As a company rooted in technology, Fidelity believes that tech and digital skills are a gateway to opportunity for many of today's students.
Kramden Institute is a North Carolina-based nonprofit whose mission is to "provide technology, tools, and training to bridge the digital divide." The group partners with organizations across the state to refurbish old computers and award them to students and families without a home computer.
Fidelity is a strong believer in the importance of Kramden Insitute's unique mission and vision and has partnered with the organization since 2007. This year, Fidelity sponsored a Geek-A-Thon where Kramden and 180 Fidelity volunteers worked together, at Fidelity offices, to refurbish 240 computers and award them to kids.
"Kramden is one of the most effective nonprofit partners in fully leveraging the skills and talents of corporate volunteers for the benefit of the community, students, and their families," says Leslie Walden, vice president at Fidelity.
Fidelity also funded the creation of an app for Kramden's 7,000 corporate volunteers to learn about volunteer opportunities and upcoming classes.