Financial contributions and in-kind donations are welcomed by schools. Generous individuals and businesses gave almost $1 million in cash and in-kind contributions to Wake County schools in 2010-11.
Our schools welcome donations, but school needs vary depending on the grade level and school's existing resources. To make a gift, please contact our schools directly. For more information, see Board Policy 2410: Public Gifts to School.
Donating computer hardware
In order to provide computer-related support to our schools in an effective and efficient manner, it is important that the computers across the district are based on a set of approved standards.
Please check the following minimum requirements for donated computers prior to offering equipment for use in a school. These requirements change from time to time so it is always best to ask your school to contact the Help Desk to ensure compatibility and supportability.
Minimum requirements for donated equipment
RAM 2 GB, upgradeable to a minimum of 4 GB Processor speed *Core duo, 2.20 GHz equivalent or higher Hard drive size 120 GB Operating system Hardware must be Windows 7 64-bit compatible Other DVD drive and/or USB port (2.0 or higher) Network Must have an installed network card that attaches to a network with a network cable; USB wireless network access devices are excluded; Laptops must have an “on board” wireless card.
School personnel are strongly advised to contact the Help Desk and request assistance in evaluating donated equipment prior to its acceptance. Computer specifications will need to be reviewed to determine if an image for the make/model in question is already in existence of it one will need to be created (school must be receiving a minimum of 10 donated, identical make/model computers for an image to be created).
*Processor types and speeds vary greatly. School personnel can request assistance from the Help Desk on processor requirements as needed.
All vehicles donated to a school for road use require a transfer of title, license plate, and insurance coverage as specified by Risk Management.
No opened containers accepted. The donor should supply the principal with a complete inventory of the chemicals. The inventory shall include the complete name and quantity of the chemical in each container. All containers must be labeled and safety approved.
Donating gifts that require special installation
If special installation of equipment, such as playground equipment, is necessary, the WCPSS Director of General Services must first give approval before the gift can be accepted.
Other ways to donate
You can also support public education through the Wake Education Partnership, an independent, non-profit organization with a mission of promoting the economic health of Wake County through excellence in public education.