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t r a n s f o r m a t i o n s MINNESOTA COMPUTERS FOR SCHOOLS ANNUAL REPORT 2010


Minnesota Computers for Schools transforms technology into student success by upgrading and customizing viable, donated computers from companies that enable K-12 schools to provide engaging, relevant 21st century learning experiences for students.


Transformations “Transformations� captures the real impact our work has throughout Minnesota. We help to transform classrooms and the lives of students through access to technology; we are transforming the job readiness of inmates by providing them with employment skills; we are transforming business recycling practices by providing businesses a useful way to donate their replaced, but usable, computers; and Minnesota Computers for Schools positively transforms the environment by recycling hundreds of thousands of pounds of equipment and keeping technology waste out of landfills. Minnesota Computers for Schools is proud of the excellent work accomplished by our organization in 2010, and we are enthusiastic about the changes, challenges and opportunities which await us in the future. In 2010 our organization’s impact was great. 295,000 students were given access and 3,429 computers were placed in schools because of our work. Minnesota Computers for Schools served 121 schools statewide, including the addition of 15 new school customers and 9 new school districts. Minnesota Computers for Schools engaged 77 inmates at the Stillwater Correctional Facility who were provided an opportunity for employment by learning valuable and transferable skills. And, our environmental impact is something to be proud of. Last year 257,677 pounds of computer waste was recycled and over 3,400 computer units were refurbished rather than destroyed. Our work would not be possible without technology donors, individual contributors and our funding partners at foundations, nonprofits and government agencies. We thank our current partners and continue to welcome new parties who are interested in furthering the Minnesota Computers for Schools mission of improving student success by transforming donated computer technology into greater educational opportunity for K-12 students in Minnesota.

Sincerely,

Tamara Gillard Executive Director

Steven Willems Chair


2010 by the Numbers REVENUE Product Sales .............................................................$606,200.00 Cash Contributions.....................................................$135,700.00 Interest............................................................................$1,070.00 Scrap.............................................................................$64,100.00 EXPENSES Staff.............................................................................$526,000.00 Components.................................................................$80,400.00 Inmate Wages...............................................................$32,300.00 Transportation...............................................................$23,000.00 Marketing and Travel....................................................$22,100.00 Rent..............................................................................$10,000.00

2010 SERVICE STATISTICS Education 121 schools served; 15 new school customers and 9 new Districts 3,429 computers placed in schools 295,000 students were given access to computers 20 Special Kids and 2 Special Education Departments were provided with cost-effective computer solutions Restorative Justice 77 inmates at Stillwater Correctional Facility employed, learning transferable skills Environmental Impact 257,677 pounds of computer waste was recycled and not put into landfills Over 3,400 computer units were refurbished instead of being destroyed; 41 corporations and government departments donated computers, including 12 new business donors


Pilot Program Minnesota Computers for Schools piloted its recycling and refurbishing training program to at-risk youth at the Guadalupe Alternative Program School (GAP). This program serves students who have not been successful in traditional school settings. The goal is to train students on computer refurbishing skills, using the Microsoft ®-certified refurbishing program that has been successfully implemented at the Stillwater Correctional Facility. Twenty-four students between the ages of 17 and 21 worked on MCFS’ computer recycling program under the supervision of a GAP instructor. Students dismantle non-useful computers and sort components by material type to be recycled. Students rotate to different stations to learn the complete spectrum of activities: troubleshooting, maintaining, updating,20and 1 0 repairing H I GH LI GH TS PCs, and Microsoft Office Suite® programs and system testing.


STEM Education Initiatives Minnesota Computers for Schools provides high school science teachers with computers, software and training for interactive science education. Minnesota Computers for Schools’ refurbished computers come with a three-year warranty and Atomsmith® software – a unique interactive science program that brings molecular science concepts to life. Atomsmith allows students to see the shapes and behaviors of molecules and to interact with them, shedding light on topics such as atomic structure, chemical bonding, gas laws and phases of matter. Atomsmith chemistry simulation labs enable teachers to make their instruction more clear, powerful and engaging, thereby improving students’ comprehension and retention of the subject. Minnesota Computers for Schools furthers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning by supporting FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics and Lego League teams with laptops required to run FIRST-supplied software programs. Minnesota Computers for Schools is also launching “Computers to Classrooms” in partnership with the Minnesota High Tech Association to award grant dollars and needed technology to a STEM educator who demonstrates innovation and leadership in RUBBER/STEEL RODS IRON FERRITE BATTERIES the classroom. SCREWS COPPER TRANSFORMERS

ALUMINUM MOTORS HARD DRIVES CD & FLOPPY DRIVES STRETCH WRAP CRTs

LOW GRADE BOARDS

RECYCLING BY THE NUMBERS 257,677 LBS

HIGH GRADE BOARDS

PLASTIC WIRES

METAL

Recycling In Mind Minnesota Computers for Schools turns potential waste into educational opportunity. Many businesses want to donate their used computer equipment to schools, but schools are ill-equipped to accept these donations. Schools do not have the resources or staff to scrub hard drives, handle hazardous waste, upgrade components, install and test new operating systems, and recycle unusable materials. Direct donations also come without a warranty or any tech support. Minnesota Computers for Schools acts as a value-added intermediary to assure secure and safe handling of used equipment. The result is high-quality, low-cost, warranted technology for schools and educational nonprofits.


EQUIPMENT DONORS

Advision All Saints Catholic Church Allen Business Enterprises Atwater Cosmos Grove City Public Schools Augsburg College Beacon Computer Best Prep Blue Cross/Blue Shield Bluffview Montessori School City of Bloomington City of Rosemount City of Woodbury Community School of Excellence Concordia Creative Learning Academy Consolidated Lumber Enova Medical Technologies Enquar, Inc. Face to Face Health and Counseling Service, Inc. Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Highway DOT First Impressions Forest Lake ISD 831 General Dynamics Information Systems Girl Scouts GNW Machine Inc. Great River Energy Harbor City International School Hennepin County Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center Herman-Norcross Community School District Holy Trinity High School In Touch, Inc. Industrial Equities James Kroesch & Associates Jubilee Christian School Learning for Leadership Charter School Marshall School Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic School Metro School for the Deaf Milestone AV Minnesota Children’s Museum Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Minnesota High Tech Association Minnesota Public Radio Minnesota Recovery Connection Minnesota Department of Corrections MTS Systems Corporation National Guard Neighborhood House Odyssey Academy Ortonville Public School District Pace Analytical ReyHan Corporation Rice Memorial Hospital Salem Lutheran Church/School Scales Advertising Sherlocks South St. Paul Schools St. Alphonsus Parish School St. Bernard's Catholic School St. Charles Bormeo School

St. Charles Public School St. Mary's Jr./Sr. High School St. Odilia St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce St. Paul City School St. Peter Claver The Cultural Wellness Center Three Rivers Park District TNT Computers Transfiguration Catholic School Travelers Foundation United States Department of Labor United States Secret Service Urban Academy Charter School United States Department of Agriculture/ITS Vertebral Technologies Voyageurs Expeditionary High School Wells Fargo White Bear Glass White Bear Township Willard Network Technologies, LLC

CONTRIBUTORS

3M Foundation Bonnie Vagaskky Boyum & Barenscheer LLP Bremer Bank Brian Landwehr CH Robinson Worldwide Foundation CSI-Slather Dave Scheffler David Doherty Ecolab Foundation EMC Corporation First Evangelical Lutheran Church Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen Foundation James Afdahl Jane Shallow Janette Walcer Jill Kolling J.K. Gleason John DuVal Kate Andrews Kate Richards Kathy Saltzman Kim Meek Kimberly Sebesta Linda Doherty Mary Mehsikomer Medtronic Foundation Melinda Brobeck Minnesota High Tech Association Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly LLP Phoenix Service Corporation Qwest Rita Albert Scott Moen Scott Peterson Steve Dess Travelers Uline Valerie Trudeau Velma Kimsal


STAFF Tamara Gillard, Executive Director Brian Beaupre, Production & Tech Support Manager/Webmaster Jim Christiansen, Sales and Marketing Manager Chris Dopkins, Business Manager Dave Kanipes, Intake Manager Jim Thirsten, Inventory Manager Tom Tieman, Production Manager Gary Urban, Director of Operations and Customer Service

Board of Directors Steven Willems, Chair Steven Bartholet, Vice Chair Dave Scheffler, Secretary Kate Andrews, Treasurer Directors Steve Dess

Bruce Lindberg Barbara K. Mednick Kim Meek Mary Mehsikomer Scott Moen Tracy Morgan Kate Richards Eric Vercauteren

Any discrepancies in this report are unintentional and should be reported to Minnesota Computers for Schools for correction in future reports. Minnesota Computers for Schools wants to emphasize that all gifts to the organization, large or small, are vitally important and deeply appreciated.

p l e a s e c o n s i d e r D O N AT I N G For more information, please contact: Minnesota Computers for Schools 651.779.2816

Visit us at www.mncfs.org

Minnesota Computers for Schools 2010 Annual Report  

Snapshot of accomplishments and financial reports from 2010.

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