Our Proceeds

Technology Education Foundation

100% of proceeds from the Berbee Derby stay within the community and support Madison-area organizations and groups that benefit children, teens and adults who do not have access to technology. Money raised from the event goes directly to grants which in turn provide much-needed technology resources to under-served demographics throughout the community.

Read more about some of our recent success stories here or view a list of past grant recipients.

Madison-based Berbee Derby Technology Education Foundation (TEF), has provided $570,588 (as of September, 2016) in technology education grants since it started, including $88,000+ of grants in 2015 alone.

Here are just some of the ways that TEF is making a difference in the community:

Falk Elementary School was the recipient of a TEF grant – and it went straight to work to reducing the digital divide that contributes to the achievement gap found in the Madison School District. Falk was able to purchase Google Chromebooks for students and add to the curricular resources available for teachers and students. As a result, Falk students now have greater access to online learning which has improved their academic performance.

TEF funding supports a special YWCA program. This program works with young women and young people of color who are underrepresented in technology careers, and enables professional instruction in website development skills, as well as hands-on learning in computer programming through an intensive training institute. The program helps participants to prepare for technology careers.

Madison Children’s Museum is a proud recipient of support from the Berbee Derby Technology Education Foundation (TEF). Gifts from TEF help to the museum provide innovative learning through STEAM (Science & Technology, interpreted through Engineering & the Arts, all based in Mathematical elements technologies) and that all children in the Greater Madison area benefit from science education. TEF gifts enable the museum to provide the most up-to-date equipment available for summer campers and visitors to the museum.