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BICSI Cares: Making A Difference Thanks to You.

BICSI Cares is a year-round effort that has given money to charities to help build schools, feed the hungry, prevent abuse and violence, combat illiteracy and provide for an overall positive environment. Over the years, BICSI Cares has made contributions to more than 50 organizations. To date, more than $1 million has been donated to improve the lives of children. From Orlando, Florida to Toronto, Canada, BICSI Cares is committed to improving the lives of children everywhere.


What makes BICSI Cares stand out is its charitable reach. In April 2006, the organization received an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives. This award recognizes associations for excellence in standard setting, citizenship and community service. BICSI Cares was selected from close to 100 organizations for its continuing efforts and contributions to society.

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Ray Gendron-BICSI Cares College Scholarship
Appropriate your donation to be designated for students who receive this annual scholarship award. In 1993, BICSI Cares added this educational dimension to its efforts. This program was implemented to offer scholarships for telecommunications education to BICSI members and their immediate family. Over the years, BICSI Cares has awarded more than $450,000 to assist students in their academic success.

BICSI-Cares-Purple-BearThe BICSI Cares Bear
BICSI Cares has been helping children in need across the globe for more than 20 years. Help make a difference in the lives of children in need by donating today to get this limited-edition collectible. The bear is a key part of the fundraising efforts at all BICSI conferences. Now, you can experience the pride of supporting the charitable efforts of BICSI Cares any time.

From One Kind Act: A History of BICSI Cares
Over two decades ago, BICSI Cares started collecting donations for charities in cities where conferences are held. The idea started with BICSI member Ray Gendron. While attending a conference, Ray jokingly passed a hat around. It returned to him filled with money. Because there was no way to know who gave what amount, Ray gave the money to charity and that was the beginning of BICSI Cares. What started as one BICSI member making a gesture of goodwill has evolved into an ongoing, heartfelt effort by BICSI members, conference attendees and organization supporters.

In 1992, the motto "BICSI Cares" was officially adopted and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1996. The objective of BICSI Cares is to be responsible corporate citizens and extend good will and generosity to organizations that are striving to build a strong foundation for our children's futures.


 

BICSI Cares, Inc.

8610 Hidden River Parkway
Tampa, FL 33637-1000 USA
Tel: +1 813.979.1991 or 800.242.7405 (toll-free US and Canada)
Fax: +1 813.971.4311
E-mail: bicsicares@bicsi.org

BICSI Cares, Inc. is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charity. Its tax-exempt number is 59-3419229. All donations are tax deductible in the United States.

"The telecommunications industry has served us well. The objective of BICSI Cares, Inc, is to be good corporate citizens and give something back to those less fortunate."

—Ray Gendron, BICSI Cares Founder

 


“I have heard my father speak often of BICSI and its goals to help unite the industry. Through scholarships such as the one I have received, BICSI demonstrates that its concern goes beyond the call of duty, helping to educate future members of the industry, as well as current members.” 
– Kathleen A. Minnis, BICSI Cares, Inc. Scholarship Recipient

“Immediately [the Childhood Cancer Foundation] was right there for us with financial assistance, groceries, gift cards, gas cards, and really just support for us…Thank you BICSI Cares.”
– Leslie Garrison, mother of Desiree, living with acute lymphoblastic leukemia

“[My grandfather] recognized that many of those less fortunate were victims of circumstance, and had never been given an opportunity to display their full potential.”
– Austin McDougall, grandson of BICSI Cares Founder Ray Gendron

“Apparently, there are a great deal of warm-hearted people associated with BICSI.  It’s organizations such as yours that help us continue to fund dreams and help us keep putting big smiles on little faces.”
– Laurie B. Seabury, DreamMakers, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, USA