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CompTIA Brings Out the Fun in Fundraising to Help the Disadvantaged Get IT Training

Free Training & Certification from CompTIA Educational Foundation Put Jobless into IT Careers

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., November 29, 2010 - Highlighting creativity and resourcefulness, six staff teams at CompTIA fundraised to bring in more than $14,000 combined for the CompTIA Educational Foundation.

CompTIA will match that total, giving $28,000 to the foundation so that it can offer free IT training and certification to military personnel and spouses, youth at-risk and individuals with disabilities.

"In our fundraising contest, a single donation was limited to $500 so the teams truly had to hustle," said Charles Eaton, executive director of the CompTIA Educational Foundation. "From auctions and raffles to financial lessons and betting pools, we saw incredible creativity and energy put into this effort."

The top team hosted a "squares football pool" for the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game, a Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament and a raffle for an Apple Macbook Air. The second-place team held a silent online auction with more than 60 items for CompTIA staff.

All contest activities benefited the CompTIA Educational Foundation which has trained more than 800 people in need already this year. The foundation is partnering with a number of new organizations to ramp up those training numbers for 2011.

Cash and in-kind donations are accepted year-round. Do it by December 31, and you even get a tax write-off. Individuals and organizations can donate online at

About the CompTIA Educational Foundation
The CompTIA Educational Foundation provides career opportunities for individuals who historically have been under-represented in the IT workforce. With the support of individuals, industry leaders, companies and the government, the Foundation creates programs aimed at helping U.S. veterans, at-risk youth, women, minorities, dislocated workers, and individuals with disabilities to obtain the technical and business skills employers require. Since its creation in 1998, the Foundation has helped more than 1,000 individuals enter the IT workforce, helping the industry alleviate its shortage of skilled workers. For more information or to make a donation to the CompTIA Educational Foundation, visit