Corporations for Community Connections (CFCC) is a registered charity officially established in 2015 based on a corporate community involvement program that is successfully in place since 2010.
The program started as an internal initiative of three Siemens Canada’s employees, Philip Schaus, Otto Rathke and Chris Campbell, who wanted to answer a question: how can decommissioned corporate computers in good working condition be donated back to the community instead of being recycled? They produced an idea for a corporate laptop donation program engaging employees, established a robust process for it, and chose the charitable organization to help distribute donated laptops.
The first laptop donation program included a refurbishment workshop with Siemens Canada’s employees. It was held on December 5, 2010 in Mississauga. As a result of it, 25 computers were refurbished and donated to the Hamilton Association for Residential and Recreational Redevelopment Programs (HARRRP).
In 2011, Atos and Xerox joined Siemens as contributors. The volunteer team adopted the name Corporations For Community Connections (CFCC).
In 2012, the CFCC’s laptop donation program was recognized by the Globe and Mail as it contributed towards a distinction of Siemens Canada as one of Canada’s Greenest companies.
In 2013, CFCC’s initiative received a global award for innovative solutions as Siemens IT Procurement.
In 2014, CFCC started working with charities across Canada and donated laptops in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.
In 2015, CFCC became a registered charity and provided laptops to support schools in close and far communities: school at Pikangikum, the First Nations community in Northern Ontario, and schools in Halton District School Board in southern Ontario.
In 2016, more than 700 computers were refurbished by 170 volunteers and donated in support of Syrian refugees in Calgary as well as supported low income families in Quebec.
Since 2010, CFCC refurbished and donated more than 2,000 laptops and supported more than 10,000 people in communities across Canada.