The purpose of The Missing Pieces Foundation is to refurbish/recycle broken or old laptops, mostly Macintoshes, and give them for no cost to children currently in school (K-12) or in college, either part time or full time. Such students must not be able to afford a basic laptop, and thus, are not able to complete basic schoolwork. Proper software will be installed so that schoolwork can be done. Davis Xu started this charity with his own money, buying a lot of 5 Apple laptops and giving them away. He posted ads online and communicated with local public schools...
We DESPERATELY need fundraising money to support our foundation (as of now, the founder has put $2,500 of his own money into the charity).
To select candidates, the organization has an online application form, essay and/or interview, and proof of income required. To keep funding the organization we will fix other broken computers for people that can afford it (thus, recycling as well), and ask for a small donation in return. Also, fundraisers. To save money, we will buy broken/used computers in wholesale, and buy cheap computer parts online and put in the labor ourselves. We might ask for donations of broken Macs to further fund our charity.
We see this as a way of contributing to both schoolchildren in need of advancing their education, as well as a way of recycling broken computers, thus helping the environment.
NOTE: This is a non-profit charity, however because the IRS takes a few months to register with, we can't put down our own charity yet...