I am participating in a fundraising challenge for a great technology education
nonprofit this year, and I need your support.
[Insert your personal statement here: What is your connection to Byte Back? How did
you first hear about Byte Back? Why do you love Byte Back?]
Byte Back’s mission is to improve economic opportunity by providing computer training
and employment readiness skills for low-income residents of the Washington D.C. area. For
most people, it’s easy to take technology for granted. Low-income families and individuals
often lack the computer literacy and technology access to take advantage of the job
resources, educational benefits, and news and information available online. Every year, it’s
harder to earn a living wage without basic computer literacy.
Byte Back is working to bridge this “digital divide.” They offer courses in basic computer
skills and office software as well as advanced certification programs. Most of their classes
are free to low-income students, and they offer specialized curriculum geared towards
seniors, low-literacy learners, and American Sign Language and Spanish speakers. They also
help students write resumes, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews. Read more about
Byte Back at www.byteback.org.
I’m invested in this program. I believe in Byte Back’s mission and the work they are doing in
Unfortunately, this year may be a challenging one for Byte Back. A federal stimulus grant
enabled them to expand to meet increased demand for computer literacy training and job
training leading to growth industry jobs in the IT and business/administrative fields. Last
year they trained over 1,400 students at 26 locations throughout the District. However, the
stimulus grant is nearly finished and they urgently need to find replacement funds as they
plan for their winter courses.
That’s where you come in. By participating in Byte Back’s “Ask 15 to Give $15” Friend-
raising Challenge, you show Byte Back’s students that their dreams are achievable.
They are asking each team to set its own fundraising goal. The executive director’s
personal fundraising goal is $15,000.
As a community, we cannot afford to lose this valuable programming.
By giving $15 to honor Byte Back’s 15th Birthday, you show Byte Back’s students that
their dreams are achievable.
Think of all the things you can buy for $15 that aren’t nearly as rewarding as donating $15
to allow a student to experience the amazing potential of technology for the first time. And if
you are able, would you consider making a larger donation, such as $150 or $1500? Any
amount would be so appreciated!
Please give to Byte Back’s Friend-raising Challenge here:
(Insert your team’s link or the fundraiser’s main page http://www.razoo.com/story/15-
Click the green “Fundraise” button and choose your desired contribution. Make sure you
dedicate your donation to me.
Send a Check or Money Order: to “Byte Back” at 815 Monroe Street NE, Washington DC
Start Your Own Team: By participating in the Ask 15 to Give $15 Campaign, you can track
how many of your friends donate $15 or more by clicking Fundraise under More Ways
You Can Help.
Be sure you mention my name in the online giving form or in the “Memo” section of your
check or Money Order, so I know you donated to support my participation in the challenge.
The whole campaign will culminate in a Fifteenth Birthday Celebration at El Tamarindo
Restaurant (1785 Florida Avenue NW) in Adams Morgan on Monday, October 15 from
6:00-9:00 pm. The owner is a Byte Back graduate and is donating 25% of the proceeds to
Byte Back. [If applicable] I plan to be there, and hope you will join me!
Thank you for your support!