Minnesota Computers For Schools Organization adheres to highest standards of data destruction and guarantees equipment donors that their data is safe.


On January 18, 2020 Minnesota Computers for Schools (MCFS) became certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) for computer hard drive sanitization and physical destruction. MCFS is a nonprofit that refurbishes computers donated from businesses and uses them to provide technology access and training to individuals in need.

“Achieving NAID certification ensures our equipment donors that MCFS is adhering to the highest standards when it comes to data security,” said Tamara Gillard, executive director at MCFS. “Our donor’s data security is our top priority and we are excited to be able to offer NAID certified data destruction to our partners.”

NAID certification is awarded to companies that successfully complete an intense security audit conducted by an accredited security professional. To maintain certification, MCFS will be subject to random unannounced audits as well as routine scheduled audits.

“Partnering with MCFS provides us the opportunity to safely and responsibly maximize the value of our donated computer equipment,” said Travelers 2VP Erin Wait. “Together, we are helping to provide students access to technology and helping to build valuable computer skills for tomorrow’s workforce.”

In addition to being NAID certified, MCFS is also R2 certified, which assures donors that every component that isn’t reused is recycled in an environmentally responsible way in US. This unique combination of certifications allows donors to confidently donate their equipment to MCFS, knowing that it will be processed responsibly and put to good use in the community.


Businesses interested in donating computers to MCFS can contact Tom Tieman at ttieman@mncfs.org or 612.383.2387.