About The Foundation:
What began as a $100 offer for an old $600 Macbook Pro listed on Craigslist eventually turned into The Missing Pieces Foundation... the offer was from a low-income single mother who desperately needed a laptop for her daughter's education. The offer was declined. Instead, the Macbook was given away for free.
San Francisco Native Davis Xu started this charity with his own funds in 2012, buying a lot of 5 broken MacBooks, fixing them with renewed parts, and giving them away to students. He posted ads online and communicated with local public schools and other organizations, including the national Summerbridge/Breakthrough foundation, to find potential candidates. Later he recruited other board members and volunteers to expand the foundation.
The dual purpose of our organization is to refurbish/recycle broken Apple laptops (aiding the environment) and donate them at no cost to students currently in school K-12 or College (promoting education). Such candidates must not be able to afford a computer, and thus, are not able to complete basic schoolwork; Proper software will be installed so that schoolwork can be done.
With regards to candidates, there is an application form, essay and/or interview, and proof of income required.
To save on funding, we buy broken/used computers in wholesale, and buy cheap computer parts online. Most importantly, to cut costs, we put the labor in towards fixing these computers ourselves. We also accept donations of broken/old/unwanted Macs. We view this as a way of contributing to both students in need of advancing their education as well as a way of recycling broken computers, thus helping the environment.
Current Partnerships: Summerbridge/Breakthrough, San Francisco University HS, Marinchess, etc.
As of August 2015, an estimated $86,000+ worth of donated Macbooks/Pros and labor (several hundred hours computed at typical wage) have been made.
The "Charity Within a Charity Plan"
While we love Apple and use Macs exclusively, there is ongoing controversy regarding Apple's contract manufacturer, Foxconn, which pays almost slave-wages, forces workers into dire living and working arrangements, leading to a wave of suicides over the past several years. Which is why we're launching the "Charity Within a Charity" Plan!
We here at MPF know how hard it is to disassemble and reassemble Macbooks, and while we do it for free, we have our own jobs to sustain us. Overseas in China, $3.50 USD/hr IS their job. Personally, I'd rather pay Apple $50 more for a Macbook Pro and see the funds go directly to the hard workers who made it.
Effective as of this writing, 25% of donations received by MPF will go DIRECTLY to Foxconn employees and the families of former employees who have committed suicide.
A trust fund will be set up soon to aid those overseas; in the meantime, 1/4 of all funds received will be allocated towards that fund. We're probably the first non-profit organization to 're-donate' its own funds to a for-profit company... and especially to the same company that made the 'defective' inventory we have to fix. Oh the irony.
What’s up with the name?
We chose to name our non-profit “The Missing Pieces Foundation” because by refurbishing and fixing broken computers, we are installing “Missing Pieces” to them, renewing their lifespan. Moreover, by giving away these computers, we are supplying the “Missing Pieces” to aspiring students’ education.
Also, all the other ideas behind the name were already taken, or for those untaken, we risked being sued. It’s just a name.
So is it really free?
Yes! Any qualified student can grab a free computer. Note the key word, "qualified." So if you're making $200k/year, please don't apply.
The new "Subsidized Plan"
We've noticed an increased number of applications from HS/College students needing the latest & fastest technology. Thus, we've created the option of subsidizing higher-end laptops as per financial need. If accepted into the program, please contact us for details.
Are we certified?
Yes, the Missing Pieces Foundation [MPF] is registered as a Federally Recognized Non-Profit Charity Under IRS 501(c)(3) status (DLN: 1705304*******; FEIN: **-4573***) and as a California Charitable Trust under the CA attorney general (CT File: CT0203xxx),
*The type of computer donated is up to the discretion of The Missing Pieces Foundation, and in particular, what is available from our foundation at the time. Students in lower grades will most likely receive basic computers for basic schoolwork while college students needing to use CPU-intensive applications may qualify for higher-end computers.