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History of The Wireless Foundation

While the Wireless Foundation is not actively soliciting grant applications for its Donate A Phone Grassroots, ClassLink, and Citizens on Phone Patrol (COPP) programs at this time, these wireless philanthropic programs remain a vital part of our communities throughout the United States - educating and demonstrating the benefits and applications of wireless telecommunications. Please see below for a brief history of each of our programs.


The Donate a Phone® Grassroots program enables local organizations to collect used wireless phones, which are then resold as an economic alternative to new phones, with proceeds serving as a fundraiser for the local organizations.

The Wireless Foundation launched its first Donate a Phone Grassroots program in 1999.


Through ClassLink®, CTIA member companies, including both wireless carriers and manufacturers, donate wireless phones and airtime to public schools in order to accelerate learning and prepare our children's classrooms.

ClassLink is an educational program of The Wireless Foundation launched in 1995.  

Through the Citizens on Phone Patrol (COPP®) program, Ericsson, Inc. donated wireless phones and airtime to neighborhood watch groups nationwide to help improve community safety.

COPP was a program of The Wireless Foundation from 1996-2002.