by Tonie Hansen

Since 2001, NVIDIA has taken the money it would spend on a holiday party and invested it into a community project where hundreds of Santa Clara employees accomplish amazing things for neighborhoods in need. We call the event Project Inspire and it has become a much-loved holiday tradition for our employees and their families.

For this year’s Project Inspire, NVIDIA (along with our partner City Year) is extending an invitation to Silicon Valley schools, neighborhoods and community organizations to apply and be considered as NVIDIA’s next Project Inspire recipient.

Today we’re announcing a request for applications at It’s your chance to help us create big impact in the community. Can you spread the word?

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Project_Inspire09_20091205_1237Project_Inspire09_20091205_0881If you know of a worthy school, community center, neighborhood or other in Silicon Valley, just send them this link: All of the details about how to apply can be found on this page. The opportunity to get several thousand dollars worth of services and up to 1,000 volunteers to help can mean jump starting lasting change in many low income communities.

  • Some of the stats from Project Inspire events over the past three years include:
  • Number of youth impacted: 2,800
  • Number of computers donated: 250
  • Children who will gain job skills in multimedia design: 300+
  • Number of community volunteers: 400
  • Number of NVIDIA volunteers: 2,100
  • Amount of partnership dollars: $244,000
  • Partners include: Adobe Systems, Fairmont Hotels, Webcor, Home Depot and more

The principal of last year’s Project Inspire school, McKinley Elementary has said that the school has had zero graffiti since we completely repainted the school on December 5 (graffiti used to be a weekly occurrence). It’s a great example of the community taking pride in the work that it helped us accomplish.