Mahatma Gandhi once said “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.” For a long time, I procrastinated, taking on the challenge of helping ensure all students have equal access to technology seemed too great. I work in technology, not education, I’ve never done any significant amount of work in the non-profit industry, so what difference can I possibly make?
Around Thanksgiving of 2016, I had just bought my sister a new laptop, my niece a new iPad, and 2 new iPads for my Mom and Aunt. When my Aunt asked what to do with the old ones, I instinctively said: “I’ll throw them out for you”. That’s when I realized that I regularly throw away (recycle) more electronics than many students have access to throughout the year.
With that, Apple2Share.org was born. When starting Apple2Share.org there were a number of things that I thought were important to set as our core values. Apple2Share.org will never be one of those organizations that raise money, just to spend it on advertising to raise more money. We are run by our Board of Directors, Company Officers, and Volunteers. Our Board and Officers are all paid the exact same amount from Apple2Share.org, $0. We try to spend as close to 100% of money donated directly to helping schools.