Committed to making an impact on the lives of teens and young adults by creating transformational experiences that not only prepare them for STEM careers, but for life.
Lumity is the combination of two nonprofits: IT Resource Center (ITRC) and the Nonprofit Financial Center (NFC). Established by the Trust in 1984, ITRC was created to expedite access to technologies available in corporations to nonprofits, and provide computer consulting and training to nonprofits. Also in 1984, the Donors Forum created NFC to provide bookkeeping, accounting, and finance services for nonprofits. In 2007, ITRC acquired NFC and changed its name to Lumity (illuminate + community).
For over 30 years, Lumity has provided training and capacity building services to nonprofits. In 2002, Lumity launched Community Technology Centers (CTCs) with 22 organizations with funding from Elizabeth Morse Genius Trust of which 17 remain in operation.
In 2013, Lumity completed CTC Connect, a two-year project to increase the capacity and sustainability of CTCs in partnership with the Smart Chicago Collaborative and the City of Chicago. During the two year CTC Connect program, 323 individuals gained employment. In year one, 143 individuals obtained jobs making an average of $15/hour; a year later, 135 were still employed. CTC Connect provided tech assessments and support, training, networking events, and recruited tech volunteers for 70 CTCs.
As a result of our digital literacy and our consulting history, in 2014 Lumity combined these programs into a Career Readiness & STEM Pathways program to train high school and community college students to deliver IT and bookkeeping skills. The program consists of interpersonal, teamwork, and technical/business skills while working on real projects for nonprofits, schools and small businesses.
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