KCP Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Kindle donation process work?

It’s easy! When you want to donate a Kindle, 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!

When I donate my Kindle, who gets it?

The Kindle you donate will 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 to donate your Kindle 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.

Can I donate specific books to the KCP library?

Yes, that would be great! The best way to do that is to tell us which books you want to donate and send us an Amazon gift card that will cover the cost of the Kindle books. Our book buying team will buy the books and add them to the KCP library, so all our students will have access to them.

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!