INSIDE

New
Certifications
p. 7
2012 Recycl i ng
by the Numbers
p. 6
From the Executive Director
& Board Chair
p. 3
2012
I mpact
p. 4
201 2
Funde r s
p. 5
Workforce
Development
p. 8
Staf f
& Board
p. 13
2012
Financials
p. 14
MN Schools
Served
p. 16
Advancing STEM
Education
p. 10
Incentive
Programs
p. 12
Equi pme nt
Donor s
p. 11
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From t he
Executive Director
& Board Chair
In 2012, MCFS saw a lot of growth. New ideas, new technologies,
new partnerships, new certifications, even a new brand. Early
in the year we began the process of obtaining our R2 and ISO
14001:2004 certifications. We worked hard all year to expand
our workforce development program into Washington
Technology Magnet School, which launched in January
2013. And in December we developed a new logo and
began working on a new website.
We continue to look for new ways to bridge the technology
divide in Minnesota. Over the years, we’ve seen how being
open to new approaches can pay of. We know this will be the
key to making progress each year.
Because of your dedication to our mission to provide technology
access for lifelong learning, we were able to provide access to
289,798 students in 2012. We look forward to continuing to
work together in the years to come to help close the gap between
those who have access to technology and those who do not.
Tamara Gillard, Executive Director
Steve Bartholet, Board Chair
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2012
I MPACT
• 116 schools and 15 nonprofits
served; 11 new school customers and
7 new school districts.
• 4,024 computers placed in
schools; 289,728 students were
given increased access to computers.
• 20 children with special needs and 3
Special Needs Programs were provided
technology.
• 244,601 pounds of computer
waste was recycled and not put into
landfills.
• Over 4,100 computer units
were refurbished instead of being
destroyed.
• 75 corporations and government
departments donated computers,
including 10 new business donors.
• 101 inmates at Stillwater Correctional
Facility learned transferable, on-the-job
technology skills.
• 57 students received computer recycling
and refurbishing skills through the
MCFS workforce training project at
Guadalupe Alternative Programs.
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Terry Carlson
Lorrie Bates
Gary Jones
Jade Warren
Gary Urban
Lori Peterson
Mike Linnemann
Deb Johnson
Karen Black
Gregg Dorazio
Doug Swenson
Dave Schef fl er
Eric Vercauteren
Steve Will ems
Steve Barthol et
Alison Link
Andrew Rotering
Mary Thirsten
Tamara Gillard
Cheryl Andersen
Rebecca Baumann
Kaitlin Olson
Mary Linnemann
Jennifer Cantine
Keith Lynch
Julie Murphy
Liz Dwinnell
Gyl es Fohl
Neal Lewis
Robert Hoke
Patsy Bartl ey
Anne Tarantino
Jason Johnson
Kari Johnson
I NDI VI DUALS
2012
FUNDERS
The Charities Review Council empowers the public to make
informed decisions about their charitable giving. In 2012, MCFS
was reviewed by the Charities Review Council and is proud to have
met its Accountability Standards.
Alliance Steel Service Co.
Best Buy Children’s Foundation
Boyum & Barenscheer
Bremer Bank
C.H. Robinson Foundation
Donaldson Foundation
Ecolab Foundation
Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen
Foundation
F.R. Bigelow Foundation
Fred C. & Katherine B. Andersen
Foundation
J. Murphy & Associates
Jim Gleason
March Family Foundation
Mardag Foundation
Medtronic Foundation
MN High Tech Association
ACE Alumni
MN Pollution Control Agency
MTS Systems Corporation
Oppenheimer Wolf and Donnelly
Pentair Foundation
Qwest Foundation
Saint Paul Public Schools
Scared Panda
Sierra Bravo Corporation
The Nerdery
The Saint Paul Foundation
Thomson Reuters
Travelers Foundation
Velocity Tech
Walmart Foundation
Woodbury Sam’s Club
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2012
RECYCLING by
the NUMBERS
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New
CERTI FI CATI ONS
MCFS has a no landfill policy. Any equipment that cannot be refurbished is recycled.
We’ve always been committed to environmentally friendly practices and now we have the
certifications to prove it.
After nearly a year of hard work MCFS obtained its R2 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications, ensuring
equipment donors that we are a trusted partner for secure information destruction and recycling
end-of-life electronics.
R2 requires recyclers to assure that toxic material streams are managed safely and responsibly
by downstream vendors, all the way to final disposition and prohibits them from exporting
these toxic materials to certain countries.
ISO 14001:2004 reassures donors, customers and supporters that we provide an environmentally
friendly service and we invest in the resources necessary to ensure a more sustainable future.
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Workforce
DEVELOPMENT
It’s nearly impossible to secure employment without basic computer skills. Unfortunately,
disadvantaged youth typically don’t have access to reliable technology and the need is
greater than ever to help Minnesota youth develop the right skills to build capabilities
and confidence that will open the doors to employment.
MCFS works with schools to advance employment and training opportunities. At
Guadalupe Alternative Programs, young adults who are working on earning their
GEDs are also taught computer literacy skills along with computer recycling and
refurbishing training. At the end of the program, which is led by MCFS trainer
Katie Medd, students earn their Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) and
graduate with skills that will lead to a career that provides them with a livable wage
and self-sufciency.
At Washington Technology Magnet School, MCFS trainer Mike Kingbird works with
students in grades 7-11 as a part of their extended day program. Students have
excelled in the IC3 program and are provided hands-on skill building in recycling and
refurbishing. When students complete the IC3 certification program, they are eligible
to earn a laptop.
“MCFS addresses the need for students to develop skills rather than only academic
knowledge. A lot of our students don’t go to college - they enter the workforce
right after graduation. MCFS gives them a direction and employable skills and
experience that they can put on their resume.”
– Katie Medd, Guadalupe Alternative Programs
“The program has been well received by students at Washington Technology
Magnet school – they’ve been very engaged and have shown a lot of interest in
learning about the inner workings of computers. 88 percent of students passed the
computer basics course and 94 percent went on to pass the recycling program.” 
– Mike Kingbird, Washington Technology Magnet School
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Advanci ng
STEM EDUCATION
All students deserve the chance to
learn important and challenging
science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) in order to
be productive in their personal and
professional lives.
The future quality of employees in
Minnesota companies will be closely
linked to the level STEM education
provided to Minnesota’s students.
Unfortunately, the pipeline of students
entering STEM fields doesn’t meet
the demand for new scientists and
engineers.
Each year MCFS helps equip Minnesota
schools with the technology needed
to raise the level of STEM education
and energize the future workforce.
Computers for Classrooms
To advance STEM education in
Minnesota, MCFS partners with the
Minnesota High Tech Association
ACE Leadership Alumni each year to
award a Computers for Classrooms
grant to provide computers to a
STEM classroom in need. In 2012,
four classrooms were each awarded
six computers.
Atomsmith Chemistry Simulation
Labs
Each year MCFS provides two
schools with computers equipped
with Atomsmith® software to bring
science concepts to life. These
chemistry simulation labs enable
teachers to make their instruction
more clear, powerful and engaging,
helping students’ comprehension
and retention of the subject.
Economic forecasts project
a 20 – 33% increase in
science and technical
occupations in Minnesota
in the next 10 years.
99% of STEM school
graduates enroll in college
within one year of high
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2012 Equi pment
DONORS
Anderson Heating
Augsburg College
Axis Medical Center
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Brendel and Zinn, Ltd.
City Academy High School
City of Bloomington
City of Rosemount
Consolidated Lumber Corporation
District Labor Council
EdVisions High School
Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Highway Administration - Dept. of Transportation
Flower Shop
General Dynamics Information Systems
Girl Scouts
Great River Energy
Hennepin County
Mayo Technology Center
MediMedia
Medtronic
Midwest Special Services
Milestone AV Technologies
Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota National Guard
National Marrow Donor Program
Oppenheimer Wolff and Donnelly
Pace Analytical Services, Inc.
Portable Sanitation Services
Pride Institute
RBA
Rice Memorial Hospital
Sálo
Schwing Bioset, Inc.
STAR Services, Inc.
State of Minnesota Surplus
The Rottlund Company, Inc.
Thomson Reuters
Total Networx Inc.
Travelers
Trinity Lutheran Church
United States Secret Service
USDA/ITS
Vision-Ease
Willard Network Technologies, LLC
“Donating equipment to Minnesota Computers for Schools fits into everything we stand for as a company.
But also, at its heart, it is the ideal community project because it’s very no-nonsense and straightforward.
MCFS allows us to maximize the value of our equipment and deciding to partner with them was a very
common sense, smart and easy business decision.”
– Michael Newman, Vice President, Travelers Foundation
Staff &
BOARD
Incentive
PROGRAMS
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Today, access to rel i abl e
technol ogy is crucial for success
in school. Teachers require students
to type papers, do research online
and turn in homework via email.
Unfortunately, thousands of at-risk
students in Minnesota don’t have
access to technology, presenting
yet another barrier to success. This
leads them to disconnect and
disengage from school .
We’re grateful for the opportunity
to help some of these students get
reliable access in the classroom
and at home. We work with schools
throughout the state to develop
incentive-based programs that reward
students for positive behavior in the
classroom – including regular
attendance, increased engagement
and participation. The reward: a
laptop from MCFS.
• Farnsworth Aerospace
40 percent of students at Farnsworth
Aerospace don’t have access to
computers at home – making it
difcult for them to hone their typing
skills and learn how to use basic
programs such as Microsoft Word
and Excel. One teacher at Farnsworth
encouraged his students to learn
these important skills by providing
an opportunity to earn a free laptop
from MCFS.
• Humboldt High School
At Humboldt High School, students
are given an assessment in the fall
and spring to measure students’
strengths and weakness to allow
teachers to tailor instruction to best
meet their needs. Students who
show exceptional growth and
improvement in their reading and
math skills receive a free laptop,
donated by MCFS.
“Laptops exponentially increase
students’ ability to complete
homework outside of school,
correspond wi th empl oyers,
universities, friends and teachers
via modern communication
methods, and become literate
with 21st century technology.”
– Paul Creager, Gordon Parks High School
“The key to success in keyboarding
is time on task. Students who invest
the time and efort in learning these
skills are rewarded with a lifetime
skill. The ability to be hired and earn
a paycheck is much more important
than earning a free laptop.”
– Gregg Adler, Farnsworth Aerospace
“Ecolab has been a proud supporter
of MCFS since 2006. Through the
partnership, Ecolab is able to give
back to the community in a way that
aligns with the company’s values.
From providing technology and
skills building to students in
Minnesota to helping MCFS advance
its recycling and refurbishing
processes.” 
- Kris Taylor, Vice President, Ecolab
Foundation
To learn more about these projects,
visit http://mncfs.org/stories
Staff &
BOARD
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Board of Directors
Steve Bartholet
Chair
Eric Vercauteren
Vice Chair
Doug Swenson
Treasurer
Mary Mehsikomer
Secretary
Staf
Tamara Gillard
Executive Director
Neal Lewis
Director of Operations
Brian Beaupre
Production and Tech
Support Manager
Chris Dopkins
Business Manager
Karen Black
Steve Dess
Gregg Dorazio
Deborah Johnson
Mike Linnemann
Dave Schefer
Debra Sevelius
Steve Willems
Jim Christiansen
Regional Sales Manager
Jim Thirsten
Inventory Manager
Tom Tieman
Production Manager
Dave Kanipes
Intake Mananger
G
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esign by M
J H
eubach
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2012
Fi nanci al s
The above revenue and expense tables are a summary. The MCFS audited financials and IRS Form 990
for 2012 are available on our website at www.mncfs.org
If you would like to request the financial records be sent to you, please contact MCFS at 651.779.2816.
Product Sales
Cash Contributions
Scrap
Interest
Uncategorized Income
Total:
$765,845
$204,473
$122,926
$967
$127,129
$1,221,340
R
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V
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N
U
E
Staff
Components
Inmate Wages
Transportation
Marketing & Travel
Rent
Total:
$528,903
$180, 377
$26,418
$13,648
$29,861
$10,085
$789,292
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Summary of
Expenses
Fundraising & Grants
19.93%
General & Administrative
7.09%
Program Expenses
72.98%
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