,
clothes, computers--new or used, software, paper, materials,
equipment, furniture, craft items, items for families, are also very
welcome. All donations are tax-deductible.  "

Better Beginnings Day Care Center 
Hightstown-East Windsor area of Mercer County, NJ.



A program of the Patterson Education Fund, the Family Friendly
Computer Program helps families build computer literacy skills by
providing training, support and used technical equipment.

Contact: Karen G. Schneider 
Family Friendly Computer Program 
c/o Patterson Education Fund 
Patterson, New Jersey 
email: Karen Schneider


Although I can find no reference on their current website, I did find
a reference stating that at one time the United Way of North Essex NJ
was accepting computer and software donations for their Computer
Recycling Pilot Project.

You may contact them here –



The Family Friendly Computer Program in Paterson
Contact: Rosie Grant or Irene Sterling 

(973) 881-8914


TECHConnection is a program of Family Resource Associates (FRA), a
non-profit organization, located in central New Jersey which provides
assistive technology solutions and resources for those in need

Assistive Technology Solutions


Although they list only hardware needs, you should contact these
organizations regarding your software also.

Strengthen Our Sisters - Hewitt, - NJ - (posted 4/29/2003) 
Lena Lamontagne writes: We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization which
provides housing and supportive services to battered/homeless women
and children. We are putting together a literacy and computer training
center and desperately need PC for the program.

Contact: Lena Lamontagne - e-mail: 
Strengthen Our Sisters 
PO Box U 
Hewitt,, NJ  07456 
Phone: 973-657-0251 
Fax: 973-728-0618 

- The minimum machine they would find useful is a Pentium II. 
- They can make use of parts or machines that need repair. 
- They can pickup equipment, and they say that they can pick it up in
this area: New Jersey, New York


Newark Public Schools - Newark - NJ - (posted 6/29/2003) 
Vivian Barnett writes: Newark Public Schools (NPS) is the education
chair for the Festival of People, and annual event that celebrates
Newark's diversity. The Festival is sponsored by Diversity Newark (a
501(c)(3). Information available upon request.)This year is our Second
Annual Parent Computer Conference on October 18, 2003. After the
parents view the exhibits and participate in our 10 workshops we
raffle off refurbished computers at no charge, to address the problem
of the digital divide in underserved communites. Please call with all
offers (computers, modems, printers, scanners, software). Thank you.

Contact: Vivian Barnett - e-mail: 
Newark Public Schools 
2 Cedar Street 
Room 1010 
Newark, NJ  07102 
Phone: 973-733-8868 
Fax: 973-733-7526 

- The minimum machine they would find useful is a Pentium. 
- They can pickup equipment, and they say that they can pick it up in
this area: Bergen, Essex, Morris and Union Counties


Recycle Old Computers for Kids - Bloomfield

Dan McGrath writes: R.O.C.K. is sponsered by the Fireman's Mutual
Benevolent Assoc. We accept donated computers repair/upgrade them and
in conjunction with the local Board of Ed and elementery school
principals, identify children that desire a home PC and for whose
family, the purchase of a home computer would prove a financial
burden. The selected children and parents come to the Fire Station,
given an orientation about the computer, and the family then takes the
computer home to keep. We are receiving a number of donated computers,
however, we are in desperate need of CD-rom drives, modems, and memory
in order to have the computers Win95 capable and Internet ready.

Contact: Dan McGrath - e-mail:
Recycle Old Computers for Kids
P.O. Box 1268 
Bloomfield, NJ 07003 
Phone: 973-338-0291 

The minimum machine they would find useful is a Pentium.
They can make use of parts or machines that need repair. 
They can pickup equipment, and they say that they can pick it up in
this area: Ny-NJ Metro area


The above hardware donation requests came from SHARE THE TECHNOLOGY
(below).  They also have a place where you can post your donations so
that non-profits can find them.

Share the Technology - computer recycling project 
Search Requests for Computers

[if the page doesn't load (their server seems unreliable), go here


FROM – NJ SERVES. ORG  - donation needs in New Jersey

Middlesex County Economic Opportunities Corp.
computers, printers
1215 Livingston Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Contact: Carroll Thomas
Phone: (732) 846-6600 x217


Electronics Recycling - New Jersey Office of Sustainable Business


Used Computer Donations

We will be coordinating donations of used computers to be given to
needy children in Hoboken. If you are interested in helping out or
would like further information, please leave a voicemail message for
Allison Alexander at 877-833-4314 or email her at   with a Subject Line of COMPUTER DONATION.

In Jesus Name Ministries



National Cristina Foundation (NCF)

This NFP organization has you fill out a donor form then matches the
donated computer technology to one or more of its partner
organizations in the geographic area where the equipment is located. 
Partners are located throughout the U.S. in all 50 states and

National Cristina Foundation (NCF)

NCF Donation Process


Computers for Kids


With regard to what the commenter below mentions, there are some legal
issues when it comes to donating software.  The below statement is
from the Microsoft website and is probably typical of that for other
software companies.

Donations of Product

If you are seeking permission to donate software product, software
licenses, or hardware loaded with Microsoft software to another party,
please see License Transfer.


License Transfer 

If you are seeking permission to donate or transfer software product,
software licenses, or hardware loaded with Microsoft software to
another party, you may do so without obtaining written permission
provided you follow the terms and conditions of your End User License
Agreement (EULA). All transfers of license, either through a sales
transaction, donation, or gift must include all product documentation,
product manuals, original disks and licenses. Further conditions of
transfer may be included in your EULA. The individual or entity giving
up their software and license(s) must understand that they are giving
up all of their rights to the transferred software, including all
rights to upgraded versions of the software.



So, that should give you a number of good leads to follow up. Of
course, you could also just contact your local schools, recreation
centers, and vocational centers. Even if they haven't advertised a
need, they still may appreciate a donation.

Thanks for your question –


search terms:

"used software" new jersey
software donation new jersey
computer donation new jersey
donate software new jersey
"donate software" legally
Subject: Re: Donating software
From: neoluxau-ga on 13 Jul 2003 03:12 PDT
Hi there!

Just be careful if you are getting rid of "old" software as when you
bought the software, you also bought the licence.  IF you have
upgraded from this software using that licence, then only you are the
licenced user of all versions of that software.

If you give away a licence that has been used to get an upgrade, then
you are also giving away your licence to use the upgraded software and
therefore by using the upgraded software, you are in fact in breach of
the licence and are using it illegally.

Confused? I know I was.  I probably haven't explained myself very well as an example:

You bought MS Word 6.0, you received a licence and a serial number in
the box.
You use that serial number to upgrade to Word 97.
You "donate" the CDs/Disks/Manuals/Box for Word 6.0 to another party
along with the licence and serial number.
You cannot use your copy of Word 97 legally as the serial number and
therefore the licence has come from the original Word 6.0 that you no
longer own.

If you did not give the licence, then you can still use it, but the
party you are transferring the CDs etc to cannot use it without
purchasing a licence.

I bet that has adequetely muddied the waters for you!

Note that not all software comes with a licence restriction like this
so it pays to read the licence agreement carefully before donating or
transferring anything to a third party.

Hope this helps, and let em knwo if you want any clarification on
this! :)
Subject: Re: Donating software
From: applejacks-ga on 13 Jul 2003 05:02 PDT
Thanks for the reminder neoluxau; that does apply in some cases so
I'll have to take out the old versions of things I'm still using. But
there's still plenty of things for which I wouldn't mind transferring
the license. Look forward to learning about charities in the area who
could use this stuff.

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