At Charter, we know first-hand the positive impact that widely available technology and digital skills can have on a community. Reliable broadband connections and the digital skills needed to navigate the internet are more important than ever, and we invest heavily in philanthropic programs to support organizations across the country that foster digital education programs for families, seniors, and other community members in need.
Since Charter’s launch of Spectrum Digital Education in 2017, we’ve partnered with over 100 organizations, impacting more than 100,000 people across 22 states and Washington D.C. Grant recipients have used funding to expand digital skills training for seniors, install adaptable technology labs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and provide devices like tablets and laptops to those in need. In continuing these investments, we recently announced an additional $1 million commitment to Spectrum Digital Education for 2023.
Spectrum Digital Education helps parents keep up with their children’s education and helps students complete their schoolwork. For example:
- E2D, a non-profit organization in Charlotte, NC, recently received a Spectrum Digital Education grant that helped them distribute 600 laptops to 300 families, including families that have struggled to remain housed.
- In Madison, WI, we awarded a grant to 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc, which bolstered their offerings of educational programs that cultivate digital skills. On top of that, it provided new Chromebooks to local parents and children so they can access digital tools from home.
Spectrum Digital Education is also a program that seeks to cultivate educational and economic opportunities for future generations.
- For example, After-School All-Stars in Columbus, OH received a grant that helps fund its innovative program teaching children in underserved communities to learn highly sought-after skills like coding.
Many seniors are also greatly benefitting from Spectrum Digital Education through technology training they can access telehealth resources and connect with their loved ones.
- One such grant recipient was Central Community House in Columbus, OH, which offers a Technology Assistance Program that provides connectivity resources for seniors from the Near East and South Side neighborhoods of Columbus.
Charter is a connectivity company at its core, and we’re fortunate to partner with organizations building connections and making a meaningful difference through digital education in the communities we serve. We look forward to seeing how our bolstered investment in Spectrum Digital Education will impact even more deserving grant recipients.
Learn more about how to be considered for a Spectrum Digital Education grant here.