Rural Technology Fund is creating tech education opportunities for rural and high poverty students
29

patrons

$579
per month
Hey everyone! Thanks so much for checking out our Patreon page. My name is Chris Sanders and I founded the Rural Technology Fund because I'm from a rural area and I know the challenges students like me face when trying to get ahead. I created the RTF to introduce rural and high poverty students to the opportunity that tech jobs represent. Computer jobs are often high-paying, can be worked remotely from anywhere, and have the ability to bring families out of generational poverty and revitalize rural communities that were once thriving.

What do we do?
We work with passionate teachers to equip their classrooms with resources to get kids interested in computer and engineering technology. We donate things like Raspberry Pi's, Ardunios, robotics kits, circuit kits, snap circuits, ozobots, and more. We also help building school-wide maker spaces. 

You can read more about our mission and background here: http://ruraltechfund.org/mission/

How successful have we been?
So far, we've been able to put technology into the hands of over 50,000 rural and high poverty students. We want to grow that number to 100,000 by 2020. But, we need your help!

You can read more about our impact here: http://ruraltechfund.org/impact/

How can I help?
Every $2 you contribute helps us put technology education resources into the hands of another student. By contributing on a regular basis, you'll help ensure we're able to continue changing lives by providing opportunity to rural and high poverty students.

By using our Patreon page you can get connected with our progress and read thank you letters from students who receive benefit from your contributions. All donations are tax deductible. The RTF is a 100% volunteer organization that pays no salaries, so 100% your donation goes straight to students in the classroom. 

Where can I learn more?
You can learn more about the RTF at http://ruraltechfund.org.You can also contact me directly at [email protected]
Tiers
Individual Student Difference-Maker
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
  • This puts tech education resources into the hands one student every month.
  • You'll get access to Patreon-only updates where we share thank you letters we receive from teachers and students, as well as pictures of students using and learning from the technology we provide. This is a great way to feel connected with the impact that your donation is having on the future of rural and high poverty students. 

Multiple Student Difference-Maker
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
  • This puts tech education resources into the hands of 2 students per month. 
  • We’ll send you one of our awesome, high quality RTF stickers. Slap it on a notebook or on your laptop to show everyone you’re contributing to technology education! 
  • As a serious bonus, I’ll also give you my super secret Mac and Cheese recipe. 

Classroom Difference-Maker
$10 or more per month 7 patrons
  • This will allow us to put tech education resources into the hands of 5 students per month. 
  • We'll list your name on our website as a contributor. 
  • I’ll also throw in an epic fried chicken recipe (and a tweak to turn it into a spicy chicken recipe).
  • You'll get everything from the lower reward levels
School Difference-Maker
$20 or more per month 6 patrons
  • This will allow us to put tech education resources into the hands of 10 students per month. 
  • An exclusive RTF T-Shirt so you can show others that you’re supporting tech education. 
  • I’ll throw in my BBQ sauce recipe — I’ve been working on it for over 10 years! 
  • You'll get everything from the lower reward levels
District Difference-Maker
$50 or more per month 5 patrons
  • This will allow us to put tech education resources into the hands of 25 students per month. 
  • We'll upgrade your t-shirt to a high quality RTF polo you can wear to work! 
  • I’ll spend up to an hour on the phone with you to provide a one on one grilling/BBQ/sous vide consultation. I can recommend hardware, talk about my cooking methods, share some additional recipes, and provide general tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. I’m at your meat-cooking disposal! (Alternatively, you can substitute this for an hour of information security mentorship/consulting). 
  • You'll get everything from the lower reward levels


Regional Difference-Maker
$100 or more per month 2 patrons
  • This will allow us to put tech education resources into the hands of 50 students per month. 
  • I’ll provide a couple of shirts or polos (your choice)
  • You'll receive a limited edition professionally-bound book highlighting our favorite thank you letters from students and teachers we've received over the years. 
  • You'll be able to direct your donation to a specific geographic area. This is the best way to help students and classrooms in the area you live in or where you call home.
  • You'll get everything from the lower reward levels
Goals
$579 of $650 per month
The impact train keeps rolling! This would help 325 kids per year get access to technology education. We're making a huge difference!
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Hey everyone! Thanks so much for checking out our Patreon page. My name is Chris Sanders and I founded the Rural Technology Fund because I'm from a rural area and I know the challenges students like me face when trying to get ahead. I created the RTF to introduce rural and high poverty students to the opportunity that tech jobs represent. Computer jobs are often high-paying, can be worked remotely from anywhere, and have the ability to bring families out of generational poverty and revitalize rural communities that were once thriving.

What do we do?
We work with passionate teachers to equip their classrooms with resources to get kids interested in computer and engineering technology. We donate things like Raspberry Pi's, Ardunios, robotics kits, circuit kits, snap circuits, ozobots, and more. We also help building school-wide maker spaces. 

You can read more about our mission and background here: http://ruraltechfund.org/mission/

How successful have we been?
So far, we've been able to put technology into the hands of over 50,000 rural and high poverty students. We want to grow that number to 100,000 by 2020. But, we need your help!

You can read more about our impact here: http://ruraltechfund.org/impact/

How can I help?
Every $2 you contribute helps us put technology education resources into the hands of another student. By contributing on a regular basis, you'll help ensure we're able to continue changing lives by providing opportunity to rural and high poverty students.

By using our Patreon page you can get connected with our progress and read thank you letters from students who receive benefit from your contributions. All donations are tax deductible. The RTF is a 100% volunteer organization that pays no salaries, so 100% your donation goes straight to students in the classroom. 

Where can I learn more?
You can learn more about the RTF at http://ruraltechfund.org.You can also contact me directly at [email protected]

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Tiers
Individual Student Difference-Maker
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
  • This puts tech education resources into the hands one student every month.
  • You'll get access to Patreon-only updates where we share thank you letters we receive from teachers and students, as well as pictures of students using and learning from the technology we provide. This is a great way to feel connected with the impact that your donation is having on the future of rural and high poverty students. 

Multiple Student Difference-Maker
$5 or more per month 10 patrons
  • This puts tech education resources into the hands of 2 students per month. 
  • We’ll send you one of our awesome, high quality RTF stickers. Slap it on a notebook or on your laptop to show everyone you’re contributing to technology education! 
  • As a serious bonus, I’ll also give you my super secret Mac and Cheese recipe. 

Classroom Difference-Maker
$10 or more per month 7 patrons
  • This will allow us to put tech education resources into the hands of 5 students per month. 
  • We'll list your name on our website as a contributor. 
  • I’ll also throw in an epic fried chicken recipe (and a tweak to turn it into a spicy chicken recipe).
  • You'll get everything from the lower reward levels
School Difference-Maker
$20 or more per month 6 patrons
  • This will allow us to put tech education resources into the hands of 10 students per month. 
  • An exclusive RTF T-Shirt so you can show others that you’re supporting tech education. 
  • I’ll throw in my BBQ sauce recipe — I’ve been working on it for over 10 years! 
  • You'll get everything from the lower reward levels
District Difference-Maker
$50 or more per month 5 patrons
  • This will allow us to put tech education resources into the hands of 25 students per month. 
  • We'll upgrade your t-shirt to a high quality RTF polo you can wear to work! 
  • I’ll spend up to an hour on the phone with you to provide a one on one grilling/BBQ/sous vide consultation. I can recommend hardware, talk about my cooking methods, share some additional recipes, and provide general tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way. I’m at your meat-cooking disposal! (Alternatively, you can substitute this for an hour of information security mentorship/consulting). 
  • You'll get everything from the lower reward levels


Regional Difference-Maker
$100 or more per month 2 patrons
  • This will allow us to put tech education resources into the hands of 50 students per month. 
  • I’ll provide a couple of shirts or polos (your choice)
  • You'll receive a limited edition professionally-bound book highlighting our favorite thank you letters from students and teachers we've received over the years. 
  • You'll be able to direct your donation to a specific geographic area. This is the best way to help students and classrooms in the area you live in or where you call home.
  • You'll get everything from the lower reward levels