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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Dallas chapter worked together to submit a grant proposal to the FIS Charitable Contributions Committee. Our proposal seeks funding for the chapter's Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program and for a web banner on the national BDPA website.

One of the positive forces in our favor is employee involvement. FIS values employee involvement in worthy causes such as BDPA. Johnny Wilson works for FIS ... and he serves as the VP-Member Services for BDPA Dallas chapter!

We hope to learn the fate of our grant proposal in the near future. Wish us luck!

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is pleased to announce that FIS Foundation approved our grant request for $1,000 to support the BDPA programs and services hosted by our BDPA Dallas chapter.

FIS Foundation award letter read as follows:

Dear BDPA Education and Technology Foundation,

We want to thank you for the opportunity to be part of your great cause. We know that our contribution will go to good use in your efforts.

Thank you for all you do and good luck.

Warm regards,
Mike Hayford, Chief Financial Officer
FIS Foundation

BETF wants to thank FIS employee Johnny Wilson for being our corporate champion on this grant request. These funds will support Dallas area high school students Bridget Mfitumukiza, Gilbert Mfitumukiza, Kayla Roberts, Kiera Robinson and Stella Thang who will be competing in the 2011 National BDPA High School Computer Competition Championship next month. Good luck Dallas!
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) collaborated with BDPA Atlanta chapter (president, Derrick Brown) on a $5,000 grant proposal submitted to the FIS Charitable Foundation. The proposal was submitted to the Atlanta-based chair of the 'Charitable Contributions Committee' in accordance with the FIS Charitable Giving Guidelines. It is worth noting that the local charitable contributions committees co-located with our BDPA chapters in Birmingham, Milwaukee, Orlando, Philadelphia or Tampa Bay might be open to funding proposals as well.

Mike Williams
Our case in Atlanta is stronger because of the fact we have great employee involvement. A senior member of the FIS executive team, Mike Williams , has been involved in BDPA for many years and became active with the BDPA Atlanta chapter in 2007. Mike has regularly served as an adviser to local chapter board members and as a panelist or speaker at BDPA events. In addition to donating his time and talent to BDPA, Mike has been a frequent donor to BDPA initiatives and programs because of his belief in the organization’s mission.

Our grant proposal focused on the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Atlanta. The objective of our SITES program in Atlanta is to effectively use technology to stimulate and sustain the interest of young people in science and technology.

One of the focus areas for the FIS Charitable Foundation is Education :
"Preparing the children of our communities for the demands of today’s and tomorrow’s workplace is a key area of focus."
Our SITES program is perfectly in synch with this focus area. SITES works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to provide them with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills development needed to be productive, engaged members of our future workforce.

BETF will continue to aggressively seek out funding to support BDPA programs, scholarships and services hosted by our 46 local chapters. Contact the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

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