KCP Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Kindle donation process work?

It’s easy! All you need to do is fill out our donation form. You’ll get an email back letting you know where to ship your Kindle. Once we receive it, we’ll send you another email to thank you. Then your Kindle goes to a student!

Who will my Kindle go to?

It’ll go to a young person in Oakland. Right now, most new students to the program are in fourth through eighth grade. But there’s also a chance your Kindle will go to a high school student, too.

Where and how do I send my Kindle?

The first step is to fill out our donation form. Then you’ll receive an email with instructions on where and how to ship your Kindle. Most donors send their Kindle via USPS and use a small, two-day priority box. Feel free to add packaging to keep your Kindle safe, but we’ve found that very few Kindles have broken in transit, even without bubble wrap.

Why don’t you pay for shipping costs?

We believe that 100% of cash donations should go to buying books that students want to read. Asking donors to pay for shipping keeps the KCP’s total administrative costs under 2%.

How will I know that you received my Kindle?

On the same day that we receive your Kindle, you’ll get an email from us.

Will the books and data on my donated Kindle and in my Amazon account be safe?

Yes. When we receive your Kindle, we restore it to factory defaults, which deletes all data from the Kindle. But all of your books remain safe in your Amazon account.

Is my gift tax deductible?

The KCP is not yet an official 501c3 non-profit organization, but if you would like us to send you a letter for tax purposes, we can do that! Please include a note in the box along with your Kindle.

How is the KCP different from other programs that give out Kindles to students?

The biggest difference is that students have unlimited access to the books they want to read. Other programs usually distribute Kindles along with a set of books already loaded on the device. At the KCP, students can check out any book they choose. If it’s not already in the extensive KCP Library, our volunteer book-buying team buys it, delivers it to the student, and adds it to the library for other students to discover.

Is the KCP affiliated with Amazon?

No, we’re independent. But Amazon has generously donated hundreds of Kindles over the years and offered invaluable tech support.

Can I make a recurring gift?

Sure, that would be great and generous. The easiest way is via PayPal.

I don’t have a Kindle. Is there a way I can help out?

Absolutely. One promise we make at the KCP is that students get unlimited access to the books they want to read. You can help by making a donation to honor student book requests..

Can I volunteer my time with the KCP?

Yes, that would be very generous! The KCP is growing and relies on its hardworking volunteers. Right now, we are looking for software engineers, accountants, and online book buyers. If you live close to Oakland, there are also tons of hands-on opportunities, too, like processing new Kindles, updating and registering Kindles, organizing cases, and more! Please contact us and we can talk about ways that you can contribute to the program. Thank you!