I am the Green Technology Director at TechSoup, the San Francisco based nonprofit organization. I have known Charles Brennick since 2006. We have worked together on several initiatives related to technology access for nonprofit organizations and underserved communities. Charles is known as a leader in the field among nonprofit and for-profit organizations involved in computer refurbishment. He is familiar with the unique needs for technology faced by charitable organizations in the U.S. and in developing countries and has developed several successful initiatives and partnerships to meet those needs. Charles is very skilled at developing IT asset disposition (ITAD) programs to full capability.
TechSoup is a nonprofit international network of non-governmental organizations that provides product donations, technical support and technological tools to nonprofits, NGOs, foundations, libraries, and religious organizations globally. TechSoup’s Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) is the largest program in the U.S. that provides refurbished and reconditioned computer hardware to nonprofits in the U.S. In 2010 Charles initiated a partnership between TechSoup and InterConnection to provide computers for the RCI program. The partnership has been in-place since then. By 2014, Interconnection became our primary supplier of remanufactured electronics equipment. In the course of our work together Charles grew the program from a point where it averaged $15,000 per month in revenue for InterConnection to its current revenue point of over $100,000 per month. Growth is attributed to the quality of InterConnection’s computers and Charles’ good business sense.
In addition, Charles and I worked together to test and promote a shared computing solution for schools, telecentres and NGOs called Windows MultiPoint Server. Microsoft contracted Charles to create a setup manual for this product and Charles and I planned and carried out case studies at libraries throughout Washington State and California to analyze and document the setup process and the product. Charles did additional product development and setup testing at a school in Tanzania, a library in Medellin, Colombia, and computer labs in Paraguay and Peru.
Charles is a creative person and driven to use technology to solve global issues. I would recommend Charles for any position that involves creating partnerships, developing ITAD businesses, project development and information technology for development.
I have known Charles Brennick since 2008. Charles is an entrepreneurial, creative person who is passionate about technology access and a long-time leader in the charitable computer reuse sector. In that sector, Charles is well known for successfully creating and directing Interconnection, a computer reuse social enterprise that distributes affordable computers
around the world.
Charles and I met in Santiago, Chile while I was heading the Zeltner Consulting Group, a Santiago-based social enterprise dedicated to the creation and implementation of innovative initiatives using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to promote social inclusion and human and economic development.
Charles and I worked together to establish a distribution center to supply Interconnection computers to schools, community technology access centers and low-income individuals. We established partnerships with government agencies (the Chilean State Bank), NGOs (the
Association of telecenters in Chile, COi Chile, the ATACH national telecenter network, El Encuentro Corporation, Coopeumo), businesses (Microsoft, Degraf recycling) and community agencies in Santiago to establish the program. Over 1,000 computers were successfully distributed, including a batch of SO computers that Interconnection gave to World Vision for distributing to a rural community in southern Chile impacted by a major earthquake.
My experience working with Charles in Chile and subsequently since I came to FHI 360 has shown me that he is a perseverant and driven person who can be relied on to both create innovative ICT strategies and get things done. He would be an asset for any company in need of those traits and the substantial other skills and knowledge he possesses.
Senior Director for ICT4D and Technology Innovation
Save the Children