Gadget gold: School fund-raising for the digital age

Uncategorized April 22, 2016

Many of us will remember jumble sales during our school days to raise funds for a new mini-bus, sports facilities or refurbishment. The modern version may look very different – using a web site to organising the recycling of old smartphones, tablets and other IT equipment, raising funds for schools and educating pupils about the environment and recycling and being a good consumer.


Cash in your Gadgets has recently started a fund-raising service for UK schools, called Gadget Drive, enabling them to sell their old computers, laptops, mobile phones, tablet pcs and digital cameras.

How the service works

The idea of Gadget Drive is simple. Encourage as many people as possible to donate gadgets in the form of their old technology, to help schools fundraising and educate pupils about recycling.

The school tells its staff, pupils, parents, governors and other interested parties about fundraising plan. It gives a date and location where the donated gadgets can be dropped off.

Schools can check how much each gadget is likely to be worth via a valuation feature on the Gadget Drive web site. The price of items depends on their condition, age and technical specifications.

A five-year old laptop that was a high-range model when bought may have a value of up to £150. Average pay-out for laptops is around £60.

Apple and Samsung smartphones can be worth more than £100.

Quick and easy

Gadget Drive collects donated items for free, tests each item and sends a report to the school listing all donated items and how much we paid for them. We pay the school, by cheque or bank transfer, within a couple of days.

Could schools make more money by selling old gadgets privately online through sites such as eBay? Maybe, although there’s no guarantee. Also, you’d have to include the cost of the time staff spend queuing in post offices to post gadgets and dealing with customer queries and complaints.

It’s far easier to let Gadget Drive do the hard work for you. We already help thousands of consumers and businesses get cash for their unwanted gadgets and have been featured in UK national newspapers and on TV programmes including Channel 4’s money-saving programme, SuperScrimpers.

We’re confident that schools can boost their fund-raising by selling old gadgets.

UK schools spend hundreds of millions of pounds a year on information communication and technology. In our experience, most schools have draws full on unused or unwanted IT.

It soon adds up. And when schools get parents involved the amount of money they can easily raise easily raise thousands of pounds through selling and recycling old IT gadgets.

“It was very easy to organise – the company were very customer focussed in arranging a suitable collection time and providing the necessary documentation. We were delighted with the money that was raised!”

“We’ve recommended the service to local schools – both primary and secondary.”

Barbara Newman, Business Manager, Valentines High School, Ilford, Essex

Data security

We understand how important it is to protect your data and stop it being misused. Your data is safe with us. We comply with all the main environmental and data protection laws. We can also wipe data from your machines when we buy them (hard drives are overwritten with data three times and we give you a “data wipe” certificate showing the hard drives individual serial number, the method of data wiping and date of erasure.).

Here are some tips for schools to maximise cash from your old gadgets, get an A* for fund-raising … and perhaps a new school mini bus.

  • Make the purpose of your fundraising as clear as possible. Let donors know the time scale for the Gadget Drive and where items will be dropped off.
  • Talk to your school IT manager about what old electronics the school can recycle as part of the fund-raising drive.
  • Combine the Gadget Drive with a recycling or fundraising education week.
  • Make the Gadget Drive Donation point to be part of a Sports Day or school fair.
  • Ask local businesses to donate old laptops, computers, phones, cameras or other gadgets

Top Seasonal Fundraising Ideas for Schools

Uncategorized January 8, 2016

Finding fundraising ideas for schools which engage students and parents alike can be tricky, but one of the best ways to achieve this is to make sure that any project you establish is targeted to take advantage of seasonal trends. Here are just a few ideas to inspire you in the coming year.


Spring – Seek Gadget Donations
The start of the year is a great time to encourage kids and their parents to donate gadgets that they are no longer using so that they can be recycled and generate money for their school. This is because in the post-Christmas period plenty of people will have received new devices which have rendered old electronics redundant, so rather than letting them sit in a cupboard at home, people will be happy to part ways with them while also doing their bit for a good cause.

summer sunflowers

Summer – Sponsored Outdoor Activities
When the weather improves and kids are itching to get outside, the appeal of sponsored activities in the great outdoors will return, and you can encourage children to get involved in a variety of ways. This does not solely have to revolve around sports but can encompass any manner of things that can take place in the great outdoors, from orienteering to car washing.

autumn leaves

Autumn – Creative Fundraising
As the nights get darker earlier and the Great British Bake-Off returns to our TV screens, the autumn is a great time to try fundraising with projects which encourage kids to get creative. Halloween-themed bake sales can be a good idea, although there are plenty of other autumnal events around which fundraising can be themed in this way.

winter snow

Winter – Festive Fun
Christmas brings with it the promise of presents, food and precious time away from school. But in the run-up to the festive season there are lots of fundraising opportunities which present themselves to schools. From fancy-dress days to seasonal plays and concerts, finding fundraising ideas for schools during the season of giving will not be too difficult. Christmas is also one of the main times when people will want to get rid of their old gadgets as they will be replaced by new ones. Start your Gadget Drive before the holidays to raise awareness and then collect at the start of the new school term.

Sign up to the Gadget Drive site to set up your own fundraising initiative, and get in touch if you need more information about how you can convert old unwanted electronic devices into cash for your local school.

How Gadget Donations Can Help Fundraising for Schools

Uncategorized December 10, 2015

Raising money for schools has traditionally relied on a number of well-established tactics, whether in the form of bring and buy sales, sponsored activities or direct collections. And whatever the cause, fundraising for schools should not only be an effective way of generating much-needed cash but should also engage children and enhance their learning experience.


This is why taking advantage of gadget donations is such a good idea, since by collecting unwanted electronic items from families connected to the school and then sending them to be recycled, it is possible to both raise money and increase awareness of the ecological risks associated with the failure to properly dispose of e-waste.

Diverse Gadget Donations Accepted
While some fundraising projects involving gadget donations will focus on a single type of device, such as mobile phones, the reality is that you do not need to limit yourself to requesting that students bring in a particular type of gadget. Everything from smartphones and tablets to laptop computers and digital cameras can be converted into cash after collection, enabling parents to clear out the clutter at home in the process.

Once gadgets have been collected, they can be sent to be recycled free of charge and payment should be issued promptly, which is why a growing number of schools are embracing this approach to fundraising.

Ecological Concerns
From an educational point of view, being able to encourage kids to engage with the idea of recycling gadgets has obvious benefits. They are growing up in an age when electronic items are seen as disposable and things such as smartphones get replaced every year or two, so it is important to instil in them a responsible attitude towards how these items should be treated after they are no longer in use.

Collecting gadgets to sell for recycling will be easy to link in with these important lessons, and since there are millions of unwanted devices gathering dust in homes across the country, it should be easy to generate a lot of attention for your cause once a project has gained momentum.

If you want to do more to promote fundraising for schools while also help the environment by limiting e-waste, sign up to the Gadget Driver site to get started.

A new way of fundraising for schools

Uncategorized November 3, 2015

With recent budget cuts across the nation having a further detrimental effect on many schools, the drive for fundraising for schools can seem like a never ending task. In August 2015, the Department of Education showed that in 213-14 the average amount of state funding given to Local Authority Schools is just £4,767 per pupil. However, it would seem to be largely a lottery in terms of allowances based on postcode and type of school (England’s Free schools received c. 60% more funding per pupil than Local Authority Schools). While there are many contributing factors in the decline of funds per pupil received by schools, the outcome is that their offerings are having to be stripped back in terms of extra-curricular offering but in some cases also the range of GCSE subjects covered and the number of staff employed.

As such fundraising for schools has never been more important for ensuring that the nation’s children are receiving a well-rounded education including the pastoral elements of the school system. As stated, this state of fundraising can seem like a never ending task, with the resources of not just parents but of families and friends of people with children being faced with requests for donations.


Gadget Drive offer a different solution for your fundraising for schools needs and it is 100% free to enact with our company. In short, instead of requesting money in return for novelty amusements (think head shaving and baths of beans) or more cake than the average family really needs, you request that people donate their old gadgets. This means that those old laptops and smart phones can actually be recycled rather than gathering dust in the spare room. This is a great way for people to donate gadgets that are disused and would ordinarily end up in the waste. Gadget Drive have an online valuation tool, which allows those wishing to donate to see the potential value of their donations. Collection of the gadgets is done by our company, so other than letting people know about the fundraising project, all you have to do is await the funds from the donations to come in. However, if you wanted to take a more proactive approach you could incorporate the Gadget Drive into lesson plans so pupils more fully understand the recycling process and where their old gadgets will go.

Fundraising for Schools made Easy with Gadget Drive!

Uncategorized October 26, 2015

Gadget Drive brings fundraising for schools into the 21st century and super charges your schools fundraising efforts. Gadget Drive fundraising for schools unlocks the value held in the millions of old, used gadgets lying around in people’s homes across the UK.


The concept behind Gadget Drive fundraising for schools couldn’t be simpler; your school needs funds but the people you ask to help won’t always have spare cash to give. Rather than cash, most households have old laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras or tablet pc’s gathering dust, Gadget Drive turns these old items into cash donations for your school.

Fundraising for schools presents particular ethical challenges. Schemes such as Tesco’s Computers 4 Schools, have been massively successful in terms of public uptake and direct benefits to schools but the implication of children potentially being indoctrinated by a commercial companies branding is difficult for many to ignore.

Gadget Drive fundraising for schools removes any conflict of interest and creates a virtuous circle of benefits for all parts. The sole purpose of Gadget Drives is recycling gadgets for the school to raise funds as easily and as effectively as possible.

The recycling drive itself has intrinsic benefits to the school’s students and teachers by graphically demonstrating the issues created by the modern world’s rampant consumerism.

Gadget Drive fundraising for schools is open to any school in the UK regardless of size, status or reasons for fundraising. Many schools have dire fundraising needs which are not being met by state funding whilst others have the fortune position of being able to use a Gadget Drive to raise funds for external good causes. Whatever the reason, Gadget Drive fundraising for Schools offers a unique opportunity to educate students on the benefits of recycling and raise much needed funds for very good causes.

If you want fresh, innovative fundraising ideas for schools or community organisations then get in touch today and we will be delighted to give you more details on how to create a Gadget Drive.