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Giving Back to School Gets Personal

Posted by Tech Data Corporate Communications on Oct 8, 2020 3:54:07 PM

This August, Tech Data colleagues participated in our first-ever Giving … Back to School initiative with the goal of tackling digital equity and distance learning in our local communities. Not only did our colleagues vote to decide the allocation of funds to nonprofits leading in this space, but they also assembled their own fundraising teams that competed for matching dollars from Tech Data.

 These teams, based out of [home] office locations across the U.S, had three weeks to gather donations for the nonprofits of their choosing and vie for top fundraising honors.

Tech Data committed $50,000 to the Team Challenge, granting the top teams first access to matching dollars (up to $10,000 each) until the funds were fully allocated.

Our colleagues raised over $33,000 between 10 teams in this first-ever Team Challenge! And honoring our $50,000 commitment to these hard-working colleagues, Tech Data was able to match funds raised by each team by nearly 150%! At the end of the Giving … Back to School Team Challenge—between our colleagues and corporate matching—Tech Data’s total impact to the above organizations was $83,716.

We are pleased to announce the full results here!


Nonprofit: PACE Center for Girls
Team: Elevate (Business Resource Group, part of Tech Data’s Diversity and Inclusion program)
Captain: Raquel Acuna, Marketing Strategist (Community Chair of Elevate)
Total Raised: $10,200


About PACE Center for Girls: PACE began as a community response to the realization that girls involved with the justice system were either being placed in programs designed for boys or placed further into the system for their own protection. There were no effective alternatives. Started by Vicki Burke and guided by the research-based recommendations which called for gender-responsive programming, PACE created a new alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for girls.

PACE is now recognized as a national model for reducing recidivism and improving school success, employment and self-sufficiency among girls by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Children's Defense Fund, National Mental Health Association, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


Nonprofit: Children’s Home Society of Florida
Team: TD Agency and Endpoint Solutions
Captain: Danielle Post, Director, Reseller Marketing
Total Raised: $6,818.61


About Children’s Home Society (CHS): At CHS, we are reimagining the future of foster care. We’re creating a world where children are safer — where they don’t enter foster care in the first place. We’re addressing the root causes that lead to dangerous situations … and we’re implementing one-of-a-kind solutions that will change the future for children, families and communities. Together, we do good.

By partnering with parents, providing more services before crises happen, and meeting children and families where its most convenient and comfortable for them, we know we can help build strong families, keep families together, and prepare kids and teens to achieve success.


Nonprofit: Girls, Inc. of Pinellas
Team: Cisco Product Marketing
Captain: Dana Reina, Sr. Manager, Vendor Business
Total Raised: $5,350

Girls Inc

About Girls Inc. of Pinellas: Girls Inc. was founded in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War. Across the decades, we adapted to meet the specific environmental challenges facing girls and young women, always working in partnership with schools and communities, and guided by our founders’ fundamental belief in the inherent potential of each girl. Woven into those early girls’ clubs are the same core values of Girls Inc. today: The importance of creating a safe gathering place for girls to learn and to share in a sisterhood; and a strong premise that each girl can develop her own capacities, self-confidence, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Our Mission:   To inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold
Our Vision:      Empowered girls and an equitable society


Nonprofit: Los Gatos Education Foundation
Team: Global Computing Components
Captain: Matt Fondiller, Sr. Manager, Product Marketing
Total raised: $1,650


About Los Gatos Education Foundation (LGEF): LGEF started collecting donations in 1983 in response to California’s state budget crisis that threatened sudden cuts in teaching staff. Since its founding, LGEF has contributed over $10 million to Los Gatos schools.​

Today, LGEF is a volunteer-run, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises private funds through our annual giving campaigns to support the students of Los Gatos Union School District. LGEF raises essential funds that ensure the children of Los Gatos Union school district receive high-quality programs and resources vital to their education.

Los Gatos schools receive less per student from the state and federal government than other similar schools. LGEF helps “fill the gap” by funding teachers and staff that help educate the whole child. 

Nonprofit: Me & You
Team: Public Sector
Captain: Liz Mogrovejo, Project Coordinator
Total raised: $5,130


About Me & You: As a startup 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we work to advocate for students and those without a home in the D.C. metro region. We partner with schools in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to provide students with the necessary items and services for a well-rounded life. We currently partner with five schools and are in the process of expanding. Most of our students come from low-income families, some are homeless and live in temporary housing. We work with teachers and administrative staff at the schools to determine need, and from there we provide support. We’ve provided school supplies, backpacks, clothes, school uniforms, as well as toiletries for their families to take home

In 2018, we launched our experiences program, which focuses on giving experiences, rather than things, to kids. For many of the families we support, taking their kids to a sporting event, an art gallery or a concert are beyond their financial means. We hope that by providing them

these opportunities, it gives them a richer experience growing up, and as a result, opens their eyes to the possibilities that could be. Our past programs have included professional basketball games where students are able to watch the players warm-up on the court, in-door rock climbing and trauma informed yoga.

Nonprofit: AVID at Sickles High School
Team: Logistics
Captain: Angela Waldhelm, Logistics Transportation Coordinator
Total raised: $2,350


About AVID at Sickles High School: AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is not just another program; at its heart, AVID is a philosophy: When we hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, they will rise to the challenge.

AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary and higher education. Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices to prepare students for success in high school, college and their careers – especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID acts as a catalyst for schools to develop a culture of college readiness for all students across their campuses.

Nonprofit: Salvation Army Kroc Community Center
Team: South Bend Logistics Center
Captain: Tamara Pond, Manager, Logistics
Total raised: $415


About The South Bend Kroc Center: The Kroc Center provides a safe and accessible environment that enriches the lives of everyone in our community by providing opportunities for holistic individual success.

The 110,000-square-foot South Bend Kroc Center redefines what a community center is all about. This unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts and supportive programs to deliver a world class experience. The programs, as well as the building itself, have been designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit, to provide hope, and to transform the life of each and every member of the community.

Nonprofit: Code.org
Team: Cloud Gives Back
Captain: Stacy Nethercoat, Senior Vice President, Cloud
Total raised: $1,012


About Code.org®: Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core K-12 education. The leading provider of K-12 computer science curriculum in the largest school districts in the United States, Code.org also created the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged more than 15 percent of all students in the world.

Nonprofit: CASA
Team: Corporate Communications
Captain: Jill Kermes, Corporate Vice President, Corporate Communications
Total raised: $990


About CASA: Founded in 1977, CASA is the official 501(c)(3) domestic violence center based in southern Pinellas County, Florida.

We operate the area’s 24-hour hotline and emergency shelter; non-residential programs, such as support groups, economic empowerment and legal advocacy; Child Protective Investigative Team support; community and corporate training; and the CASA Peacemakers anti-bullying and healthy relationship school curriculum.

Our mission: Challenging the societal acceptance of all forms of domestic violence, CASA stands up to silence through advocacy, prevention, intervention, and support services.

Our vision: A world free from domestic violence.

And a special shoutout to…

Nonprofit: Countryside High School’s eSports Team
Team: Intel Product Team
Captain: Kyle Alvarez, Sr. Product Manager

In conjunction with our Giving… Back to School initiative, Kyle and his team worked with our partners at Intel to coordinate over $10,000 in donated Intel products to the Computer Science program and esports team at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Florida. To read more about the growth of esports teams and scholarships, click here.


About Countryside High School's ISTEM: The ISTEM (Institute for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program at Countryside High School offers two tracks:

the technological and the scholar track.

 The technological track is a career/college preparatory program that provides students with the skills needed in the IT field. Students choose to focus on one of four strands while in the program: Computer Systems and Information Technology (CSIT), Game and Simulation,

Web Design, or Digital Design. All of the strands have the opportunity to earn multiple industry certifications.

 The scholar track provides students rigorous, college preparatory academic opportunities across all academic subjects while providing an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students for postsecondary education and careers at the forefront of research, innovation, and technology while also allowing the opportunity to earn college credits and industry certifications. Students have opportunities to study and apply emerging technologies in real-world scenarios while focusing on one of three fields of study: Cybersecurity, Biotechnology, or Engineering Technology.

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