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RETHINKING YOUR ICT


Taking a greener approach to your ICT provision doesn’t have to cost the earth, says Lindsey Marsh, author of The School Fundraising Handbook


There are lots of ways schools can resource and fundraise for ICT equipment, so review the options and decide what


works best for you. Keep up to date with developments in technology, as it is becoming greener all the time and thus constantly offering new ways to save money and reduce your carbon footprint.


Refurbish and recycle There are many benefits of using second-hand and refurbished goods. Not only can you save money, but you are diverting items away from landfill, promoting re-use and helping to conserve the resources and energy that would be required to make something new. The website Donate a PC (donateapc.org.uk) is a free platform that connects donors with good causes. Depending on what is on offer, schools may access donations of computers, printers, monitors and more. Schools can also buy refurbished


equipment, such as computers, tablets, mobile phones and printers, from ICT recycling charities. Computer Aid, for example, resells computers that have been donated by businesses, including Sony and British Airways. They are sold to non-profit organisations for as little as £55 each. It’s really easy to apply at computeraid.org/get-computers.


Seek support from


stakeholders Your school stakeholders can be really valuable when you need to fundraise. Find out if any companies you work with are able to offer grants, as some have funds exclusively for customers. Also, see what help is available from any businesses you aspire to buy from. For instance,


‘Schools can buy


refurbished computers that have been donated by businesses for as little as £55 each’


Soltech IT is an IT support company offering a free grant-finding service to schools and nurseries across the UK. Visit soltechit.co.uk/school-ict- bursar-service to find out more. If your school PTA is a registered charity, then try the Charity Digital Exchange (charitydigitalexchange. org). In return for a small admin fee, charities can access donations from leading technology companies such as Adobe and Cisco. Can parents or ex-students


support you? They don’t personally have to ‘give’ anything, but they might be able to access a corporate giving scheme through their employer. Amazon employees, for instance, can nominate schools to receive monetary and product donations – see aboutamazon. co.uk for details. Finally, did you know that schools can help their stakeholders too? Axis Leasing (axisleasing.com/services/laptops- for-students) runs a scheme called Laptops for Students, where schools can help students and parents access cheaper computers through bulk purchasing and education pricing.


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