Friday, July 23, 2010

Grant Award: The Boeing Company (Laptop Donation, $3,000)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is pleased to announce the conclusion of a successful in-kind grant proposal to The Boeing Company. BETF partnered with BDPA Chicago chapter to request ten (10)laptops.

BDPA Chicago chapter discovered that several of their youth participants in the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program either do not have a computer at home or have only Mac's at home. This created an "unlevel playing field" for the young people.

We determined that The Boeing Company was not a good fit for a cash donation, however, we did think that they would be a good fit if we made a request for an in-kind donation.

Here is the message that I received when the approval was made:

Dear Wayne,

It is my pleasure to inform you that your in-kind request for 10 used laptops has been approved by The Boeing Company. Please note that these laptops are 5-7 years old and have had all software completely removed (value $300 each).

Please work with Mark Schulze who is copied on this email to arrange for the laptops to be picked up from our office (100 N Riverside Plaza, Chicago). I understand that you are in Maryland, but that these laptops will be used by your Chicago location.

Thank you.
Christy Uchida, Community Investor
Global Corporate Citizenship
The Boeing Company
100 N. Riverside Plaza, MC 5002-8450
Chicago, IL 60606-1596

BETF would like to express our appreciation to the folks at The Boeing Company for saying 'yes' to us.

However, we also want to point out that the energy behind this effort came from BDPA Chicago chapter member Audra Anderson. She is the person that BETF works with in Chicago chapter on all grant proposals. She is definitely a role model for the other 44 local BDPA chapters to emulate when it comes to working succesfully with BETF on fundraising efforts!

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