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Baker & McKenzie Teams Up with Computers for Kids in Chicago - Donate Today!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

  • Organization: Baker & McKenzie

School children throughout the world who cannot afford to purchase computer equipment are at a clear disadvantage as they seek to access educational resources and ultimately to prepare for productive employment. Baker & McKenzie has been working to address these needs by coordinating with Computers for Kids to collect computers for children in under-served Chicago-area schools. In keeping with the Firm's social responsibility focus on both locally-based and international communities, our current effort, in which we are coordinating with our commercial clients, will assist schools in Bukoba, Tanzania.  If you or your colleagues, friends, or clients would like to participate, please see the additional information below. Thank you for considering this.
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What We're Collecting: We're gathering desktop and laptop computers, and we would also appreciate donations of related peripherals (e.g., power cords, keyboards, monitors, mice, etc.), ideally those which came with the desktop/laptop originally in order to retain a complete set. Please furnish only equipment which is known to be in good working condition and meets the following minimum specifications:

  • Processor (CPU): Intel Pentium 4/Celeron (or equivalent from other manufacturers), 500Mhz or higher
  • Memory (RAM): 512MB or higher
  • Disk Space: 40GB Hard Drive or higher
  • Display adaptor: Super VGA (800x600) or higher resolution
  • CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive
  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet network interface adaptor

The Purging Process: Although Baker & McKenzie cannot assume any responsibility for purging data from computers, we previously have worked with the PC Rebuilders & Recyclers Home of the Computers for Schools Program (PCRR) of the City of Chicago, whose website is at http://www.pcrr.com/index.asp. PCRR's procedure is to erase the computers' hard drives in compliance with the NIST Standard as outlined in the NIST Special Publication 800-88 regarding data destruction on all hard drives (see PCRR's website at http://www.pcrr.com/resources.asp; additional information, including information about wiping a computer yourself, is at http://www.pcrr.com/disk-erase.asp). PCRR also provides with written confirmation of the date and time your computer was wiped clean for a modest fee (http://www.pcrr.com/disk-erase.asp).

How to Donate: If you have gathered ten or more computers or laptops, simply contact Kathy Lash at Baker & McKenzie (email Kathryn.E.Lash@bakernet.com; tel. no. 312-861-2795) to let us know, and PCRR will come to your office within Chicago to arrange for collection of the computers. If you are donating fewer than ten computers or laptops, you can drop off the equipment at PCRR's warehouse any business day between 8:30 and and 4:30 pm; PCRR is located at 3053 N. Knox, Chicago -- simply let PCRR know when you are dropping off equipment that you are donating the computers to Baker & McKenzie's drive for Tanzanian schools. Or you're welcome to bring your equipment to Baker & McKenzie's Chicago office any business day through the end of 2009 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm; we are located in the Prudential Building at 130 East Randolph Street, Chicago. When you arrive, please advise Lobby Security that you are dropping off a computer with Kathy Lash (email Kathryn.E.Lash@bakernet.com; tel. no. 312-861-2795).

Disposal of Non-Functioning Equipment: While we request that only functional equipment be donated, if PCRR discovers that your equipment cannot be used, it will dispose of it in a "green" manner (see http://www.pcrr.com/recycling.asp).

Eligibility for Tax Deduction: Computers for Kids has applied for recognition of tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a charitable organization, but has not yet received the recognition letter. Computers for Kids anticipates that it will be recognized as exempt retroactive to the date of its incorporation, September 18, 2009, in which case donors will be entitled to claim a deduction for charitable contributions made to Computers for Kids made after September 18, 2009, subject to applicable limitations. If the IRS were to determine that Computers for Kids does not qualify as exempt under Section 501(c)(3), donations to Computers for Kids would not be deductible.

Questions: Please feel free to contact Madeleine Schachter with any questions: Tel: 212-626-4684, madeleine.schachter@bakernet.com
 

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