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Djangos.com Is Sponsoring Used-Disc Charity Drives

16 Mar, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner

It seems everyone is converting used discs to cash these days — even nonprofits and charities -- with the help of Disc Drive charity events that the entrepreneurs behind Djangos.com pioneered.

The premise is simple: Charities collect used CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs, send them to djangos.com, and the company pays $2 per CD and $4 per DVD. It also pays postage and will return or recycle any discs it can't accept -- discs that are scratched, missing the original artwork and liner notes or stamped as promotional copies. The company will even provide a collection box for $20, which is deducted from the first payout so the fundraiser need not spend any money up front.

The Web site gets the discs to resell, the charity gets money, and consumers get rid of discs they might otherwise put in a yard sale. The drop box format lets organizations keep the drive going all year, if they want to.

Small-business owners who want to give back to their communities can also raise money for charities and boost goodwill with disc drives.

Even people who are reluctant to donate cash to an organization can often scrape together an old disc or two to drop in the bin.

“We created the Djangos Disc Drive program to provide nonprofit organizations with a new and simple way to raise megabucks and not ask for cash,” said Steve Furst, president of Djangos parent company Sound Merchant. “The latest program to launch is the Stroke Association, which is part of the Heart Association. They should have some results in a few weeks.”

Other charities that have benefited from Disc Drives include Rotary International, the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Club, the Portland Opera and some UCLA-based sororities.

“My involvement was primarily through Rotary. We did a Disc Drive with the Portland Trailblazers. We had drop boxes where people would just drop off CDs on the way in,” said Portland, Ore., businessman David Porter. “We also did a CD Disc Drive where we just asked people for their old CDs. We raised hundreds of dollars for the Kiwanis camp for severely disabled children.”

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