Supporting students and families in our community.
Giving Mac is for students.
Students in grades K-12 and their families who could benefit from having a Mac or iPad, but have not been able to purchase one, are eligible for this program!
Along with community members, we at MacMan want to contribute to the betterment of our community by providing opportunities for students to succeed.
After filling out an application, recipients will be chosen by a volunteer-team of community members.
What is Giving Mac?
Giving Mac is a donation-based program. We would like to donate a Mac or iPad to students that could benefit from having one, but have not been able to purchase one. We do this with customer donated and recycled devices. You can also donate money to purchase upgrades or replacement parts to fixed recycled computers to be given away to a lucky student.
Donate your Mac & or iPad.
If your Mac and/or iPad still has useable life left and you are looking to purchase a new one, please consider donating it to our Giving Mac program. We are not a non-profit organization; therefore, we can not give you a tax-deductible donation receipt. Even so, your donation will go to a good cause.
What we do.
Once we receive your donated device, we will have our certified Apple Technicians wipe your data, test it, and prepare it for the lucky student that will be receiving it. We may have to upgrade or fix a few things, but we will do our best to make it last.
How it works.
You donate your old device
We clean it up and fix as needed
We notify the school district of choice
A volunteer-team vets the applications and determines who would most benefit from this device
An applicant is chosen and notified that they will be receiving a Mac or iPad at no cost to them.
What can be donated?
As computers and iPads age, there is a point where they become vintage and then obsolete. When this happens, it is harder to get certified Apple parts and sometimes the hardware will not support newer operating systems. This is why we have created a few guidelines for what will make a good donation. Keep in mind the newer the computer or iPad, the longer it should last and support future operating systems.
All devices must be in working condition.
We want to provide usable devices, so MacMan will test each device and prepare it to be donated to a student and their family.
Some Macs my need to be upgraded with memory and/or a new hard drive. If you don't have a Mac or iPad to donate but want to help, you can make a donation by purchasing an upgrade part. All parts used to upgrade a Mac for the Giving Mac program can be purchased at a discount.
What we are looking for.
MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
iMac introduced in 2012 or later
iMac Pro (all models)
Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
iPad models that make great donations
12.9-inch iPad Pro
11-inch iPad Pro
10.5-inch iPad Pro
9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPad (6th generation)
iPad (5th generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)
iPad mini 4
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad Air 2
Other items to donate
Flash thumb drives
Where will my donation go?
We want you to make the choice as to where your donation will go. Here are the options.
You can choose to support a student from a specified school district or community.
You can let us know that you would like your donation to go to the most worthy applicant, regardless of where they are from.
How does a student qualify?
K -12 students that do not already have a computer or tablet and do not have the means to purchase one, are eligible to apply for the Giving Mac program.
All students will have to be referred by an adult, and a written referral must accompany the student's application.
The student will also have to contribute to the application process by telling our volunteer-team how they would benefit by receiving a Mac or iPad. This can be written by an adult, but we want to hear the words of the student. Older students are encourage to complete the essay portion of the application themselves.
All applications will be reviewed without names attached.
Picking the recipient?
Our volunteer-team of community members will review each application to determine eligibility and to decide which students will receive a Mac or iPad. All names of the applicants will not be shared with the team.
Not all applicants can be chosen, but applications will be kept for future review. One of the limiting factors will be our inventory of Macs and iPads donated and the number of applications received.
Our volunteer-team will meet once per month.
What will the student and their family receive?
Students in grades K -12 will have different needs. Students will be asked, on the application, what type of device would benefit them the most.
We are not sure what each recipient will receive, but we will do our best to make the right match.
Students who receive a computer will receive two free tune-ups from MacMan in the first year of ownership. Additionally, they are welcome to come to our free classes and qualify for a free 30 to 40 minute orientation.
Students who receive an iPad will be eligible for an initial training session from MacMan. This will run approximately 30 to 40 minutes.
When will the Macs and iPads be given to students?
For the months of November and December of 2019, we will be accepting donations and preparing them to be donated to a student.
Starting December 1, 2019, we will be accepting applications and referrals. We hope to be notifying the recipients the first week in January 2020.
Want to be a part of our volunteer-team?
Giving Mac is a charitable program run by MacMan, Inc. If you would like to be part our our volunteer-team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ,and let us know how you can help. Maybe this is working to get the word out, reviewing applications and referrals, helping to preparing Macs and iPads, setting up devices for the students, or training the students and their families on how to use the devices.
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