MN Computers for Schools

2015/2016
Annual Report

Thank you for your Support

At Minnesota Computers for Schools, our mission is to provide technology access and skills training to individuals in need. In the past year, our programing expanded, our team grew and our supporters helped us grow our programs more than ever before.

Thanks to every single person who supported our mission this past year. It is because of your shared dedication to make sure every student has a fair shot at success that we were able to reach more students than ever before.

Tamara Gillard

Tamara Gillard

Executive Director

Tamara Gillard
Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson

Board Chair

Deborah Johnson

TOGETHER, WE MADE HUGE STRIDES IN CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP.

5,467

computers placed in 75 schools and 25 nonprofits

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Challenges

17% digital gap

Digital Gap

17% of households in Minnesota don’t have reliable technology at home.

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ACHIEVEMENT GAP

As a result of the lack of technology in the home, many students fall behind in school and don’t develop the digital literacy skills needed for success in the future.

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EMPLOYMENT GAP

STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers are on the rise – projected to increase nearly 15% by 2020. Students without access to and training in technology will miss out on these opportunities and could be at risk of remaining in a cycle of poverty.

Solutions

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Provide Technology Access

Since MCFS was created in 1997, we have placed 82,539 computers in schools and nonprofits throughout the state.

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TRAINING IN THE COMMUNITY

Through our CORE I.T. program, we train individuals in need with digital literacy and in-demand technology skills. In total, we have trained 573 individuals.

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INTERNSHIPS & JOB PLACEMENT

After students complete training, we help them put their skills to use and take the next step towards earning stable employment. 48 students have completed internships and eight students have secured jobs in the technology field.

Our Impact

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5,476

computers placed

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197,136

students served

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245

students trained

  • In the Community
  • On the environment

43 internships coordinated, totalling more than 2,765 hours of on-the-job work experience.

79 Offenders hired at Stillwater Correctional Facility and taught transferable, on-the-job technology skills

187,306 Pounds of computer waste recycled from 65 businesses and organizations.

WE COORDINATED EIGHT WEEKS OF SUMMER CAMP IN NORTH MINNEAPOLIS.

Youth explored coding, squishy circuits, computer recycling, Minecraft, computer art and entrepreneurship.

WE BEGAN TEACHING GAME CODING AND DESIGN TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT HUMBOLDT HIGH SCHOOL, AND AT THE EMERGE ECTC AND CEDAR RIVERSIDE PLAZA TRAINING SITES.

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we OPENED A TRAINING CENTER AT CEDAR RIVERSIDE PLAZA TO TEACH CISCO IT ESSENTIALS, CompTIA A+, DIGITAL LITERACY, GAME CODING AND WEB DESIGN.

Since the site opened in January 2016, 89 students have participated in our classes at this training site.

WE BEGAN TEACHING CISCO IT ESSENTIALS AT STILLWATER CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

Our first eight offenders are working on completing their certificate and will be eligible for an entry level IT job upon release

AT OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION, GUESTS FUNDED COMPUTERS FOR 103 STUDENTS WHO DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A RELIABLE COMPUTER AT HOME.

WE BEGAN OFFERING COMPTIA A+ CERTIFICATION COURSES TO ALLOW STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED CISCO IT ESSENTIALS TO CONTINUE TO HONE THEIR SKILLS AND GAIN ANOTHER INDUSTRY-RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATE.

WE WERE RECOGNIZED AS THE CTEP PARTNER OF THE YEAR AND PROUDLY ASSISTED WITH IMPORTANT PROGRAMS SUCH AS DIGITAL STORYTELLING, DIGIDAZE, TECHY GIRLS AND DIGITAL INCLUSION FOR DEAF COMMUNITIES.

Supporters

THIS YEAR, 25 VOLUNTEERS DONATED MORE THAN
405 HOURS OF SERVICe in our community

That is more than 16 hours per person!

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74 EQUIPMENT DONORS DONATED MORE THAN 7,000 COMPUTERS THAT WERE PUT TO GOOD USE IN THE COMMUNITY.

That is about 95 computers per donor!

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FUNDERS DONATED MORE THAN $300,000, WHICH HELPED
US ADD NEW CURRICULUM, NEW INSTRUCTORS AND TWO NEW
CORE I.T. TRAINING SITES.

  • Aerospace Welding, Inc.
  • Allianz Life
  • Apprize Technology
  • Avtex
  • "Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • CentraCare
  • CentraCare- Monticello
  • Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  • City of Blaine
  • City of Bloomington
  • City of Woodbury
  • City of Wyoming
  • Conestaga Rovers & Associates
  • GHD
  • Consolidated Lumber
  • Cray Inc.
  • Direct Sources
  • DTZ
  • Ecolab/Nalco
  • Edvisions High School
  • Emmons Olivier Resources
  • Evantage Consulting
  • Face to Face Health and Counseling
  • Service, Inc.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Highway DOT
  • "GAF Materials Corporation
  • 50 Lowry Avenue North
  • General Dynamics Information
  • Systems
  • Girl Scouts
  • Great River Energy
  • Hennepin County
  • ICON
  • Improving Enterprises
  • James Kroesch & Associates
  • Lake Elmo Bank
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Macro Group
  • MCF-Shakopee
  • MCF-Stillwater
  • Metro Machine
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Metropolitan Council (Plant)
  • Midwest Dairy
  • Midwest Special Services
  • Milestone AV
  • Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • Minnesota Board of Psychology
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
  • Minnesota Management & Budget
  • Minnesota National Guard
  • MN Department of Corrections
  • MN IT/DOL
  • New Ulm Telecom
  • Nonprofits Assistance Fund
  • North Sky Capital
  • Opportunity Services Inc.
  • Pace Analytical
  • Perkins Capital Management
  • Pine River Capital Management
  • Progress Valley
  • Randall Berger Consulting
  • Rice Memorial Hospital
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • Social Security Administration
  • St. Charles Bormeo School
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • State of Minnesota Surplus
  • Stillwater Area High School
  • Stillwater School District
  • Travelers Foundation
  • United States Secret Service
  • Uponor
  • USDA/ITS
  • Accenture
  • Advance IT Minnesota
  • Musalimah and Bahe Aledean
  • Jacob Alt
  • Elmer & Eleanor Andersen
  • Foundation
  • Ted and Jeri Angelo
  • Avtex
  • Deb Bahr-Helgen
  • Lena Balk
  • Tim Barrett
  • Patricia Berger
  • Best Buy Foundation
  • Karen Black
  • BNSF
  • Becky Boland
  • Boyum & Barenscheer
  • Richard and Sharon Braden
  • Bremer Bank
  • Darcy and Mike Dahnert
  • Michael and Whitney Davy
  • Corey Donovan
  • Gregg Dorazio
  • Duddingston Sylvester Group
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • Russell Fraenkel
  • Jack Frangipane
  • Fred & Katherine Andersen
  • Foundation
  • Steven and Tamara Gillard
  • Vinoth Gopalakrishnan
  • Garret and Kristyne Grev
  • Jeff Halbur
  • Dean and Marla Haley
  • Dave and Pat Hamilton
  • JoAnn Hannon
  • James and Jennifer Heddle
  • Claire Hoyum
  • J Murphy & Associates
  • Ernest and Deborah Johnson
  • Mike Kingbird
  • Mike Klein
  • Doug Knowlton
  • Gwen Krogh-Zent
  • Land O’Lakes
  • Neal and Peggy Lewis
  • Bill Linder-Scholer
  • John and Mary Linnemann
  • Nick and Bridget Liverca
  • Anna Lovegren
  • Erick Maki
  • March Family Foundation
  • Mark Davy & Associates
  • Clint and Katie McMahon
  • Barbara Mednick
  • Belinda Meier
  • Minnesota High Tech Association
  • Cheryl Moeller
  • Morgan Family Foundation
  • MTS
  • Brian and Joanne Mullen
  • Craig and Julie Murphy
  • Mike Newman
  • Katie Nixdorf
  • Jamice Obianyo
  • Jim and Kay Olson
  • Otto Bremer Foundation
  • Nancy Price
  • Katelyn Regenscheid
  • Richard M. Schulze Family
  • Foundation
  • Paul Schulz and Katie Fitzpatrick
  • Debra and Randy Sevelius
  • Teresa Spaeth
  • St. Croix Lions Club
  • STEM Fuse
  • Cheryl Swanson
  • Doug Swenson
  • TCF Eden Prairie
  • Travelers Foundation
  • Paige Vinall
  • Cary Weatherby
  • Velocity Tech
  • Erin Wait
  • Archie & Bertha Walker
  • Sue Wallace
  • Cary Weatherby
  • Lisa, Davy and Andy Weigman
  • Wells Fargo Foundation of
  • Minnesota
  • Da Lee Yang
  • Paul and Kristin Young

Our Team

MNCFS Staff

OUR TEAM HAS CHANGED OVER THE PAST YEAR.

Most notably, we welcomed four new members to the MCFS team.

DES CULPITT

DES CULPITT

Workforce Development
Manager

MIKE KINGBIRD

MIKE KINGBIRD

Production & Online Sales
Associate

LEE YANG

LEE YANG

Production & Tech
Support Manager

LA VANG

LA VANG

Business Manager

CORE I.T INSTRUCTORS

SCOTT McGILLICUDDY

EMERGE Career and
Technology Center

EVAN DAVIS

Cedar Riverside Plaza
AmeriCorps Member

HNOU VANG

Cedar Riverside Plaza and
Humboldt High School

Board of
Directors

MCFS IS OVERSEEN BY A TALENTED,
DEDICATED BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

LEAH ANDERSON

Land O’Lakes


KAREN BLACK

Insight Edge


RICHARD BRADEN

Honeywell


VINOTH GOPALAKRISHNAN

Independent Consultant

MARLA HALEY

Ecolab


DEBORAH JOHNSON

Board Chair
D J Consulting, L.L.C.


DEBRA SEVELIUS

Code42


PAIGE VINALL

Allianz

ERICK MAKI

Vice Chair
Bremer Bank


DOUG SWENSON

Lutheran Social Services

ERIN WAIT

Treasurer
Travelers

VALORIE KLEMZ

Interfaith Outreach &
Community Partners

Numbers

Playing Games on computers
80%

$1,431,693

Program Services

14%

$247,759

General & Administrative

6%

$108,733

Fundraising

TOTAL REVENUES, SUPPORT & OTHER INCOME

$1,764,641

+ $341,205

Contributions & Grants

+ $477,201

Contributed Services & use of facilities

+ $945,715

Computer Sales

+ $520

Interest Income

TOTAL REVENUES, SUPPORT AND OTHER INCOME

$1,764,641

- $1,431,693

Program Services

- $247,759

General & Administrative

- $108,733

Fundraising & Grant Solicitation

TOTAL EXPENSES

$1,788,185

NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR

$660,432

NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR

$636,888

INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS (23,544)

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