Industry leaders at XChange 2016 urged to join philanthropic effort
San Antonio, Texas – More than 75 organizations have received donations from the Channel Chief Giving Circle, a philanthropic effort led by technology industry leaders and CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the technology industry.
As of mid-August, 95 senior executives from technology product vendors, distributors, solution providers, industry associations and other organizations have signed on to the Channel Chief Giving Circle, which is committed to donating $200,000 this year to worthy charities.
CompTIA President and CEO Todd Thibodeaux shared an update on the Channel Chief Giving Circle in remarks Tuesday at XChange 2016, a gathering of the IT channel’s premiere solution providers and technology vendors.
“Thank you for leading by example, inspiring change and helping ensure those less fortunate or in need of assistance can look to our industry for a helping hand,” Thibodeaux said. “The breadth and variety of charities we have supported is amazing and is only growing day by day.”
“It is an honor to participate in this incredible giving program,” said Nick Heddy, vice president of sales for Pax8, a leading value-added cloud distributor based in Lone Tree, Colo.
“Giving back to the community is an important part of our culture at Pax8,” Heddy continued. “Through this opportunity with CompTIA, we are excited to contribute to the American Cancer Society. We want to thank CompTIA for their leadership, and we look forward to the impact this program will have on communities throughout the country.”
Each member the Channel Chief Giving Circle is eligible to select a charity to receive a donation of $1,000.
Organizations selected so far include groups committed to helping children, including the STAR House Foundation (selected by Frank Vitagliano of Dell); Byte Night (Dave Sobel, LogicNow); iUrban Teen (Aaron Woods, Xerox); the Federation of Galaxy Explorers (Earl Madison, Lockheed Martin); and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (Jeff Davis, D&H Distributing).
Several schools have also been recipients of donations, including Shaker High School in Latham, N.Y. (Len Dicostanzo, Autotask); Central Middle School in Stoneham, Mass. (Scott Barlow, Sophos); the Daraja Academy in Kenya (Larry Disenhoff, Cadence Design Systems); West Philadelphia High School in Pennsylvania (Carmen Sorice III, Sungard Availability Services); Westlake High School in Austin, Texas (Jon Peterson, Amazon); and the Robotics Club at Mountlake Terrace High School in Washington (Gavriella Schuster, Microsoft).
For a complete list of charities receiving donations from the Channel Chief Giving Circle, and their benefactors, visit https://www.comptia.org/about-us/channel-chief-giving-circle.
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