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Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Intel Corporation is intimately associated with the history, design, development, use and sale of personal computers, and by extension the modern internet, and surely needs no introduction in this context. A corporate giant of our age, Intel posted $54 billion in revenue in 2011, beating out such notables as FedEx, Amazon, and Coca-Cola.

Intel has many charitable giving programs, but their “Intel Involved” Matching Grant Program (which awards employees’ volunteer hours at eligible organizations with matching funds) has had a special impact in the hackerspace community.

The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program aims to recognize and motivate Intel employees, globally, to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make our communities a better place to live, work, and play. Its objective is to support employees’ giving their time and talent to qualified non profits and non-governmental organizations, in addition to schools. We also wanted to recognize our employees who give generously of their time beyond school-related activities, and give them the opportunity to earn money for organizations that are meaningful to them.

After a minimum of 20 hours has been accrued by Intel employees volunteering at a school or qualified non profit organization, a donation or “match ” will be triggered from the Intel Foundation. $10,000 maximum per eligible organization per year.

Thanks, Intel, for supporting the maker movement in this way, and congratulations on your nomination for the 2012 Makeys!

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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