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Human-I-T:  A Giving Back to School Spotlight

Posted by Tech Data Corporate Communications on Sep 25, 2020 1:58:59 PM

When Tech Data launched its Giving … Back to School initiative in August, the response we received was overwhelming. The work our nonprofit partners continue to do for our communities is nothing short of awe-inspiring, so we decided to shine the spotlight on a few of the incredible organizations that earned the votes of our colleagues this summer. But don’t take our word for it — get to know them in their own words.



Who We are and What We Believe 

In 2012, our co-founder James Jack was working at an electronics store when he overheard a conversation that would change the course of his life. He witnessed a manager advise a customer to throw away a virus-infected computer and purchase a new one. He knew the computer — teeming with toxic and hazardous materials — could be reused, rather than disposed of. Alongside his colleague Gabe, James envisioned human-I-T as a platform to refurbish and reallocate unwanted devices into the homes of Americans who needed access to technology. Subsequently, human-I-T was born and today we stand as one of the nation’s top not-for-profit tech refurbishers, having diverted over 5.6 million pounds of electronics from the waste stream to date. We work tirelessly to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, race, income, or any other factor, has the tools and skills needed to participate in today’s digital landscape. 


human-I-T was founded to confront two problems: 1) the ever-growing stream of electronic waste, or e-waste, and 2) the achievement gap that is created due to the inaccessibility of technology for low income folks. Our co-founders, James and Gabe, brought together these two problems to create a single solution. They built a platform to take in excess technology, repurpose it, and donate it back to underserved communities. The objective is straightforward: less e-waste, more digitally connected citizens. For more information on what we do and who we help, please check out our video below! You can also visit our website, linked here.


How Tech Data and “Giving .. Back to School” has Helped  

In comparison to the 7,541 devices we distributed to low income households last year, we have connected 18,854 households to a computer, along with free technical support, warranty coverage and internet sign-up assistance services in the first seven months of 2020 alone. There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a drastic rise in demand for technological support and internet access. With the help from Tech Data, we can continue providing our digital inclusion services to low income communities across the country — from students to seniors and everyone in between. Here are some examples of what this funding empowers us to make happen: 

  • $100 - Provides a household with a refurbished laptop, complete with 1 year of warranty and tech support 
  • $100 - Connects a household with a personal mobile hot spot so they can access the internet wherever they may be  
  • $50 - Equips a household with a fully refurbished desktop computer 
  • $25 - Allows a household to receive a high-speed internet connection for 1 month 


Our Success Stories  

Although 2020 has been a year of fear and uncertainty, we’re so glad to bring a smile to a few faces...

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This blog was contributed by Tech Data's Corporate Communications team.


Tags: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Giving Back, CSR, Human IT, Giving Back to School