Monday, October 6, 2014

Grant Proposal: FIS Charitable Foundation (BDPA Atlanta)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) collaborated with BDPA Atlanta chapter (president, Derrick Brown) on a $5,000 grant proposal submitted to the FIS Charitable Foundation. The proposal was submitted to the Atlanta-based chair of the 'Charitable Contributions Committee' in accordance with the FIS Charitable Giving Guidelines. It is worth noting that the local charitable contributions committees co-located with our BDPA chapters in Birmingham, Milwaukee, Orlando, Philadelphia or Tampa Bay might be open to funding proposals as well.

Mike Williams
Our case in Atlanta is stronger because of the fact we have great employee involvement. A senior member of the FIS executive team, Mike Williams, has been involved in BDPA for many years and became active with the BDPA Atlanta chapter in 2007. Mike has regularly served as an adviser to local chapter board members and as a panelist or speaker at BDPA events. In addition to donating his time and talent to BDPA, Mike has been a frequent donor to BDPA initiatives and programs because of his belief in the organization’s mission.

Our grant proposal focused on the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Atlanta. The objective of our SITES program in Atlanta is to effectively use technology to stimulate and sustain the interest of young people in science and technology.

One of the focus areas for the FIS Charitable Foundation is Education:
"Preparing the children of our communities for the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s workplace is a key area of focus."
Our SITES program is perfectly in synch with this focus area. SITES works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to provide them with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills development needed to be productive, engaged members of our future workforce.

BETF will continue to aggressively seek out funding to support BDPA programs, scholarships and services hosted by our 46 local chapters. Contact the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

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