Non-Profit Charity Makes It Possible for Aspiring Under-privileged Students to Receive Complimentary Macbook Pros to Further Their Education

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San Francisco-based non-profit charity The Missing Pieces Foundation (MPF) refurbishes broken MacBooks and MacBook Pros for low income students, helping both their education and the environment.

The Missing Pieces Foundation has an application process in the form of an online applica-tion, essay and/or interview, and proof of income.

Missing Pieces, a San Francisco-based non-profit charity, makes it possible for low-income students to further their education through fully functional refurbished Macbooks or Macbook Pros, at no cost to them. In essence, the organization aims to provide students who would otherwise not have access to these tools to achieve success in today’s highly-digital educational environment. Moreover, by recycling broken laptops that would otherwise go to landfill, the organization aims to also aid environmental causes.

The organization recently launched a campaign on the popular crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, in order to raise $5,000+. Founder Davis Xu states that the funds will be used to save the charity from going down under as the entire project has thus far been self-funded by Xu, who has put over $4,000 of his own money into the project thus far.

“Ultimately, we see [MPF] as a way of contributing to both school children in need of advancing their education as well as a way of recycling broken computers, thus helping the environment,” Xu states.

Xu started this charity in late 2013 primarily with funds out if his own pocket, and is also the originator behind this unique concept of recycling broken or old laptops to benefit both child-ren in school (K-12 or college) and the environment.

The Missing Pieces Foundation has an application process in the form of an online application, essay and/or interview, and proof of income. The process allows the foundation to select individuals who are in need of its services the most.

So far, MPF has received several dozen applications and has fixed and donated several dozen more laptops to those in need. Moreover, the Foundation has recently partnered up with Summerbridge at SF University High School, a nation-wide program that serves to academically enrich aspiring low-income students through Complimentary summer classes and tutoring during the year. However, MPF is struggling to keep up with demand and is in dire need of funds to maintain the non-profit organization.

“To save money, we buy broken/used computers in wholesale, purchase low-cost computer parts online but, most importantly, put in 100% of the labor ourselves. It’s important to note that unlike other so-called 'non-profits,' we receive no salary or compensation (we do not pay ourselves for our time and labor). All proceeds go directly to our organization, not ourselves.”

Xu states that they are not only taking financial backing through the crowd-fund website but will also be accepting broken Macs (Intel-based or newer) in the near future to support the charity.

About The Missing Pieces Foundation:

The Missing Pieces Foundation is a non-profit charity that was founded in 2013 by Brown University sophomore, Davis Xu. The charity is not only dedicated to providing low-income students with Mac computers and an education, but also aims to reduce waste in the envi-ronment by recycling Macbooks and Macbook Pros that would otherwise end up in landfill. Having been privileged enough to attend one of the top 20 national high schools as well as two Ivy-League institutions, Xu strongly believes that every child deserves a quality education. To support this cause or find out more, please visit:

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The Missing Pieces Foundation

269 S. Beverly Blvd
Beverly Hills, California 90212
Phone No: 18293804622

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