Equipment Donations: Doing Well While Doing Good


Most R&D organizations are not set up to support donations of surplus equipment. People are busy and resources are scarce. It’s hard enough just to get permission and budget approval to buy the equipment you need. Donating unneeded equipment probably just isn’t something that anyone has given much thought to in most organizations. At the same time, it’s likely many scientists would like to donate their surplus equipment. The scientific community thrives on the open exchange of ideas and information. Many scientists have networks of colleagues that extend far beyond the walls of their labs, and it seems natural to share surplus equipment when those colleagues need it.

Working with our project partners, including Seeding Labs, EquipNet facilitates equipment donations as a surplus asset solution we can help you reduce the risks and maximize the impact of your donation. Seeding Labs receives equipment donations from a variety of sources, including universities; small, local labs; and multinational biotech and biopharmaceutical firms. These organizations often identify equipment for donation when cleaning out storerooms and making room for current projects. One organization’s surplus is another organization’s treasure, as indicated in these examples of how scientists have benefited from equipment donations.

Equipment Donation Case Study
A country’s healthcare system is an indication of that country’s general health, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo there are fewer than 5,000 accredited doctors in a country almost four times the size of Texas. With a woefully understaffed healthcare system, the Congo Protestant University, a private university committed to values of quality teaching, African leadership, and transparent business practice, recognized the needs of the country and drew up ambitious plans for a medical school. Their plans came to fruition in fall 2007 when they opened their doors and welcomed 200 aspiring medical students, including 100 men and 100 women.
The dean of the newly formed medical school, Dr. Samuel Mampunza, wanted his students to have a firm grounding in the basic sciences, so he required two additional years of mandatory preparatory coursework before his students even began their medical training. Despite their ambitions and careful planning, there was simply no way Dr. Mampunza could afford to outfit his academic facilities with the proper equipment needed to prepare his students for the rigors of healing their fellow countrymen. Since opening the doors of the Congo Protestant University’s Medical School, Dr. Mampunza has worked with Seeding Labs to receive donated laboratory equipment for their pre-med physics, chemistry, and biology courses. Dr. Mampunza is thrilled with the outcome:

“With laboratory equipment received we have been able to organize and carry out practical lessons in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.”

If your company or organization is interested in learning more about donating your unused or surplus equipment, you can visit our Equipment Donations Resource Center or contact EquipNet for more information.