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Nonprofits: Leave A Comment to Win A Free Dell Color Laser Printer


UPDATE: This giveaway is now finished.  The winner, The EllieFund, has been selected  Many thanks to everyone who participated!

A couple of weeks,   a PR agency working for Dell approached me with an offer that I was going to refuse:

We will give a  Dell 1355cnw Multifunction Color Printer.  After using the machine, all we ask in return is that you tell a story about your experiences and share advice with your audience on your blog. In accordance with FTC guidelines, full disclosure will be necessary when writing about the printer, and we ask that you provide your honest opinion of it.

It was tempting because my cheap inkjet printer was on its last leg after five years.    I wrote back that the only way I would do something like this is if I could have a second printer for a giveaway to a deserving nonprofit.   They said yes!    So, if you want a chance to win a new printer for your nonprofit’s office, please leave a comment on this post with the following:

  • Your nonprofit organization and its mission and web site URL
  • Why does your nonprofit need a new color laser printer?
  • How will this new printer benefit your mission?

Here’s my honest review of the  Dell 1355cnw Multifunction Color Printer

This printer retails for $300-450.   The Dell site sales copy describes it as:

Finally, everything you need in a printer but in a small package. Enjoy wireless printing and great print, fax, copy and scan capabilities with the DellTM 1355cnw Multifunction Color Printer.

I was excited to test out this printer because in our small office,  we have been using the “sneaker net” to print.  In other words,   copy the file onto a USB stick and then walk over to the other computer where the printer is hooked up and print it.    In addition, there are many times when I’m working on my laptop in another area of the house and would love to be able to send a document to print.

The installation of the printer software and drivers and plugging in the network cords was painless.   But configuring the network was not exactly plug and play – more an issue of my local area network and having computers with different operating systems:  a MAC, Windows XP, and Windows 7.       To get all these to work as needed, took some research – but was not the fault of the Dell printer.

The printer is FAST and the color is great – so much better than my five year old ink-jet printer that I avoid printing anything longer than two page documents.     My other printer also had a scanner, but it was also painfully slow.    This printer’s scanner and copied are also FAST.

The printer cartridges are more expensive than my inkjet, but they are much larger and can print more pages per cartridge than my old printer.   My old printer ink cartridges 9 cents per page for BW and 13 cents per page for color.  The Dell costs 5 cents a page for BW and 7 cents a page for color.    You can find “Dell compatible” ink that costs less, but I did not test these for the quality.    But my print volume is probably not more than a couple hundred pages per year.   The paper tray is fine for my office needs but if you do a lot of printing in the office the smaller paper tray might be an issue.

So, if you work for nonprofit that is looking for a laser printer, leave me a comment.

  • Your nonprofit organization and its mission, email address, and web site URL
  • Why does your nonprofit need a new color laser printer?
  • How will this new printer benefit your mission?


70 Responses

  1. Paul Renaud says:

    Hi Beth- thank you for helping non profit organizations! Stop Hunger Now ( prepackaged meals and aid to schools and orphanages around the world. By supporting schools we promote education through increased attendance and enrollment.

    Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

    If we receive this printer it will be sent along with our meals to a developing country school where it will benefit the children and staff. Thank you for what you are doing.

  2. What a wonderful gesture. I echo the thanks of the other commenters. Our organization, Entrusted Legacy, provide training and professional development support to afterschool programs. We know that many programs don’t have the funding to give their staff the adequate training to best serve youth and so we partner with programs and the community to meet those needs. We strive to develop role models, educate adults and transform youth!

    We would greatly benefit from receiving this printer because though we are a small group of people, we have many partners. This printer would allow us to more efficiently communicate with our partners and donors with written letters, create newsletters and other documents to show the community the impact of our work and continue to innovate and produce materials and tools for the programs we work with.

    Thank you for considering us and for your generous act!

  3. Vera Marelli says:

    Tri-City Life Center serves pregnant females and families in crisis by providing the tools to become healthy and whole including a “Learn to Earn” program. Although we are a small staff of 10, annually, we provide over 4,000 no-cost client visits to in-need individuals and families in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

    Currently, every printer/copier we have has been received as a donation. We do not have the capacity to make a colored copy unless we do so on a chug-a-chug desktop printer. As a result, we must rely on using a professional print shop when needing copies to look their very best.

    Having a color laser printer would be a tremendous time and cost savings to us moving us into the 21st Century!

  4. Susie Bill says:

    Our Mission Statement:

    To teach the Good News of Jesus Christ to all suffering addicts and alcoholics

    To encourage women to study God’s Word daily and to create new relationships with Christ followers.

    To create balance in women’s everyday lives to show them what the abundant life is like in Jesus Christ (good clean fun)
    We do not have a printer at all at this time. We just put our own money into donating 10 – 15 of our book, LOST AND FOUND: My journey through addiction to all 95 county jails in Tennessee, our home state, so we work on a shoestring budget for our operation of the ministry. It is our vision now to put books now in all county jails in Alabama!

    This printer will benefit our mission in that we will not have to ask our friends to copy our stuff!! We will be able to make flyers, print them out, & send them to those that may ask us to come & speak, so we can raise more money to donate to county jails across America.

    You can read about the book on our web site,

    Thank you!

  5. Mary Utley says:

    I really could use a printer and laptop. I am unemployed and looking for work. I really love Dell products.

  6. Karla Klay says:

    Artist Boat really appreciates the chance to win a color laser printer. We serve 10,000+ youth annually with arts and environmental education. In 2008 Hurricane Ike destroyed our offices and we lost everything. We have operated on a shoe string ever since this day. Annually we take 1,000’s of student on Eco-Art Adventures by kayak, restore 20 acres of coastal dune systems with 1,000’s of students and plants they grow, and we create large scale public art on their campuses. We are in need of a good color printer because we use color images of coastal and marine life to teach students how to draw and paint real species living in the Gulf. Since the BP oil spill it is so important children learn how to protect wildlife and what those species are. Youth today recognize over 600 brand logos but, most don’t know more than three common species to their local environment by their common name. Additionally we use color prints to share their work and tell out story. Our work is visual and without color the story is hard to tell without this resource. Currently we pay for the color images at $1 a piece at the local copy shop. This would save us ALOT of money. This would help us teach students daily, help us tell the story of our organization and the fragile Gulf of Mexico. Also, this will help our recovery from the hurricane. Our mission is dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts. Please help us further our mission on the Gulf of Mexico. We have lost everything in Ike and really need a printer that is color and cost effective.


    Karla Klay
    Executive Director

  7. ali asghar says:

    i am person with disabilty i need this to start a small business, so please kindly help.may be ignore me as society ignore us.and excuse point and say sorry…but i request you please kindly help.pleae answer in clear cut.

  8. Daniela Papi says:

    We’ll join the bandwagon as well!!

    PEPY ( exists to support young people in Cambodia in achieving their dreams. We connect the youth we work with to the skills, networks, ideas, and inspiration they need to reach the goals they have for their lives and the changes they want to see in their communities. We just moved our main office into the main town in the area where we work (Kralanh), but still have some staff working out of a smaller office. We don’t currently have a color printer and often need to go into Siem Reap to print things in color which could be used for trainings, library/resource center activities, etc. Thanks for adding us to your list!

  9. joyce bamwenda says:

    thank for the opportunity.we are dealing with people with mental health issues we are in great need of office materials please put us on your donation agenda. your support is grealty appreciated
    dar es salaam voluntary association
    Box 42981 dar es salaam

  10. David Lasday says:

    Netanya Hoops For Kids utilizes the status and influence of professional basketball players to teach children life skills and build community.

    We would use the printer to create educational posters of our basketball players extolling the values of goal setting, teamwork, and hard work.

    We coul also print our life skills packets in house.

  11. The Center for Educational Advancement’s mission is to educate, empower and employ individuals with special needs. We offer employment training and support programs, a secondary school and full-time jobs to people of varying disabilities. I am the new Development Director and I have no way of printing envelopes for those all-important solicitations and thank you letters. When I want to print on letterhead, I have to go out in the hall to put the paper in the machine manually and run back to my desk to try to print the document before someone else sends something to the printer. It would be awesome to have this printer for fundraising! Thank you.

  12. We try to print a newsletter quarterly. We print a
    tri-fold pamphlet with information about who we are and what we do. We would like to be able to print color flyers for events we sponsor. So many people are not aware we are here. This beautiful printer would make it possible for us to get the word out.

    Our mission is to provide individuals with mental illness and their families with support, advocacy and education.
    1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children live with mental illness. It is treatable. It is not a death sentence.
    But our resources are so few in Paducah, KY. Our group tries to give support through our lived experiences and with the resources we have available. We advocate for those with mental illnes by talking with our legislators about treatment, medication and housing. The biggest obstacle is always money. Education is provided through our monthly speaker night. With presentations on how to manage a budget. Tips on how to communicate to you Dr. effectively, etc. A free 12 week class is offered to family members to learn more about their loved one’s illnes and how to react and cope with situations that arise. We never give up hope!

  13. I keep trying to post…for some reason It will not take! Im trying again….My name is Pamela Arnoldson. I am a director of Buddy Cruise Inc, a Non-Profit 501c3 charity. It is our mission to provide educational opportunities & resources while promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and developmental delay. This opportunity could not have come at a better time as we are just months away from our annual conference. We do much of our own printing of the resources we provide. Our color printer died 2 weeks ago and it is not in our budget to replace it. I cannot express how much we really really need this new printer!
    Thank you so much for this opportunity and I also want to thank you for thinking of others when you were given the opportunity to receive a printer for your own review and use. What an incredibly kind selfless act. I invite you to visit our website to see the programs that we have as well as photos of the individuals we serve!
    Pamela Arnoldson
    Director Buddy Cruise Inc

  14. Thank you in advance for this great oppportunity.
    Our Mission:
    Promoting Social Justice by encouraging the practice of Citizenship and Sustainable Entrepreneurship,
    producing equality, career opportunities and employability
    always focusing on Responsibility and Universal Values​​.
    We are a Brasilian Non profit organization.

  15. Dear Beth,
    Thank you for this generous opportunity.

    Navigating Cancer Survivorship (NCS) is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education and resources on the entire continuum of cancer survivorship issues to survivors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

    NCS provides hospitals, cancer centers, community clinics, professional associations, cancer advocacy organizations, and other groups with tailored and turn-key seminars, teleconferences, and conferences on cancer survivorship issues through a national Speakers Bureau of cancer survivorship experts and cancer survivors.

    Members of the NCS Speakers Bureau not only have expertise in various areas of cancer survivorship, but are skilled at providing information to diverse audiences in clear, useful, and engaging ways.

    NCS also provides online education materials, articles, and blogs as well as uses social media platforms to share practical cancer survivorship information to underserved communities.

    Access to a color laser printer would allow NCS to print educational materials to distribute at community events, to print copies of our speakers slide presentations as take-away resources for attendees, to print grant applications to secure funding for the organization, and to print marketing materials to share with the cancer community, to let them know about our services. In short, having access to a reliable, fast, professional printer is key to accomplishing all of our organizational goals.

  16. Lori Provost says:

    The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of high quality education in the art of dance. As the national voice of dance, NDEO is committed to offering the highest caliber of printed educational resources. After reviewing the specs of the Dell 1355cnw Multifunction Color Printer, we are convinced that this printer is compatible to our printing needs and would bring the excellence conducive of our mission.

    NDEO provides the dance artist, educator, and administrator a network of resources and support. Eighty cents of every dollar received is funneled back into the field to service our members. We currently have a member database of over 1900, and we print, fax, scan, and copy on average 100 pages per day. In addition, NDEO distributes numerous mass mailings to our members 4-5 times during the membership year. NDEO staffs an office of only five regular employees. The wireless component would help expedite the precious time of all five employees, and provide a much-needed, primary printer. As it stands, many of our mass printing jobs are sent to an outside contractor. The color printer would enable NDEO to publish resources in house and ultimately save the organization a lot of money. With the recent launching of our online professional development courses and expansion of our National Honor Society to include high schools and universities, the future growth and success of dance education would depend on and benefit greatly from this printer.

  17. Nell Gram says:

    The mission of WriteGirl is to promote creativity and self-expression to empower girls within a community of women writers. WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring non-profit organization for teen girls. WriteGirl helps girls develop communication skills, confidence and an expanded view of themselves and their futures through workshops, readings, publications.

    WriteGirl needs a new color laser printer for printing all the written drafts of students’ poetry, fiction, songwriting, and more, produced during both workshops and weekly mentoring. We would also use it to print colorful writing experiments and inspirational words from the girls to inspire them to keep writing. 100% of WriteGirl teens have graduated from high school and enrolled in college for the last eleven consecutive years. We would use this printer to print activities for our College Workshops and information our girls will need about higher education as well. Our girls need volunteers to help run WriteGirl for them, so we would use this printer to help secure volunteers with colorful information sheets about WriteGirl.

    Using this new printer will help get the word out about the twelfth season of WriteGirl, giving more girls and women opportunities to expand their creativity, confidence, and view of the future. As I can attest from my wonderful years as a WriteGirl mentee and now as a WriteGirl employee, this program gives girls who might not otherwise be heard an opportunity to speak. But more importantly, it gives them women to listen, women who care about them and their futures and will advocate for them. WriteGirl relies on hundreds of women to serve as mentors and support volunteers – we would also use this printer to help print materials related to recruiting and supporting our valuable volunteers.

  18. At Girls on the Run of Atlanta our mission is to inspire girls to be Joyful, Healthy and Confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates Running. We are committed to helping young women fulfill their potential by decreasing the percentage of at-risk activities and empowering a generation of self-aware girls who are tomorrow’s role models for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

    We would put the color printer to good use, printing race fliers, donor and sponsor thank you letters, sponsorship and marketing decks and coach thank you notes.

    Thank you so much for this generous opportunity.


    Stuart Dougherty
    Director of Community Outreach
    Girls on the Run of Atlanta

  19. Beth says:

    I’m happy to announce that the winner of the printer is Ellie’s Fund for their insight comment. I’m sad that we didn’t have printers for everyone, but Dell was delighted with the response and their PR agency hopes to work with me to do other giveaweays in the future. Keep on doing the great work you all do!

  20. Dear Beth,

    On September 4, 2011, our world here in Bastrop County, Texas changed forever due to a wildfire. We are a small county of only 75,000. We lost 1691 homes, 38 businesses, 34,000 acres and 2 lives. 296 of these homes were uninsured and 747 had a household income that was low income. It was the largest fire in Texas history and the third largest fire in US history with regards to the number of homes destroyed.
    It is the mission of the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team to assist uninsured and underinsured low income individuals and families with recovery from this wildfire. Our organization relies solely on grants and donations to rebuild these homes and does not have much money for administrative expenses. Right now 14 people share one printer because that is all we can afford. This printer would mean the world to us.
    Thank you so much for your consideration.