“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
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 is a year-round effort that has given money to charities worldwide 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 all across the U.S. and worldwide.
The BICSI Cares Committee formed in June 1998 to oversee all aspects of BICSI’s charitable endeavors within BICSI Cares, Inc. 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. From Orlando, Florida to Sydney, Australia, BICSI Cares is committed to improving the lives of children everywhere.
To date, more than $1 million has been donated to improve the lives of children around the world—view the BICSI Cares donation recipients here.
Support BICSI Cares via AmazonSmile
Did you know you can shop online and support BICSI Cares at the same time—at no additional cost? You can, through AmazonSmile! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. To donate to BICSI Cares while shopping on Amazon, log on to your Amazon account at smile.amazon.com, select BICSI Cares from the list of charities, and shop as you normally would on Amazon.com. Thank you for supporting BICSI Cares!
The BICSI Cares Bear
Help make a difference in the lives of children in need by making a donation today to get this limited edition collectible.
This year, BICSI Cares officially celebrates 15 years of helping children in need across the globe. To commemorate this important milestone and honor BICSI Cares Founder Ray Gendron, the volunteers of BICSI Cares have introduced the BICSI Cares Bear. 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 anytime.
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 $300,000 to assist students in their academic success.
Download the scholarship application and apply today!