The COVID-19 pandemic made the back-to-school season anything but routine for parents with school-aged children, and remote learning proved more of a challenge for some. Inequities in internet and technology access existed before the pandemic. But a Truist Cares grant to Community Education Alliance, who worked with Empowering Communities Corp, helped bridge the gap so students could thrive academically, socially and emotionally.
In a school year like no other, Invesco Cares chapters have stepped up with Operation Backpack to help students thrive despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Since August, Invesco Cares chapters across North America have donated a collective $54,000 to 11 schools and nonprofits benefiting local students. Each market received $6,000 to donate to organizations of their choice to support basic technology and school supply needs for children in communities Invesco operates.
Funding to underwrite nonprofit tech costs during COVID-19 pandemic and expand digital transformation efforts to move small nonprofits to the cloud
SAN FRANCISCO, November 12, 2020 /3BL Media/ – TechSoup, the leading nonprofit network provider of technology solutions to civil society organizations globally, today announced that it has received a $2.5 million grant from Truist Financial Corporation to support the TechSoup COVID Recovery Fund, a gap-filling funding measure that helps grassroots nonprofits make critical technology investments while continuing to serve the most vulnerable communities through the coronavirus crisis and into the future.
Since the pandemic hit and millions of us retreated to our homes, the situation has cast a bright spotlight on the problem of ubiquitous broadband. Access to the Internet is now more essential than owning a car for many of us, yet an estimated 40 million in the U.S. currently lack high-speed Internet. Large swaths of rural America – not connected. Underserved urban populations – not connected.
Edison International donates $520,000 to the California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund, including refurbished laptops and cash donations to purchase hot spots for schools in need.
When the pandemic and distance learning first began eight months ago, Clement Middle School Principal Wes Cullen made sure all of his sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who needed Chromebooks and hot spots got them. The effort was part of a larger one led by the Redlands Unified School District
COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of technologies and behaviors, like a distributed workforce, that can be widely beneficial. However, we also have seen significant setbacks, especially for historically marginalized communities, exacerbating existing inequities in our society.
Dana Castro, HP’s Worldwide Education Manager, and Justin van Fleet, Executive Director of GBC-Education, join Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly as we continue our exploration of the digital divide and education equity. We're in the midst of a back-to-school season where many children - over 17 million(!) - can't even participate in the new virtual education environment due to lack of access to computers or sufficient Internet.
The FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has joined a coalition of Detroit’s leading businesses and philanthropic organizations that is investing $23 million in a program to bridge the digital divide for 51,000 Detroit students. The program, called Connected Futures, will place a computer tablet with high-speed LTE internet connectivity, along with technical support, into the hands of every Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) K-12 student.