2010 08 10 News Release
Adult Life Training, Inc. has received a grant from the Verizon Foundation to upgrade teaching equipment in their computer lab. The $6,000 grant will be used to purchase two large screen monitors so that students can follow along with the instructor. The room has multiple uses for computer classes and the Fort Wayne / Allen County, Indiana community.
We ordered the two 55″ screens today. They should arrive and be installed next week.
Few of the problems Public Charities must overcome to serve their community are as frequent or imposing as financial resource limitations. While a very few megacomglomerate “charities” may exist with fantastic executive compensation and benefits, most social agencies have never received a grant big enough to operate with even pitiful wages. Yet they go on, noble and seemingly undaunted, to stand in the gap between where our society is today and where it should be. One of the organizations which has made our struggle so much easier is the Tech Soup organization.
Tech Soup has over 41 donor partners, such as Microsoft and Adobe corporations, which donate their product line for redistribution to recognized 501(c)(3) organizations. Tech Soup charges a nominal “administrative fee” based upon a small percentage of the market value to support themselves.
Because of Tech Soup, we can update our computer software to Microsoft Windows 7 for eight dollars ($8.00) per seat, and get Microsoft Office 2010 for $31 per seat. You read that right. Eight dollars is much easier for us to find than $230! QuickBooks, Symantic, and Adobe software are similarly available.
There is an enrollment process involved to verify your tax exempt status and organization type, but it only takes a week or so. I recommend that you browse their web site at http://www.techsoup.org to see the kind of items available to you, and then if you wish to participate click the purple box in the upper right corner for details on how to register to receive Tech Soup stock.
Consistent with our quest to secure some grant funding, our web site has been further updated with organizational information. The information is not complete yet by any means, but it is more complete than it was two days ago.
I will continue to add information as I get time.
Sorry folks, but I wanted you to know as soon as I knew.
We heard from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne today. They have too many grant requests to consider our request for funds Readmore..
The persistent issue of poverty continues for more than one reason, and as such single vector solutions are ineffective. For persons to come out of the poverty class and enter the middle class requires not only financial resources and/or training in job skills, but a change from poverty class cultural thinking to middle class cultural thinking. As such, for any solution to actually work, one-on-one mentoring is requisite. Readmore..