British tech charities win IT company grant

AbilityNet and TeenTech receive funding from CompTIA’s 2018 funding round.

James Hayes | 20th Jul 18
Image of US dollars. The UK's AbilityNet and TeenTech will receive funding from IT industry body CompTIA's 2018 financial awards for technology-related charities.

Two British charities are among the 19 technology-related charities chosen by CompTIA’s philanthropic arm to share in its $190,000 2018 funding awards.

As part of US IT company CompTIA’s philanthropic programme CompTIA Giving, the company’s member communities and councils support local communities and improve education and career options for people in need. CompTIA’s member communities and councils have chosen to give a total of $190,000 in donations for 2018, awarding $10,000 to their chosen charities each year.

Grant winner AbilityNet provides paid-for and free services that help disabled people in the UK succeed at work, at home, and in education. TeenTech helps teenagers in the UK see the wide range of career possibilities in science, engineering, and technology.

CompTIA divides its philanthropic efforts along three main lines: CompTIA Giving which gives funds and staff time to tech-related charities; NextUp, a campaign to introduce tech careers to teenagers; and Creating IT Futures, which researches and develops workforce development and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programmes to build pathways to IT careers.

“For the past six years, while building our own social innovation programs to put future workers into tech careers, we have also supported more than 70 charities chosen by CompTIA member communities and councils with $920,000 in donations,” said Charles Eaton, Executive Vice President/Social Innovation at CompTIA. “This body has committed to annually donate at least 5% of its revenues to philanthropy and social innovation, a total commitment of some $3 m.”

“CompTIA’s members bond together in an open environment to build the tech future and the workforce that our industry needs,” added Meredith Caram, Assistant Vice President, Channel Marketing, AT&T Business, and a representative of CompTIA’s Community Executive Board. “Each of these charities chosen by our member communities and councils shows how technology solves local and global challenges, and boosts the dreams and capabilities of the individuals they serve.”