In 2014, the USTTI corporate and government Board members, along with training sponsors from both academia and the ICT and broadcast industries, provided $4.4 million in cash and in-kind contributions to support the USTTI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. These contributions reflect the costs of offering 87 tuition-free training courses in 2014, as well as travel and subsistence funding, educational materials, and a host of other services provided to the USTTI.
The USTTI’s overhead costs - program development expenses, salaries for our small staff, and institutional costs such as rent, utilities, and postage - are paid for by private sector contributions. The USTTI’s 2014 operating budget of $775,017 was tightly controlled so that all revenues raised by the USTTI in excess of overhead costs were used to provide additional travel and subsistence support for promising USTTI Scholars from many of the least developed countries.
In addition to funding from the private sector, the USTTI received essential support from the Federal Government in 2014. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided $500,000 in funding to the USTTI in 2014 for the travel and subsistence needs of USTTI scholars from the developing world. Experts from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), provided a total of 10 courses, as well as in-kind support for the USTTI. Voice of America underwrote a grant that provided funding for eight developing country broadcasters to attend training. International organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Organization of American States (OAS)/Inter American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) also contributed additional travel funding support for eight USTTI Scholars in 2014.
The USTTI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, meeting all requirements for charitable contributions. In 2015, the USTTI will need approximately $1,500,000 in order to provide travel and subsistence needs of qualified applicants who are unable to support their own participation in USTTI training. Corporations and organizations wishing to support the USTTI should contact USTTI Executive Director Jim O’Connor at 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 702, Washington, DC 20036-4131, USA. Telephone: +1-202-785-7373, Fax: +1-202-785-1930, E-mail: email@example.com.