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Donation Information

The National Science Institute gladly accepts donations of science, technology, and arts related equipment and supplies.

We love receiving equipment for use in our facility. For information on the deduction process, please see our Basics of Donations.

You can drop your donation off at our facility any day Monday-Saturday from 10am-7pm. No appointment is required and you do not need to call in advance. You can also consider having us pick it up.

If you can’t make it to Grand Rapids and want to ship your donation, we can receive shipments from USPS, FedEx and UPS. We have a forklift and can receive UPS Freight shipments, but please let us know in advance so that we can coordinate with UPS to receive the shipment during our business hours.

If you’d like to help but don’t have tools or supplies to send us, we do have an Amazon Wishlist set up, and the contents change regularly. We also, of course, welcome items that are not on the wishlist. The list just makes it easy. 🙂

Our shipping address is

The National Science Institute
902 Leonard Street NW
Grand Rapids MI 49504

We have a donation form that we request be filled out with every shipped donation. It can be found HERE.

This list is not comprehensive, and it is intended as a guide. If you have donation questions we encourage you to call us at 616-466-4335.


Yes, Please!

No, Thank You!

Computers & Accessories
  • Desktop or Laptop computers in any condition, working or non-working, of any age
  • Auxiliary computer equipment, including LCD monitors, printers, scanners, fax machines
  • Servers
  • Related cables, plugs and adapters
  • Phones, tablets and MP3 Players
  • CRT Monitors
  • Nonworking monitors of any type
  • Nonworking televisions
Laboratory Equipment
  • Equipment that is new or known-good
  • Glassware that is known safe or new
  • Non-working or unknown condition laboratory equipment
LASERs & Optics
  • Laser and optics in working condition
  • Auxiliary equipment including stands, benches, safety equipment
  • Please include all hoses, fittings, and cables
  • Equipment that cannot be made into working condition, as far as you know
  • Any type of robot, or robotic system
  • This includes pick and place systems to large materials handling robots
  • They can be of any age
  • We cannot pick up robots if your facility does not have the ability to get it on our vehicles
Office Materials
  • Paper, folders, paper clips, binders, pens, etc
  • Electronic equipment including paper folders, paper cutters, and label makers
  • Non-working equipment
  • Desks and tables
  • Shelving, of any kind
  • Office Chairs
  • Monitor Mounts & Auxiliary Furniture
  • Particleboard furniture
  • Items that are not in good condition
  • Single office chairs
Arts & Crafts Supplies
  • Fabric and Textiles
  • Art supplies, including usable paint, canvases, and paintbrushes in good condition
  • Sewing supplies
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Magazines and books
  • Partially completed projects
  • Used craft supplies
Audio, Visual & Photo Equipment

  • Still cameras, digital or film
  • Video cameras of any age or condition
  • Lights
  • Backdrops
  • Supporting materials: switches, cables, adapters, etc
  • Broken tripods

  • Metal stock
  • Wood stock that is great than one board foot per piece
  • Plastic stock
  • Exotic wood in any quantity
  • Partially completed projects
  • Weather damaged wood
  • Wood that is less than one board foot