Camara’s San Jose hub proudly announced this week that it was awarded 501(c)(3) non-profit status in the United States. The certification, which is retroactive to 2012, will allow Camara to issue tax-deductible receipts for all donations of equipment and financial contributions, which will greatly improve our fundraising ability in the USA.
Camara’s quest to receive 501(c) (3) status was a challenge that required both perseverance and patience from our team in the United States. “A great effort was placed on acquiring the certification for Camara, so we are relieved to have finally accomplished our goal” said Blake Burke, Camara US CEO. Cormac Lynch, founder of Camara, also expressed his excitement, “it’s going to help us accomplish great things”.
This new status will help Camara USA to continue to grow as a successful refurbishment and deployment hub, capitalising on the huge potential that lies in Silicon Valley, as the technology capital of the world.
The San Jose hub has been thriving in recent months. Over 860 computers were shipped last month, to Haiti, Jamaica and Ireland. The equipment, which was graciously provided by Workday, QuinStreet, and Jazz Pharmaceuticals, will help to provide approximately 25,000 students with digital literacy and other 21st century skills.
“It’s wonderful that Silicon Valley is able to look beyond its commercial focus to make a real and relatively simple improvement in the social fabric of the world”, remarked Blake Burke. Companies in the Bay Area are not only donating their used equipment, they are also giving up their time. Camara USA hosted its first corporate volunteering day yesterday, where employees of Cisco and Accenture took time out of their day to help out in the refurbishment centre and learn more about Camara’s work.
Camara USA is quickly becoming a crucial resource; almost 300 high quality laptops were sourced in Silicon Valley to be installed in Irish schools and youth centres. This is helping to alleviate the shortage of laptop donations which has been affecting Camara Ireland’s ability to meet demand for their educational technology packages.
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