CDW is a leading provider of technology products for business, government, education and health care organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Founded in 1984 as Computer Discount Warehouse, the company offers over 100,000 information technology products for sale, including desktop computers, printers, servers, storage devices, networking equipment, software and accessories from more than 1,000 brands, including big names like Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. For 2017, the company reported sales of nearly $15 billion and employed about 8,800 workers worldwide.
CDW’s charitable giving is directed primarily to nonprofit organizations that are located and/or operating in a community where it has business operations. The company provides a combination of cash grants and employee volunteers, with most of its giving devoted to the following focus areas:
- Children’s well-being. The company supports various groups and programs that serve children’s well-being, with priority areas including:
- Providing conditions for children to learn and develop.
- Fostering a positive view of themselves and an identity that is respected.
- Having enough of the basic human necessities like food and clothing.
- Promoting positive relationships with family and friends.
- Having a safe and suitable home environment and local community.
- Having an opportunity to take part in positive activities to thrive.
- Education and literacy. CDW supports schools and organizations focusing on improving K–12 student academic achievement with a heavy focus in the area of science, technology, engineering and math. It also supports literacy programs with an eye toward ensuring more potential job candidates who know how to use reading, writing, listening and viewing, speaking and presenting, and critical thinking skills to benefit the business.
- Health and human services. The company strives to improve the quality and access to affordable health care through support of innovative and technology-based programs.
- Military veterans. The company honors veterans, wounded warriors, active-duty service members and their families by providing technology and support to help military and their families while deployed and after they return home.
Some of the programs and organizations CDW supports include:
- The Center for Enriched Living. The CEL enhances and enriches the lives of people with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism and Fragile X syndrome.
- The Greater Chicago Food Depository. This is one of the largest nonprofit food distribution centers in the United States, feeding more than 310,000 hungry children and adults annually.
- Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Every July, CDW’s employees embark on a monthlong grassroots fundraising campaign called the CDW Fun Drive for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
- Operation Homefront. The company supports this group, which provides emergency assistance and morale to U.S. troops, the families they leave behind and wounded warriors when they return home.
- YWCA TechGYRLS. CDW supports this program designed to reduce the widening gender gap and increase exposure to and interest in technology for girls, ages 9–14. Designed to broaden girls’ knowledge of and interest in math, science and technology, the program helps girls gain confidence using technology tools in whatever profession they pursue.
CDW supports its employees’ efforts to give back to their communities by offering one paid Community Service Day off per year. Some examples of groups and projects supported by employee volunteers include:
- Habitat for Humanity. Hundreds of CDW employees volunteer each year to help support this group’s goal of providing adequate housing for those who need it.
- The American Cancer Society. Each year, CDW and its employees participate in the Relay for Life event to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs.
- Chicago Cares. CDW employees volunteer in the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon to transform schools into beautiful, energetic places to help create a better environment for children to learn and grow.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters. CDW provides financial support to this organization, while numerous CDW workers volunteer their time by mentoring children.
- Junior Achievement. CDW also provides financial support to this group, which is supported by numerous employee volunteers who mentor students.
- The American Red Cross. CDW’s employees have been trained for the ARC’s local disaster response volunteer program, Ready When the Time Comes.
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