CompTIA | October 28, 2022
CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, announced today it is partnering with Coursera, a leading online learning platform, making it part of a global network of industry leaders that provide deep expertise to train emerging and experienced talent on the latest technologies and tools.
Coursera industry partners are leaders in helping learners develop skills for in-demand jobs as well as creating jobs through professional training and certifications. Among Coursera's 100+ industry partners are Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Autodesk. Coursera is one of the world's largest online learning platforms with more than 100 million learners globally.
As an industry partner, CompTIA will build three Specializations around CompTIA A+®, CompTIA Network+®, and CompTIA Security+® certifications, which will be available in early 2023. Each Specialization will be fully online, self-paced, and consists of several courses, providing introductions to the specific certifications along with foundational information that will help learners determine if they are ready to move forward with their training journeys.
"Our goal is to deliver foundational training to individuals looking to expand their career options through gaining technical skills and knowledge, Technology training has never been more vital to people in all sorts of industries and job roles. By joining forces with Coursera, CompTIA will connect more people with the education they need to start or continue their career paths."
-Thomas Reilly, chief product officer at CompTIA.
Learners who complete a CompTIA Specialization on Coursera will have the opportunity to continue their training via CompTIA's comprehensive catalogue of technology certifications.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world's economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce.
Coursera (NYSE: COUR) was launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, with a mission to provide universal access to world-class learning. It is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 107 million registered learners as of June 30, 2022. Coursera partners with over 275 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including Guided Projects, courses, Specializations, certificates, and bachelor's and master's degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in many high-demand fields, including data science, technology, and business.
FUNDRAISING, NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
Food Lion Feeds | October 31, 2022
Food Lion Feeds – along with associates and customers – joined together to donate more than $66,000 for ongoing disaster relief to support communities impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Ian. This amount includes a Food Lion Feeds $30,000 donation on top of the amount customers donated at the register from Oct. 5 – 18. Food Lion Feeds was founded in 2014 by Food Lion, an omnichannel grocery retailer, to address food insecurity in the towns and cities it serves.
“The destruction from Hurricane Ian is devastating, and we are grateful for the support of our associates and customers who contributed to this relief effort in helping our neighbors begin their journey of recovery.”
-Kevin Durkee, Manager, Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion.
During the two-week period, Food Lion offered customers at its more than 1,100 stores across 10 states the option to make a cash donation at the register to support neighbors and communities in the path of Hurricane Ian. So far in 2022, Food Lion Feeds has provided more than $160,000 in donations to the American Red Cross to support recovery efforts from flooding in Eastern Kentucky and hurricane devastation in Florida.
In addition, Food Lion Feeds delivered two semi-trailers full of much-needed essentials from South Carolina to Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, the largest hunger-relief network in Southwest Florida. The delivery included pallets of water, canned soup, canned vegetables, rice, dried beans, macaroni and cheese, antibacterial wipes, baby food and pet food.
About Food Lion:
Food Lion is an omnichannel retailer committed to nourishing its neighbors during the moments that matter most. More than 82,000 associates across 1,100+ stores deliver an easy, fresh and affordable shopping experience throughout 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Through its ‘Count on me’ culture, Food Lion fosters a sense of belonging for all associates, promoting a diverse and inclusive environment that has supported LGBTQ+ equality for nearly two decades. Food Lion is the only company in the country to be named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 21 consecutive years. It also pioneered a food rescue program to support food-insecure neighbors. Through Food Lion Feeds, the retailer has donated more than 970 million meals to individuals and families since 2014 and has committed to donate 1.5 billion meals by 2025. Founded and based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize.
FUNDRAISING, NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY
SBB Research Group Foundation | September 20, 2022
Reading Power received a $5,000 grant from the SBB Research Group Foundation, which awards monthly grants to support impactful organizations during the pandemic.
Reading Power, a tutoring organization, serves under-resourced schools in Lake County, Illinois, by providing one-to-one tutoring to pre-kindergarten through second grade students.
“Our mission is to accelerate children’s literacy learning to help them develop a love of reading and writing, This year, we will be expanding to two new schools in Waukegan, in minority and low-income areas, where we know the need is great. We know, especially after COVID, that students need to have a caring adult in their life that can give them the attention and care that they need to feel comfortable taking risks in their learning”
-Kristin Fine, Reading Power’s Director of Programs.
Individualized programs focus on developing reading fluency, comprehension, oral language, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and writing skills. Reading Power collaborates with teachers and administration to provide 25- to 40-minute tutoring sessions during the school day, 3 to 5 days per week. The organization also ensures that students can continue to read at home by gifting them new books and providing them access to a lending library.
“It is so exciting to see this unique organization create individualized programs with the power to enhance the educational development of children in need.”
-Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation.
About the SBB Research Group Foundation:
The SBB Research Group Foundation supports ambitious organizations solving unmet needs with thoughtful, long-term strategies. SBB Research Group LLC, a Chicago-based investment management firm led by Sam Barnett, Ph.D., and Matt Aven, established SBB Research Group Foundation to further its philanthropic mission. In addition, the Foundation sponsors the SBBRG STEM Scholarship, which supports students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees.
NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT, NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY
Digitunity | September 07, 2022
Digitunity, a national nonprofit organization that connects low-income people with the computer donations they need, today announced that Onepak has signed The Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide as a Cornerstone Partner in the quest to improve digital equity throughout the country.
Since the mid-1980s, Digitunity, its predecessor organization, and community partners have placed hundreds of thousands of computers with people in need. Providing that technology is essential for helping people to succeed in school, participate in the economy, and improve their communities.
"We're thrilled to have an organization like Onepak, with its foresight, social consciousness, and reach, join us in our mission to close the digital divide, With Onepak as a partner, we'll be able to elevate the issue, accelerate our efforts, and help more community-based organizations obtain the technology they need for their constituents."
-Scot Henley, Executive Director of Digitunity.
Onepak is a logistics technology company whose software platform and services facilitate the return, reuse, and recycling of IT and other hardware assets. As organizations of all sizes focus increasingly on sustainability, Onepak can track and report the impact of ESG efforts and help facilitate Digitunity's mission at the same time. Onepak is uniquely positioned to redirect the flow of used IT assets toward organizations that address digital equity in the U.S.
"As a company committed to bending the supply chain into a circle with sustainability at the core of our mission, partnering with Digitunity not only makes sense as a business but aligns with our values entirely, We're eager to turn this pledge into genuine action to close the digital divide in our society to the betterment of everyone involved."
-Steve Andon, CEO and Co-founder of Onepak.
An estimated 36 million people in the U.S. don't have a computer at home, and tens of millions of households lack access to basic technology most people take for granted, including reliable internet access, a computer, and the skills to use digitally-connected devices. The problem disproportionately affects communities of color, but persists across all boundaries.
This disparity between resourced and under-resourced communities is known as the "digital divide." It permeates into every aspect of life, creating educational, economic, and career disenfranchisement. Children are unable to complete homework. Parents cannot search for and apply for jobs. Families are cut off from access to community services.
Through the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide, Digitunity hopes to align the support and collective voice of influential, resourceful organizations in business, government, education, philanthropy, and community organizations with the passion and dedication of their Digital Opportunity Network, which includes nearly 1,500 frontline, community-level groups.
The solution to expanding device ownership cannot be to simply buy new devices. Instead, a sustainable, long-term solution is to shift the way corporate IT assets are handled at end of life, according to Susan Krautbauer, Senior Director of Strategy and Development at Digitunity. This decommissioned technology, repurposed for community support, can make owning a computer more attainable for more people. Technology reuse is a practical, environmentally friendly solution for expanding device ownership.
This national-scale gap in opportunity is multi-faceted and pervasive. It results from a number of interwoven, systemic issues. Solving it will require building and expanding collaborations on a similar scale. It is the reason Digitunity launched the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide.
Because of the nature of this issue, we believe fostering collaboration and relationships between entities throughout the community, businesses, service providers, community leaders, volunteers, government representatives, academics, and the media is critical for creating an inclusive future, said Krautbauer. No one organization can do this alone. But together, we can ensure underrepresented, marginalized people have access to the technology they need to thrive in the modern economy.
The four pillars of Digitunity's pledge are:
Access to Technology - People must have access to secure, reliable, and connected large-screen devices to work, learn, and develop the skills they need.
Digital Skills & Education - Digital literacy is fundamental to education, finance, employment, telehealth, communication, security, community, and efficiency.
Community Engagement & Impact - Those in need benefit most from engaged people and organizations in their communities. Those systems need to enable and sustain impact.
Achieving Change - There is a direct line from racial inequity to poverty, and poverty to the digital divide. The corporate sector is a critical partner in developing innovative solutions that can benefit marginalized communities while having broad societal beneﬁts.
Each organization that commits to the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide is:
Provided ongoing opportunities for active participation and engagement to bolster desired outcomes.
Receiving access to a variety of tools, resources, research, and thought-leadership opportunities.
Recognized by name and organization on the Corporate Pledge webpage on the Digitunity website.
Included in a quarterly press release announcing new organizations that join.
Featured in promotional and media campaigns to promote overall participation and adoption.
We're thrilled with the commitments we've received so far. We welcome everyone who wants to join in the coming months, adds Krautbauer. Together, we can move beyond incremental change to create a future where everyone can thrive in education, employment, and connectedness.
Since the 1980s, Digitunity has advanced digital inclusion by connecting donors of technology with organizations serving people in need. Our mission is to ensure everyone who needs a computer has one, along with robust internet connectivity and digital literacy skills.
Onepak bends the traditional linear supply chain into a sustainable circle. ReturnCenter, the company's online carbon-neutral logistics platform, connects shippers, receivers, carriers, and their enterprise management tools on one scalable system. The platform delivers complete visibility into the chain of custody, access to a flexible network of over 400 trained logistics partners covering every U.S. zip code, and numerous tracking and reporting capabilities.
As a demonstration of Onepak's focus on being an authentic ESG-driven company, the company has sustainably executed more than two billion pounds of product returns for a global customer base that features leading organizations like Dell, IBM, United Technologies, Carrier, Diebold, General Motors, Toyota, US Bank and DLL Group.