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Why should you donate to the CDAA? Well, besides the fact that our business structure as a non-profit organization requires us to solicit donations to survive as an organizaton, we here at the CDAA do some good work, and that’s not bragging.

GEORGE LUCAS FOUNDATION BLOG RECOGNIZES CDAA DIGITAL EXCELLENCE COALITION, the national blog of the George Lucas Foundation, recognized the Digital Excellence Coalition and the CDAA for promoting and advancing digital literacy in the Chicago area. Here is the link to that article:


Some years ago, Sascha Meinrath of the New America Foundation described the CDAA as an innovator in advancing the principles of digital excellence:


Since we established ourselves September 6, 2006, we’ve done a lot but we’ve never been more active than we are today. Here are just a few of our current programs:

“Technology In The Hood: Connecting Chicago Neighborhoods Through Digital Excellence”, a five-year effort (2012-2013-2014-2015-2016) to spread the digital excellence gospel to every one of Chicago’s neighborhoods, bringing technology access to neighborhoods and connecting residents with technology resources. The programs listed below are part of the “Technology In The Hood” effort:

CDAA CTC/PCC CTCTechLink Network – Our citywide technical assistance and capacity-building support team that will help community technology centers grow and expand their capacities and service offerings. More information about this program is available at

CDAA CTC/PCC Network – Citywide CTC Group Of 200 CTC/PCCs joining together to revamp and transform the service offerings and mission of CTCs citywide and nationally. Our websites that support the development and expansion of CTC/PCCs include and

CDAA YouthTech Club/Tech Tutors Corps – introducing 700 Chicago youth to technology awareness, internship opportunities and training for technology certification.-

CDAA Cybermentors(sm) – 77 TechInfoReps(sm), one for every Chicago neighborhood, that will be ambassadors of information and resources for each of these neighborhoods.

CDAA Neighborhood Technology Congresses(sm) and Neighborhood Technology Clusters(sm) – The Congresses bring together residents to learn about technology resources and training options in their communities and discuss how neighborhood technology initiatives can benefit and drive community development and job creation.

Chicago Neighborhood Digital Excellence Conference and Technology Fair (DexCon(sm)): We’re taking a break from presenting our popular conference in 2011 so we can integrate all the new programming we are doing, but we’ll be back in May 2012 with a bigger, more expansive conference and technology fair.


So you didn’t know we were doing all the things I listed above? I guess not. But now that you know, that’s why you should donate NOW to support the work the Chicago Digital Access Alliance is doing and will continue to do. We’ve set up a donation box at Here it is:


I know this may be the worst time of the year to ask for donations but it’s also the time of the year when most people and organizations finalize their donations for the year. We’re looking for 100 individuals or companies to each donate $1,000.00 to help us reach our goal of $100,000 in donations by June 30, 2012.

Your donation(s) for 2011 and 2012 will be tax deductible and will help us:

  1. Pay some overdue organizational bills
  2. Locate and furnish a new office space
  3. Deliver technology resources (hardware and software) to underserved Chicago neighborhood residents

Want more information about the CDAA and why you should donate? Call me at 312-970-0249. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Let us share with you the CDAA story and how you can be part of writing the next chapter.

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