Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Grant Declination: Waste Management Charitable Foundation (BDPA Detroit)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Detroit chapter had our grant proposal declined by Waste Management Charitable Foundation. We had sought $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

Waste Management wrote us:

Hello Wayne,

Thank you for extending the invitation to Waste Management to be involved with Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We truly appreciate you taking time to reach out to us.

We receive thousands of requests a year from qualified causes, and unfortunately, we are not able to fund all of them. Although your effort is of great value to the community, we are not able to participate at this time.

Thank you for the work you do and best wishes!


BETF is willing to work with BDPA Detroit and the other 45 chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Grant Proposal: KeyBank Foundation (BDPA Dayton)


BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Dayton chapter to submit a grant proposal to the KeyBank Foundation seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next three months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BDPA Future Campaign * $250,000 by 3/31/2018

For over 40 years BDPA has been committed to the development of the careers of its membership and other interested parties in Information Technology and other IT related fields. Through its work, at no cost, with tens of thousands of students; its professional development programs and the ever-important opportunity for member professionals at all levels to develop the skills necessary to move to the next level on their career path, by learning and practicing those skills well before they become part of their career requirements.

BDPA has been and continues to be committed to its mantra 'From the classroom to the boardroom'! In order to continue and expand its efforts, BDPA needs your assistance.

Through its BDPA Education and Technology Foundation, BDPA has launched a Crowdrise fundraising campaign. We are asking you to participate by visiting https://www.crowdrise.com/BDPAFuture and make a contribution, at whatever level is affordable. No contribution is too large or too small!



BDPA will continue to devote itself to supporting you in your career efforts. Let others know that you appreciate BDPA and believe its efforts should be supported. Thank you for participating with BDPA and look forward to continued and improving programs and opportunities as we move BDPA forward!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Grant Declination: Johnson Scholarship Foundation (BDPA Greater Tampa Bay)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Greater Tampa Bay chapter had our grant proposal declined by Johnson Scholarship Foundation. We had sought $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

Sharon Wood, program officer wrote,


Thank you for your Letter of Inquiry expressing interest in making a proposal for a grant from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation. Our LOI review committee has read this request, and, while we applaud your efforts to provide education and technology programs, regretfully, we must decline the Foundation's participation.

I regret that we are unable to extend support. I do, however, wish you every success and hope you will be able to secure the funding you need for your endeavors.

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Sharon L. Wood, Program Officer
Johnson Scholarship Foundation
505 South Flagler Drive Suite 810
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401



BETF is willing to work with BDPA Greater Tampa Bay and the other 45 chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Grant Proposal: The Assisi Foundation of Memphis (BDPA Memphis)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Memphis chapter to submit a grant proposal to the Assisi Foundation seeking $6,500 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Grant Declination: Bader Philanthropies (BDPA Milwaukee)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Milwaukee chapter had our grant proposal declined by Bader Philanthropies. We had sought $10,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

Daniel Bader, president and CEO, wrote,

Dear Mr. Hicks:

On behalf of Bader Philanthropies, thank you for your recent application. Our Program Committee has had the opportunity to review your inquiry, but unfortunately we are not able to consider your request for funding at this time. Although your objectives may be worthy, please understand that the Foundation’s giving is limited, which means we can only consider a fraction of the requests received in light of the tremendous level of need in the communities we aim to serve.


If you should have any questions, please contact Kristen Lie, Grants Manager, at 414-755-4365 or kristen@bader.org.

We appreciate the time and effort organizations put into their applications and wish you the very best of luck in your work.

Sincerely,
Daniel J. Bader
President and CEO
Bader Philanthropies, Inc
BETF is willing to work with BDPA Milwaukee and the other 45 chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Grant Proposal: Johnson Scholarship Foundation (BDPA Greater Tampa Bay)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Greater Tampa Bay chapter to submit a grant proposal to the Johnson Scholarship Foundation seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Grant Declination: SAS Institute (BDPA Triangle)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Triangle chapter had our grant proposal declined by SAS Institute.   We had sought $15,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

We were informed by Dawn Leister, SAS community relations specialist who wrote,
Good afternoon Mr. Hicks,

Thank you for taking the time to submit a donation application to SAS requesting $15,000 for the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in the Triangle.

While STEM education in the classroom is one of our philanthropic focus areas, we are moving more to policy related efforts in early learning, in particular, as they relate to third grade literacy proficiency. With that said, our funding is limited - there are many strong programs in the Triangle area, and we wish we could support them all. However, we are fully committed to our current education partners. While this program is truly worthy - and we appreciate the opportunity to partner – we are unable to provide funding.

Although we cannot support BDPA and the SITES program, we do wish you all the best. Thank you for making such a difference in the lives of so many.

Sincerely,
Dawn Leister
Community Relations Specialist
& Executive Assistant to Ann Goodnight
SAS Institute Inc.
100 SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513
BETF is willing to work with any of the BDPA and the other 45 chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Monday, November 6, 2017

BDPA Commends Fifth Third Bank on $5,000 Grant

BDPA Cincinnati and its fundraising arm, BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF), commends Fifth Third Bank for their generous $5,000 grant.
Karen Lipscomb, BDPA Cincinnati Vice President of Member Services said, “Fifth Third Bank has been a staunch champion of BDPA for a number of years, contributing to the chapter financially as well as through the gift of resources. We look forward to a continuing relationship in which, through this partnership, we develop and retain IT talent for the greater Cincinnati area.

Located in Cincinnati, Fifth Third Bank became the first financial institution in the United States to establish a charitable foundation. They are committed to actively engaging individuals and community groups to affect positive change and continue to invest time, resources, and people to help improve lives in the communities they serve.

BDPA Cincinnati Computer Camp Coordinator Frank Hill states, "Investing time and treasure in young people today will yield leaders, mentors and innovators needed to guarantee a brighter tomorrow for all of us. I rejoice each time I get a message about the latest successes of BDPA alumni!"

BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. BDPA has over 40 chapters nationwide with more than 2,500 STEM professional and student members. BDPA offers over $100,000 in scholarships annually to hundreds of high school and college students who wish to pursue STEM careers.

For more information on BDPA or a sponsorship, please contact BDPA’s corporate sponsorship program at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Top 10 BDPA Chapters (Membership, October 2017)

The lifeblood of any nonprofit association is its membership. We have a chapter who leads the nation in BDPA members.... BDPA Cincinnati.   The chapter ... led by its president, Shawnda Peterson ... continues to amaze others by its consistent growth.  The chapter recently hosted the 39th BDPA Technology Conference in downtown Cincinnati and it was a remarkable event and everyone appeared to have a great time!

Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour
The largest movement came from BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter who moved up to 8th place as a result of their success at the 2017 National BDPA High School Computer Competition.  Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour is the president of the chapter and they are doing well. His efforts have allowed BDPA to continue to grow.   He realizes that we need to work hard to keep membership growth and retention higher.

BDPA believes in the management maxim -- you get what you measure.  Let us assess the numbers in order to honor those local BDPA chapters who are demonstrating success in their efforts to recruit and retain members.  Let's take a look at the ten largest chapters in BDPA-Nation:
  1. Cincinnati - president, Shawnda Peterson
  2. Detroit - president, Loraine Stewart-David
  3. Chicago - president, Reggie Rush 
  4. St. Louis - president, Malcom Mathis
  5. Indianapolis - president, Delano Robinson
  6. Philadelphia - president, Cedric Edwards
  7. Atlanta - president, Victor Montgomery
  8. Southern Minnesota - president, Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour
  9. Washington DC - president, Perry Carter
  10. New Jersey - president, Goldie Bonney
The number of chapters now belonging to the 'BDPA Century Club' currently stands at two.  The benefit of having powerful leadership is obvious when we see that Cincinnati and Detroit each have over 100 members. One of the common denominators for each of these chapters is that they place a high premium on the delivery of quality programs and services to their members. These chapters work hard to ensure that there is a strong return on the $100 investment that each member makes thru annual dues.

National president Mike Williams recently touted the value that organizational re-branding has made on BDPAWhat are your thoughts about the value of BDPA membership? What can your local chapter do to improve the value-proposition for you on a personal or professional level?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Matthew Mugeni Will Use Bemley Scholarship at North Carolina State University

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Matthew Mugeni will use the Bemley Scholarship awarded all the members of the BDPA Triangle High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team with a $1,000 college scholarship at North Carolina State University.

Matthew Mugeni * Bemley Scholar (2017)
We asked Matthew to share his thoughts on BDPA:

"I am 18 years old living in Raleigh, North Carolina. I graduated from Leesville Road High School and currently enrolled at North Carolina State University for Engineering. I have been part of BDPA for 4 years and for every year and I got the chance to attend and compete at the National Conference. In my final year of competing my team and I placed 3rd in the competition. I have loved every second I've been in BDPA and owe the organization a great thanks.

Without BDPA I would not have learned the technical skills of information technology, such as computer programming, or soft skills, such as public speaking and how to act or present yourself in corporate settings. Finally, BDPA allowed me to participate in a movement of Black professionals and allowed me to work with people that looked like me especially since there is a scarcity of people of color in STEM fields. Ultimately, BDPA has pushed me further to pursue my dreams of becoming a Black Professional in the STEM field as has also taught me never to waver from that dream."


BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Bemley Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Matthew's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry.