The Equipment Access Initiative

Equip Your Dreams: Donate to the Equipment Access Initiative!

Do you have filmmaking, lighting, or sound equipment collecting dust in your garage or storage unit? The McArthur Center for Creative Impact (MCCI) is excited to announce the launch of the Equipment Access Initiative, a program designed to empower creators by facilitating resource sharing within our vibrant artistic community.

Here’s how it works:

  • Donate your underutilized equipment: Film cameras, lighting rigs, sound mixers – if it can fuel creative projects, we want it! The Equipment Access Initiative accepts a wide range of equipment in good working condition.
  • Give your equipment a new life: By donating, you’re enabling aspiring filmmakers, artists, and storytellers to bring their visions to life. Your generosity directly impacts the creative landscape.
  • We take care of the details: The MCCI will consolidate, maintain, and insure donated equipment. We’ll also handle any necessary repairs or refurbishments to ensure it’s ready for the next creative spark.
  • Outdated equipment finds a new purpose: Equipment nearing obsolescence can be sold to fund the purchase of new technology or further program development, ensuring the Equipment Access Initiative remains a valuable resource for the community.

Benefits of Donating:

  • Support the next generation of creators: Your contribution empowers aspiring artists and fuels groundbreaking projects.
  • Receive a tax deduction: Donations of qualified equipment may be tax-deductible. Please consult with your tax advisor for details.
  • Clear out your storage space: Free up valuable space at home or in your studio.
  • Feel good about giving back: Be a part of fostering a collaborative and supportive creative environment.

How to Donate:

  • Fill in the form below and we will contact you with instructions.

Together, let’s bridge the resource gap! Donate your underutilized equipment to the Equipment Access Initiative and empower the creative minds of tomorrow.

Types of Equipment We Accept

Filmmaking:

  • Cameras (DSLR, mirrorless, cinema)
  • Lenses (wide, telephoto, prime, zoom)
  • Tripods and monopods
  • Gimbals and stabilizers
  • Drones (consumer models)
  • Dolly tracks and sliders
  • Camera bags and backpacks
  • Memory cards and external hard drives

Lighting:

  • Light fixtures (continuous and strobe)
  • Softboxes and diffusers
  • Reflectors and flags
  • Light stands and booms
  • Gels and color filters

Sound:

  • Audio recorders (portable and field recorders)
  • Microphones (shotgun, lavalier, boom)
  • Audio mixers
  • Headphones and monitors
  • Boom poles and windjammers

Equipment Access Initiative: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What type of equipment can I donate?

We accept a wide range of equipment in good working condition, including filmmaking cameras, lenses, lighting fixtures, sound recorders, microphones, and related accessories (see our website for a full list).

2. Is my equipment too old to donate?

We primarily look for equipment that is functional and can be readily used for creative projects. However, even outdated equipment may be considered for sale to support the initiative. Please contact us to discuss your specific equipment.

3. Can I claim a tax deduction for my donation?

Donations of qualified equipment to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization may be tax-deductible. We recommend consulting with your tax advisor for specific guidance on your situation.

4. What happens to the equipment after I donate it?

The MCCI will carefully assess and catalog your donation. Functional equipment will be cleaned, maintained, and insured before being made available to qualified borrowers. Equipment nearing obsolescence may be sold to fund the purchase of new technology or further program development.

5. How do I know if I’m eligible to borrow equipment?

The Equipment Access Initiative is currently under development. We will be announcing the official application process and eligibility criteria soon. Please sign up for our newsletter on our website to stay informed.

6. How can I learn more about the Equipment Access Initiative?

We encourage you to visit our website for the latest updates and program details. You can also contact us at [email protected] with any questions.