Paul Brainerd, founder of the desktop publishing giant Aldus Corp., began in 1994 the nonprofit Social Venture Partners (SVP), a partnership that gives time, money, and expertise to the Seattle community. Brainerd told STFB that K-12 schools should capitalize on their special advantages when approaching technology corporations.

The technology industry's giving decisions are being made by a younger, more engaged set of corporate players, Brainerd said. More and more high-tech companies give employees at all levels the responsibility to determine community needs, develop grant guidelines, and make the actual funding decisions. Typically, these are executives


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