The five organizations receiving donations are:

  • Circle of Women implements innovative and sustainable solutions to increase girls’ access to secondary education. In partnership with the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women in Indore, India, the organization is building and furnishing a computer room, a classroom and a dormitory for rural and tribal women in India. This project will enlarge BDIRW, allowing them to grow the number of women they serve by 60 percent per year.
  • First Book provides new books and educational resources for free or at a low cost to schools and programs serving children in need. First Book is using the funds to support a tablet pilot program.
  • inABLE provides nearly 1,200 blind and visually impaired children in rural Africa with computer assistive technology and library services. With the donation from Blackboard, inABLE plans to make software and hardware upgrades to the Thika High School for the Blind in Kenya.
  • Library for All has created a digital library that allows access to culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate content sourced from international and local publishers. The organization plans to use the donations to develop a monitoring and evaluation program of the digital library at 10 sites in Haiti.
  • Literacy Council of Northern Virginia teaches adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking and understanding English to help them participate more fully and confidently in their communities. LCNV plans to use the funds to modernize their volunteer training systems, incorporating e-learning and interactive online volunteer management tools.

To learn more about Blackboard’s Charitable Giving Program and when applications to be a part of the 2015 program will open, please visit here.

For more information about Blackboard, please visit www.blackboard.com or follow @Blackboard on Twitter.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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