Closing the connectivity gap for CMS students during the COVID-19 crisis

GOAL Achieved: $3.2MM to close the access gap

With an investment of nearly $1 million from CMS to purchase 16,000 hotspot devices, our goal was to raise $3.2 million to provide 12 months of internet service for every household with a CMS student receiving a device. After reaching this goal, we’re working to ensure that each student in our school district has the opportunity to engage in remote learning and access the resources they need during the COVID-19 crisis. 

School buildings have been closed, but access to learning hasn’t.

Addressing an urgent need


In this time of crisis, we’ve stepped up to support our district’s students and families

As students across the nation engage in remote learning, it has never been more important to have reliable internet service at home.  Unfortunately, thousands of students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools do not have home internet access. This creates an urgency in our community to ensure that every student, regardless of economic circumstance, has access to education this school year.

Following the school closures in March of 2020, the CMS Foundation raised more than $1 million to purchase 6,000 mobile hotspots for students without home internet. But at the start of 2020-21 school year, an estimated 16,000 households with CMS students still lacked adequate home connectivity. 

In response to this need, we asked our community to “Connect for Tech” and close the connectivity gap by helping us raise $3.2 million to cover the cost of internet service for students in need of support during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. 

Through a combination of private and public support, we’ve exceeded our ambitious goal. More than 2,000 individuals, community organizations, businesses, and public entities have provided the resources needed to fill the estimated connectivity gap in CMS. 

Access to education should not be a privilege, and every child should have the opportunity to engage in remote learning regardless of financial circumstances. On behalf of the CMS Foundation and everyone in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, thank you!

You can still make an impact

We appreciate everyone who helped us reach our goal!

You can still donate to support the work of the CMS Foundation. 

Every contribution makes a difference.

Donations can also be sent by mail to 4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Suite 100 | Charlotte, NC 28217


Teachers and students have found creative ways to stay connected and continue learning when school buildings are closed. In June, we hosted a special virtual event to highlight the critical role of technology and the impact of donor support during the ongoing pandemic. Watch below!