Oracle, non-profit helping schools
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Aug 22, 2000
Oracle Corp. and the National Association of College and University Business
Officers (NACUBO) recently teamed up in a partnership that could net Chicago's
public school system up to 2,000 computers.
Oracle will donate 500 New Internet Computers, or NICs, and will match NACUBO
and its members' individual donations of up to 500 additional NICs. The
computers will be distributed to 10 Chicago schools that will be determined
by the city's school system. In May, Oracle donated more than 1,100 computers
to 23 Dallas public schools.
The donations are part of Oracle's philanthropic arm, founded to encourage
other organizations, corporations, and individuals to donate computers to
disadvantaged schools that normally do not have computer access. According
to spokeswoman Letty Ledbetter, Oracle has committed $100 million to the
NICs are low-cost computers that do not have a hard drive but instead access
applications from a central server via a Web browser and run on the Linux
operating system. Unveiled earlier this year by the New Internet Computer
Co., a private company owned primarily by Oracle chairman Larry Ellison,
NICs are priced at $199 without a monitor. However, Oracle's philanthropic
arm will provide monitors.
According to Oracle's Web site, schools also receive
a laser printer and print server for each classroom, speakers, keyboards,
mice and mouse pads, on-site installation of the NICs by Oracle volunteers,
online professional development for teachers, and two years of technical
The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle is the world's second largest software
maker and has annual revenues of more than $10 billion. NACUBO is a nonprofit
organization representing chief administrative and financial officers at
more than 2,100 colleges and universities.