Resources for Refurbishers

This page contains information useful for nonprofit organizations which currently provide refurbished digital hardware for those in need. It also contains information for those considering setting up such a program.

  1. Best Practices, for programs and procedures. We’ve written two white papers and intend to write more. If you have something you’d like to share, please send it to us via the contact page.
  2. A set of manuals from iFixit on a Wiki page describing many aspects of running a refurbishing program, including: Computer Triage, Hard Drive Wiping, Loading Software, and Obtaining Donations, and Working with Laptops
  3. The Refurbishers Google Group provides a forum for communication between refurbishers, and the archive contains a great collection of questions and answers previously posted.
  4. Microsoft Refurbishing Program Resources:
  5.  techsoup.org, an organization which provides donations of equipment and software licenses for non-profits (with an administrative fee).
  6. Tech Soup’s Manuals for Refurbishing, including sub-topics of
  7. A white paper from Mike Cheslock of DestructData.com on Rethinking Vulnerabilities of Data Wiping Process
  8. A refurbishing checklist from netliteracy.org
  9. Ifixit A treasure trove of manuals and assistance for technology repair from the community encouraging the right to repair
  10. E-stewards is an organization that defines and promotes responsible electronics reuse and recycling best practices worldwide
  11. See our page listing conferences that may be of interest in connecting with other organizations involved in refurbishing
  12. For information on advocacy for the Right to Repair, see
  13. National Cristina Foundation has launched Alliance for Technology Refurbishing and Reuse (AFTRR), to encourage computer refurbishers to work together

If you’d like to become a Partner Agency, please send a request  via the contact page. There is no fee, simply provide your program description and contact information, and add a link to pbdd.org to your website. Details about Partner Agencies are available here. A quick list is available here.

Resources for Training

  • Can be found on this page.
  • Many local libraries provide computer literacy training.