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INSIDE From the Executive Director & Board Chair


Advancing STEM Education

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2012 Impac t

Equipment Donors

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2012 Funders

Incentive Programs

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2012 Re c ycling by the N umb er s

Staf f & B oard

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New Certifications

2012 Financials

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Workforce Development

MN Schools Served

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Fr o m t h e

Executive Director

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In 2012, MCFS saw a lot of growth. New ideas, new technologies, new partnerships, new certifications, even a new brand. Early in the year we began the process of obtaining our R2 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications. We worked hard all year to expand our workforce development program into Washington Technology Magnet School, which launched in January 2013. And in December we developed a new logo and began working on a new website.

Steve Bartholet, Board Chair

We continue to look for new ways to bridge the technology divide in Minnesota. Over the years, we’ve seen how being open to new approaches can pay off. We know this will be the key to making progress each year. Because of your dedication to our mission to provide technology access for lifelong learning, we were able to provide access to 289,798 students in 2012. We look forward to continuing to work together in the years to come to help close the gap between those who have access to technology and those who do not.

Tamara Gillard, Executive Director


• 116 schools and 15 nonprofits served; 11 new school customers and 7 new school districts.



• 4,024 computers placed in schools; 289,728 students were given increased access to computers. • 20 children with special needs and 3 Special Needs Programs were provided technology.

• 101 inmates at Stillwater Correctional Facility learned transferable, on-the-job technology skills. • 57 students received computer recycling and refurbishing skills through the MCFS workforce training project at Guadalupe Alternative Programs.

• 244,601 pounds of computer waste was recycled and not put into landfills. • Over 4,100 computer units were refurbished instead of being destroyed. 4

• 75 corporations and government departments donated computers, including 10 new business donors.



FUNDERS The Charities Review Council empowers the public to make informed decisions about their charitable giving. In 2012, MCFS was reviewed by the Charities Review Council and is proud to have met its Accountability Standards.

Alliance Steel Service Co.

MN High Tech Association

Best Buy Children’s Foundation

ACE Alumni

Boyum & Barenscheer

MN Pollution Control Agency

Bremer Bank

MTS Systems Corporation

C.H. Robinson Foundation

Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly

Donaldson Foundation

Pentair Foundation

Ecolab Foundation

Qwest Foundation

Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen

Saint Paul Public Schools


Scared Panda

F.R. Bigelow Foundation

Sierra Bravo Corporation

Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen

The Nerdery


The Saint Paul Foundation

J. Murphy & Associates

Thomson Reuters

Jim Gleason

Travelers Foundation

March Family Foundation

Velocity Tech

Mardag Foundation

Walmart Foundation

Medtronic Foundation

Woodbury Sam’s Club

Terry Carlson Lorrie Bates Gary Jones Jade Warren Gary Urban Lori Peterson Mike Linnemann Deb Johnson Karen Black Gregg Dorazio Doug Swenson Dave Scheffler Eric Vercauteren Steve Willems Steve Bartholet Alison Link Andrew Rotering Mary Thirsten Tamara Gillard Cheryl Andersen Rebecca Baumann Kaitlin Olson Mary Linnemann Jennifer Cantine Keith Lynch Julie Murphy Liz Dwinnell Gyles Fohl Neal Lewis Robert Hoke Patsy Bartley Anne Tarantino Jason Johnson Kari Johnson







MCFS has a no landfill policy. Any equipment that cannot be refurbished is recycled. We’ve always been committed to environmentally friendly practices and now we have the certifications to prove it. After nearly a year of hard work MCFS obtained its R2 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications, ensuring equipment donors that we are a trusted partner for secure information destruction and recycling end-of-life electronics. R2 requires recyclers to assure that toxic material streams are managed safely and responsibly by downstream vendors, all the way to final disposition and prohibits them from exporting these toxic materials to certain countries. ISO 14001:2004 reassures donors, customers and supporters that we provide an environmentally friendly service and we invest in the resources necessary to ensure a more sustainable future.



DEVELOPMENT It’s nearly impossible to secure employment without basic computer skills. Unfortunately, disadvantaged youth typically don’t have access to reliable technology and the need is greater than ever to help Minnesota youth develop the right skills to build capabilities and confidence that will open the doors to employment. MCFS works with schools to advance employment and training opportunities. At Guadalupe Alternative Programs, young adults who are working on earning their GEDs are also taught computer literacy skills along with computer recycling and refurbishing training. At the end of the program, which is led by MCFS trainer Katie Medd, students earn their Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) and graduate with skills that will lead to a career that provides them with a livable wage and self-sufficiency. At Washington Technology Magnet School, MCFS trainer Mike Kingbird works with students in grades 7-11 as a part of their extended day program. Students have excelled in the IC3 program and are provided hands-on skill building in recycling and refurbishing. When students complete the IC3 certification program, they are eligible to earn a laptop. “MCFS addresses the need for students to develop skills rather than only academic knowledge. A lot of our students don’t go to college - they enter the workforce right after graduation. MCFS gives them a direction and employable skills and experience that they can put on their resume.” – Katie Medd, Guadalupe Alternative Programs “The program has been well received by students at Washington Technology Magnet school – they’ve been very engaged and have shown a lot of interest in learning about the inner workings of computers. 88 percent of students passed the computer basics course and 94 percent went on to pass the recycling program.” – Mike Kingbird, Washington Technology Magnet School 8



STEM EDUCATION All students deserve the chance to learn important and challenging science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in order to be productive in their personal and professional lives. The future quality of employees in Minnesota companies will be closely linked to the level STEM education provided to Minnesota’s students. Unfortunately, the pipeline of students entering STEM fields doesn’t meet the demand for new scientists and engineers. Each year MCFS helps equip Minnesota schools with the technology needed to raise the level of STEM education and energize the future workforce.

Computers for Classrooms To advance STEM education in Minnesota, MCFS partners with the Minnesota High Tech Association ACE Leadership Alumni each year to award a Computers for Classrooms grant to provide computers to a


STEM classroom in need. In 2012, four classrooms were each awarded six computers.

Atomsmith Chemistry Simulation Labs Each year MCFS provides two schools with computers equipped with Atomsmith® software to bring science concepts to life. These chemistry simulation labs enable teachers to make their instruction more clear, powerful and engaging, helping students’ comprehension and retention of the subject.

99% of STEM school graduates enroll in college within one year of high school.

Economic forecasts project a 20 – 33% increase in science and technical occupations in Minnesota in the next 10 years.

2012 Equipment


“Donating equipment to Minnesota Computers for Schools fits into everything we stand for as a company. But also, at its heart, it is the ideal community project because it’s very no-nonsense and straightforward. MCFS allows us to maximize the value of our equipment and deciding to partner with them was a very common sense, smart and easy business decision.”

– Michael Newman, Vice President, Travelers Foundation Anderson Heating Augsburg College Axis Medical Center Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Brendel and Zinn, Ltd. City Academy High School City of Bloomington City of Rosemount Consolidated Lumber Corporation District Labor Council EdVisions High School Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Highway Administration - Dept. of Transportation Flower Shop General Dynamics Information Systems Girl Scouts Great River Energy Hennepin County Mayo Technology Center MediMedia Medtronic Midwest Special Services Milestone AV Technologies

Minnesota Department of Health Minnesota National Guard National Marrow Donor Program Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly Pace Analytical Services, Inc. Portable Sanitation Services Pride Institute RBA Rice Memorial Hospital Sálo Schwing Bioset, Inc. STAR Services, Inc. State of Minnesota Surplus The Rottlund Company, Inc. Thomson Reuters Total Networx Inc. Travelers Trinity Lutheran Church United States Secret Service USDA/ITS Vision-Ease Willard Network Technologies, LLC



PROGRAMS Today, a cce s s to reliable te chnology is crucial for success in school. Teachers require students to type papers, do research online and turn in homework via email. Unfortunately, thousands of at-risk students in Minnesota don’t have access to technology, presenting yet another barrier to success. This leads them to disconnect and disengage from school. We’re grateful for the opportunity to help some of these students get reliable access in the classroom and at home. We work with schools throughout the state to develop incentive-based programs that reward students for positive behavior in the classroom – including regular attendance, increased engagement and participation. The reward: a laptop from MCFS.


“Laptops exponentially increase students’ ability to complete homework outside of school, correspond with employers , universities, friends and teachers via modern communication methods, and become literate with 21st century technology.” – Paul Creager, Gordon Parks High School

• Farnsworth Aerospace 40 percent of students at Farnsworth Aerospace don’t have access to computers at home – making it difficult for them to hone their typing skills and learn how to use basic programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel. One teacher at Farnsworth encouraged his students to learn these important skills by providing an opportunity to earn a free laptop from MCFS. • Humboldt High School At Humboldt High School, students are given an assessment in the fall and spring to measure students’ strengths and weakness to allow teachers to tailor instruction to best meet their needs. Students who show exceptional growth and improvement in their reading and math skills receive a free laptop, donated by MCFS.

“Ecolab has been a proud supporter of MCFS since 2006. Through the partnership, Ecolab is able to give back to the community in a way that aligns with the company’s values. From providing technology and skills building to students in Minnesota to helping MCFS advance its recycling and refurbishing processes.”  - Kris Taylor, Vice President, Ecolab Foundation

“The key to success in keyboarding is time on task. Students who invest the time and effort in learning these skills are rewarded with a lifetime skill. The ability to be hired and earn a paycheck is much more important than earning a free laptop.” – Gregg Adler, Farnsworth Aerospace

To learn more about these projects, visit

Staff &


Board of Directors Steve Bartholet Chair

Staff Karen Black Steve Dess

Eric Vercauteren Vice Chair

Gregg Dorazio

Doug Swenson Treasurer

Deborah Johnson

Mary Mehsikomer Secretary

Mike Linnemann Dave Scheffler

Tamara Gillard Executive Director

Jim Christiansen Regional Sales Manager

Neal Lewis Director of Operations

Jim Thirsten Inventory Manager

Brian Beaupre Production and Tech Support Manager

Tom Tieman Production Manager

Chris Dopkins Business Manager

Dave Kanipes Intake Mananger

Debra Sevelius Steve Willems


D e sig n r a p h ic

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Summary of

Fundraising & Grants



General & Administrative 7.09%

Program Expenses 72.98%




Financials Product Sales Cash Contributions Scrap Interest Uncategorized Income

$765,845 $204,473 $122,926 $967 $127,129



Staff Components Inmate Wages Transportation Marketing & Travel Rent

$528,903 $180,377 $26,418 $13,648 $29,861 $10,085



The above revenue and expense tables are a summary. The MCFS audited financials and IRS Form 990 for 2012 are available on our website at If you would like to request the financial records be sent to you, please contact MCFS at 651.779.2816.


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MCFS 2012 Annual Report