It’s often the case that students from rural communities have the desire to learn more about technology, but simply lack the resources. The public schools these students attend operate on shoestring budgets, and unfortunately, technical books often don’t make the cut when purchasing decisions are made. In response to this, the Rural Technology Fund has developed its Book Donation Program. This program was started in 2011 and aims to provide technical resources to students in rural areas by donating technical books to public school libraries in these communities. The ultimate goal of this program is to provide rural students with the resources they need to pursue an interest in computer technology.
Where do the books come from?
The books we donate to our recipient libraries are obtained through two primary resources. The program is primarily driven by several publishing companies who provide excess inventory to the RTF in support of our cause.
Individuals and businesses also play a key role in providing books for donation. The RTF gladly accepts used information technology books from individuals and businesses as tax deductible donations.
Can I donate my used computer books?
Absolutely! We rely heavily on individual donations to sustain this program. As a 501c3 organization, any donation you make is fully tax deductible. If you are interested in contributing books to the RTF, please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can my workplace help?
Absolutely! Consider hosting a book drive in your organization where employees are encouraged to bring in their used technical books for donation to the RTF.
I’m a book publisher or distributor, can I help?
Absolutely! We accept mass donations and have worked with publishers in the past to accept overstock and surplus books for donation. Please e-mail us if you are interested in donating.
What kinds of books do you accept?
Generally speaking, we will accept any computer technology related book that is still relevant and reasonably up to date. This includes used books and prior versions of newer books. We’ve accepted books on a variety of topics including programming, web design, security, hardware, mobile devices, and more. When in doubt, feel free to e-mail us with any questions related to donations.
Where can I send donations?
All donations currently route through our primary office in South Carolina, where they are bundled with other books before being delivered to recipient libraries. Donations should be sent to this office at 307 Tidal Rice Court, Charleston, SC 29492. Shipping costs are also considered tax deductible, and are quite a bit cheaper than you might think with the USPS’s Media Mail rate. If your donation is large enough, we will gladly pay shipping charges in order to make sure we can get your books into the hands of students who will use them.
Where are recipient libraries located?
So far we have serviced over 100 school libraries throughout the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama. We hope to continue to expand the programs reach as we receive an increasing number of donations.
How can I nominate my library as a donation recipient?
If you would like to nominate your library as a potential recipient of book donations, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your needs and we will do our best to help out.