Letter of Inquiry

This topic will be used to share updates on any letters of inquiry sent out by the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation.

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BETF and BDPA Middle Tennessee chapter joined together to submit a letter of inquiry to Gerry Helper, president of the Nashville Predators Foundation, in support of the SITES program.

Established in September 1998, the Predators Foundation strives to meet the educational, social, health and cultural needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. All 501(c)3 organizations in Middle Tennessee are eligible to receive grants, which are distributed once a year. Annual grant applications are solicited by mid-February for consideration.

Since its 1998 inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in financial grants to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations. Between the grants and other charitable donations, such as player ticket programs and fund-raising efforts, the Foundation put more than $---600,000 back into the community during the 2008-09 season. Upon reviewing hundreds of grant applications, and in keeping consistent with the Foundation's mission, the grant committee selected programs that will primarily benefit children. Of 104 total charities, 64 were Nashville-based and 40 were first-time recipients of Predators Foundation grants.

It is likely that all professional sports teams have similar programs. Have you looked to see if such a program exists in your chapter city? This would be a wonderful reward for your hard-working students in the SITES program.
BETF and the National BDPA Vice President (Member Services) submitted a joint letter of inquiry to Fluor Foundation on behalf of the BDPA IT Corps program.

We expect a response from Fluor Foundation by the end of next month.
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) partnered with BDPA Charlotte chapter to submit a letter of inquiry to the Knight Foundation. We asked them to fund $5,000 for the chapter's annual Student IT Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

As a national foundation with local roots, the Knight Foundation seeks opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. They believe nothing big happens without a big idea, nothing new without a new idea. In every project they fund, the idea comes first. Here are five basics components they will be looking for in our idea:

  1. Discovery of the facts.
  2. The vision to see what's possible.
  3. The courage to push for change.
  4. The know-how to get it done.
  5. The tenacity that gets results.

We have been told that the review of our letter of inquiry should be complete by mid-January 2010. We will keep you informed on our progress.
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) partnered with BDPA Bay Area chapter to submit a letter of inquiry to the Charles Lafitte Foundation. We asked for permission to submit a full grant proposal in the amount of $5,000 to support the Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) program in northern California.

The mission of the Charles Lafitte Foundation is to provide for and support inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to lead healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. To fulfill this mission, the Foundation acts as grantmaker, innovator and volunteer for four main programs: Education, Children's Advocacy, Medical Research & Issues, and The Arts.

Please wish us luck in our continuing efforts to provide funding to support the SITES program around the nation. In fact, you can support us with your own secure online donation if you think we are doing good works!
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation ( BETF ) partnered with BDPA Bay Area chapter on a letter of inquiry to the Franklin and Charles Johnson Foundation. We asked for permission to submit a $2,500 grant proposal for their funding consideration.

Tarah Evans is the executive director of the Johnson Foundation. Our request was forwarded to her via LinkedIn Network. She responded,
"I am happy to review some information about the program, but want to let you know that we do not accept unsolicited proposals. We are a very small family foundation, and do the majority of our grant-making in the local (East Palo Alto) area. But saying that, I am happy to read an executive summary of the program and look into whether or not it might be a fit for us."
We are hopeful that our Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in northern California will be a fit for them! For that matter, we hope that our SITES program is a fit for you ... please consider making a secure online donation in support of our SITES Endowment Fund .
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Chicago chapter member Curtis Cade partnered an effort to obtain funding to support the chapter's annual education banq uet. BETF submitted a letter of inquiry to the IBM community affairs leadership in Chicago under the company's IBM Community Grant program.

IBM volunteers must be working with an eligible community service organization for an average of eight hours per month for five consecutive months to be eligible for either a cash or equipment grant.

"Our new Community Grants program strengthens IBM On Demand Community by leveraging the full strength of IBM innovation and technology," said Stanley S. Litow, vice president of IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. "We fully expect that the volunteer efforts of our employees, combined with IBM Community Grants, has the potential to make a lasting impact on organizations that provide some of society's most important services."
We anticipate that we'll have an answer for our Chicago-based funding request in the very near future. However, you don't have to wait. If you believe in what BETF or BDPA Chicago chapter are doing then you are encouraged to make a secure online donation right away!
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation ( BETF ) submitted an online letter of inquiry to the Starbucks Foundation. The Starbucks Foundation will contact us if they want us to request a full grant proposal for our nationwide Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

The Starbucks Foundation solicits applications from organizations that provide young people a continuum of services in developing creative approaches to address pressing concerns in their communities.

Successful grant applicants will exhibit all of the following qualities:
  1. Deliver services to youth, ages 6 - 24; Preference will be given to organizations that focus on young people in the age range of 12 and older, when they are able to take independent action
  2. Provides opportunity to combine learning with action that support communities and further global citizenship
  3. Deliver services, disseminate information, provide training or build broad networks
  4. Provide opportunities for Starbucks partners and multiple stores to be engaged in community service.
The Starbucks Foundation reviews the submissions on an annual basis; letters of inquiry submitted between October 1, 2009 and January 30, 2010 will be reviewed and considered for the spring 2010 grant round. Organizations selected to advance in the process will be notified to complete a full application by February 15, 2010.

We will keep you informed of our progress.

In the meantime, we would be very interested to hear from you about other funding sources that might help us deliver the SITES program on a local or national level. Any ideas?
BDPA Los Angeles chapter partnered with BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) to submit a letter of inquiry to Amgen Foundation. We asked for permission to submit a full-blown grant proposal in support of the LA chapter's Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve quality of care and access for patients, and support resources that create sound communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The Amgen Foundation carefully considers each grant application it receives, seeking out diverse organizations whose philosophies, objectives and approaches align with the Foundation goals and mission.
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Baton Rouge sent a 2-page letter of inquiry to the IBM corporate citizenship manager in their Eastern Region. Our submission was in accordance with IBM guidelines.

IBM has been a leader in corporate social responsibility for nearly 100 years, contributing technology, talent and cash to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions around the world. Their activities are designed to help people to become smarter, and to develop future leaders capable of improving the quality of life for themselves and their communities — making for a smarter planet.

We are hopeful that IBM will smile favorably on our inquiry. Do we have any BDPA supporters working at IBM?
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) partnered with National BDPA to submit a letter of inquiry to BAE Systems. We seek permission from them to submit a full-blown grant proposal in support of the BDPA IT Showcase and High School Computer Competition (HSCC) programs.

BAE Systems gives priority consideration will be given to national-level programs or local activities with an established presence in a BAE SYSTEMS community. We are hopeful that they will smile favorably on our letter of inquiry.

Do you know anyone that works for BAE Systems?

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