DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To develop IT education and services among populations in need, CompTIA's member communities and councils have donated more than $400,000 since 2013 to technology-related charities through CompTIA's philanthropic arm, the Creating IT Futures Foundation. Military and women-focused charities with technology programs received 40 percent ($160,000) of those donations.
Contributions made by CompTIA's member communities and councils are part of an annual effort at CompTIA and Creating IT Futures to support local communities and improve education and career options for individuals in need. Creating IT Futures designates $10,000 for each CompTIA community and council to give to their own chosen charities each year.
"CompTIA members are committed to not just making the tech industry better but bettering their local communities through technology," said Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations, CompTIA. "Our 14 member communities and councils each research and vote on the philanthropic causes they want to support. Charities that benefit military families and women are particularly of interest to our members."
Last year, CompTIA communities and councils gave $140,000 to 21 different charities:
Autism Speaks – chosen by the Canadian IT Business Community
Cell Phones for Soldiers – chosen by the Mobility Community
Computers for Youth – chosen by the Telecom Advisory Council
Cristina Foundation – chosen by the IT Services & Support Community
Dove Fund – chosen by the Cloud Community
Folds of Honor – chosen by the Telecom Advisory Council
Girl Develop IT – chosen by the IT Services & Support Community
Hire Heroes USA – chosen by the Future Leaders Community
Homes for Our Troops – chosen by the Mobility Community
Hoover Elementary – chosen by the Managed Print Services Community
Humanitarian Toolbox – chosen by the Future Leaders Community
Kids Help Phone – chosen by the Canadian IT Business Community
Lake Area Tech Institute – chosen by the Managed Print Services Community
Npower – chosen by the Partner Advisory Council
Power My Learning – chosen by the IT Security Community
San Diego Women's Hackathon – chosen by the Vendor Advisory Council
TechGirlz – chosen by the Partner Advisory Council, Vendor Advisory Council and Advancing Women in IT Community
Teen Tech – chosen by the UK Channel Community
Wounded Warriors Project – chosen by the Cloud Community and the Managed Services Community
Year Up – chosen by the Advancing Women in IT Community
Young ICT Explorers – chosen by the Australian/New Zealand IT Channel Community
"Over the past three years while building our own philanthropic programs to put future workers into IT careers, we've supported 49 charities chosen by CompTIA member communities and councils," said Charles Eaton, CEO, Creating IT Futures Foundation. "This year, the CompTIA communities and councils will again choose several tech-related charities for more than $140,000 in donations."
More information about CompTIA's member communities and councils and their activities can be found at https://www.comptia.org/communities.
SOURCE Creating IT Futures Foundation