We’re on a mission to provide
computer access and skills to every
student in Minnesota.

Tamara Gillard

Tamara Gillard

Executive Director

Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson

Board Chair

In 2014/2015 we made huge strides towards accomplishing this goal. We placed more computers and laptops in schools and nonprofits across Minnesota than ever before. We expanded our training programs. We thought strategically about how to help even more students in the years to come.

This year we placed our 75,000th computer since our founding in 1997 – a huge milestone that we were able to accomplish because of your support. It was a good year and we are ready to meet challenges that face us as we continue to close the digital divide in Minnesota.

This annual report serves as a big thank you to you – our supporters, funders and donors. Your generosity and dedication to this important cause make our work possible.

YEAR AT A GLANCE

In 2014 we placed more than 6,419 computers in 135 schools and educational nonprofits in Minnesota. We developed a successful internship program and expanded our workforce development training to North Minneapolis. And we recycled 261,614 pounds of computer waste.

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STUDENTS SERVED IN 2014

6,419
COMPUTERS PLACED


117
STUDENTS TRAINED


345,600
STUDENTS SERVED

Stories

COMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOM

To celebrate our 75,000th computer placement we gave away a computer lab to one teacher who needed equipment to build a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. Kiel Koehler, an Industrial Arts teacher at Houston High School submitted an application and told us about his plans to transform the outdated Industrial Arts program at the school to a Career and Technical Education program.

I want students to be exposed to real world, relevant skills that will help them find jobs or give them an edge in higher education. It is through career and technical programs that students begin to stir creativity through purposeful project-based learning.

At our annual celebration, Beyond Possibilities, we were thrilled to present him with a computer lab. In the first three months that the lab was in place Kiel led his students through a LEGO® Robotics class.

Having access to the lab made a big difference in student engagement – they actively engaged in the lessons and stayed busy programing and re-programming their robots. Next year I will be starting a new course with the lab, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, which the students are very excited about.

– KIEL KOEHLER

Kiel

COMPUTERS IN THE Home

Thousands of students in Minnesota don’t have access to a computer at home and rely on public libraries with a one-hour time limit and crowded school labs to complete their homework. Many of these students don’t learn the digital literacy skills needed to succeed in today’s education system and workforce.

At our 2015 annual celebration, Beyond Possibilities, we gave guests the opportunity to fund a personal laptop for students who go without. Thanks to our generous guests, every single student who submitted an application for the program received a laptop. 39 students received a laptop – a crucial tool for success in school.

I would like to thank you very much for the laptop. It will help me so much throughout my journey to college. I will also be able to turn in more of my schoolwork on time, since most of it now has to be turned in online. I have a 10-month-old son and being able to balance school and taking care of him gets even harder with no quick access to my school work online. With this laptop I will be able to manage my responsibilities better.

– KATHERINE S.

Katherine

TRAINING IN THE COMMUNITY

In 2014 we laid the groundwork to expand our workforce development program to North Minneapolis. In early 2015 we launched the program, which guides young adults through Cisco® IT Essentials, a curriculum that provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to secure a job in in the technology field.

Throughout each class session I acquired much more knowledge and hands-on skills that I would have ever thought I could learn in a couple weeks. After completing this class it has made me feel so much more confident in my abilities to perform any technical work related to computers and mobile phones. Not only has the class taught me the necessary skills but it also helped me land a job in the IT field.

– CHAO VANG

Chao

INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS

Students who complete the workforce development program are given the opportunity to apply, interview for and hold a technology-related internship during the school year.

19 INTERNS
488 HOURS OF ON-THE-JOB EXPERIENCE
6 PLACED IN TECHNOLOGY-RELATED JOBS

The internship really helped me with my resume. Not only that, it helped me get a job. Yesterday I had a job interview with the Avis Budget manager and they offered me the job. I start in a few days.

– CHO LOR

Internships

Jobs

Training is at the heart of our organization. One big reason we were able to recycle more than 260,000 pounds of computer waste and refurbish more than 6,400 computers in 2014 was due to our inmate workforce at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater. At any given time, we employ up to 40 offenders and teach them employable skills so they can earn a livable wage and make better choices upon their release.

One former offender worker has turned his life around in huge ways. This year he received his A.S. degree in computer forensics and serves on the board of directors for two organizations where he advocates for ex-offenders who are pursuing their education.

I thank you for being available for the men of MCF-Stillwater to have an opportunity to gain real life skills that are transferable upon release and an outlet for giving back and paying forward.

Jobs

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IN 2014

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The importance of data security and responsible manufacturing is a foundation of MCFS. We follow rigorous standards set by groups such as the Department of Defense, HIPAA, NIAP and Microsoft to ensure the equipment we handle meets or exceeds the latest industry best practices. These policies and processes are audited each year, resulting in the following certifications:

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We are also registered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and licensed by Washington County’s Department of Public Health and Environment to operate a Hazardous Waste Facility in the State of Minnesota.

SUPPORTERS

Our supporters donate online and mail checks. They fund our training programs in the community. They fund computers and laptops for students in need. They volunteer at events and they donate equipment.

MCFS could not be successful without them.

  • Advance IT Minnesota
  • Archie D. & Bertha H. Walker Foundation Avtex
  • Tim Barrett
  • Steve & Catherine Bartholet
  • Best Buy Foundation
  • Karen Black
  • BNSF
  • Boyum & Barenscheer
  • Richard & Sharon Braden
  • Bremer Bank
  • Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation
  • Ted Capistrant
  • Charles Schwab
  • Mike & Darcy Dahnert
  • Donaldson Foundation
  • Gregg Dorazio
  • Deb DuBois
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • Christine Farrell
  • Dan & Hillary Feder
  • Anne Finch
  • Russell Fraenkel
  • Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation Tamara Gillard
  • Ruth Godfrey
  • Goodrich Foundation
  • Bridget Gothberg
  • Marla Haley
  • Dave & Pat Hamilton
  • JoAnn Hannon
  • Nancy Huart
  • Aaron Hurst & Katie McGinnity-Hurst
  • J Murphy & Associates
  • Deb Johnson
  • Jack Katzmark
  • Michael Klein
  • Bruce Lindberg
  • John & Mary Linnemann
  • Michael Linnemann
  • Anna Lovegren
  • Margaret Lovejoy
  • Erick Maki
  • Mark Davy & Associates Mardag Foundation March Foundation
  • Clint & Katie McMahon Medtronic
  • MINNCOR Industries
  • Minnesota High Tech Association
  • Minnesota High Tech Association Ace Alumni James & Cheryl Moeller
  • Dawn Morningstar
  • MTS Systems Corporation
  • Craig & Julie Murphy
  • Melissa Musliner
  • Katie Nixdorf
  • Pam Opland
  • Bev Ordahl
  • Otto Bremer Foundation
  • Pentair Foundation
  • Jennifer Ridgeway
  • Robins Kaplan
  • Tony Sanneh
  • Dave Scheffler
  • Kara Schommer
  • Paul Schulz & Katie Fitzpatrick
  • Schulze Family Foundation
  • Jason Seifert
  • Catherine Settanni
  • Deb Sevelius
  • St. Cloud Lions Club
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Sara Sternberger
  • Cheryl Swanson
  • TCF Eden Prairie
  • TCF Southdale
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Travelers Foundation
  • Gary Urban
  • Velocity Technology Solutions
  • Eric Vercauteren
  • Paige Vinall
  • Erin Wait
  • Cary Weatherby
  • Academia Cesar Chavez Charter School Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, Inc.
  • All Saints Catholic Church
  • Apprize Technology, Inc. Atwater-Comos-Grove City School District Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Bongards
  • CentraCare Health
  • City of Bloomington
  • City of Stillwater
  • Clearwater Family and Sedation Dentistry Consolidated Lumber
  • Cyber Village Academy
  • Dakota County Technical College Deborah Johnson
  • Discovery Charter School
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • EdVisions Off Campus
  • Evantage Consulting
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • First Evangelical Lutheran School Forest Lake Area School District Freedom Valu Centers
  • GAF Materials Corporation
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Girl Scouts
  • Great Lakes Coating & Laminating Great River Energy
  • Guadalupe Alternative Programs Health Dimensions Group
  • Hennepin County
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center High Tech Kids
  • Hillary Feder
  • HOPE Community Academy
  • ICON
  • Ideal Tool & Machine Co.
  • Innovative Special Education Services James Kroesch & Associates Inc.
  • J Murphy & Associates
  • Jubilee Christian School
  • Learning for Leadership Charter School Lockton Companies
  • Mark Davy & Associates
  • Mayo Technology Center
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Micron Metalworks
  • Milestone AV Technologies
  • Minnesota Department of Health Minnesota Judicial Center
  • Office of the Legislative Auditor Minnesota National Guard
  • Minnesota State Board of Investment Minnesota Department of Corrections Minnesota Society of CPAs
  • Motion Tech Automation Nalco Company
  • New Heights Charter School NU-Telecom
  • Nicolas Kaster
  • Opportunity Services Inc.
  • Pace Analytical Services, Inc.
  • Pine River Capital Management
  • Phoenix Service Corporation
  • Progress Valley
  • Randal Berger Consulting, LLC
  • Rebel Ink
  • Rice Memorial Hospital
  • RiteWay Manufacturing, Inc.
  • River’s Edge Academy
  • Rush City
  • Saint Ambrose of Woodbury Catholic School Saint Anne’s School
  • SC Johnson
  • Scales Advertising
  • St. Casimir’s School
  • St. Croix County
  • St. Jerome Catholic School
  • St. John’s Area School
  • St. Mary’s Catholic School
  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • STAR Services
  • STARBASE Minnesota
  • State of Minnesota Surplus Services StayWell
  • Stillwater Area Public Schools
  • Stride Academy
  • The Sanneh Foundation
  • Total Networx
  • Transfiguration Catholic School
  • Travelers Foundation
  • Triton Public Schools
  • United States Secret Service
  • USDA/ITS
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Our Team

Our team consists of talented, passionate people who are proud to make a difference in the lives of students in Minnesota.

Board Members

Board of Directors

MCFS is overseen by a talented, dedicated board of directors. Our board governs major decisions through strategic planning and offers input and guidance for organizational decisions.
  • DEBORAH JOHNSON

    Chair

  • ERICK MAKI

    Vice Chair

  • GREGG DORAZIO

    Secretary

  • ERIN WAIT

    Treasurer

KAREN BLACK, RICHARD BRADEN, MARLA HALEY, DEBRA SEVELIUS, DOUG SWENSON, PAIGE VINALL

FINANCIALS

Finacials
$1,819,496

Total Revenues,
Support and
Other Income


$1,128,035.80 Computer Sales
$487,896.74 Contributed Services and Use of Facilities
$203,001.27 Contributions
$562.00 Interest Income

78.74%
Program
14.80%
General and
Administrative
6.46%
Fundraising

Assets

Total Revenues, Support and Other Income $1,819496
Total Expenses $1,712,061
Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets $107,434
Net Assets, Beginning of Year $552,998
Net Assets, End of Year $660,432

Functional Expense Allocation

Computer Components and Equipment $216,503
Insurance $7,422
Board of Directors $1,641
Marketing-Main $11,896
Marketing-Fundraiser $29,851
Marketing-Grant Writing $59,120
Miscellaneous $7,384
Office Supplies $2,333
Postage $1,381
Printing & Reproduction $1,037
Professional Fees/Contract Services $146,698
Rent and Building Expense $149,434
Small Tool & Equipment Expense $12,049
Salaries, Wages, Payroll Taxes and Benefits $975,779
Repair and Maintenance $3,675
Transportation $26,526
Travel, Meals and Entertainment $17,685
Salvage Disposal $3,642
Depreciation $13,653
Warranty Expense $24,348
Total Expense Allocation $1,712,057

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THE YEAR AHEAD

In the coming year we will deliver more technology and more services to more people throughout the state of Minnesota.

We will extend our reach in regions where we already operate, and expand to new regions in need.

We are looking forward to meeting these challenges head on. Your continued support and dedication makes the difference and we hope you’ll join us once again as we continue to close the digital divide in Minnesota.

Minnesota Computers for Schools works collaboratively with schools and educationally focused community organizations to provide technology solutions and skills training to individuals in need.