Zones, a Seattle-based global provider of IT products and solutions, and Firoz Lalji, its President and CEO, have been longstanding supporters of the London School of Economics, having first endowed a master’s degree scholarship in 2009 for students from Uganda. Then, in 2012, their support enabled the establishment of the Programme for African leadership (PfAL) at the school, which has awarded 80 full scholarships to Africans as well as leadership development activities for graduate students. Through the Lalji Family Foundation, an endowment was established to create the Africa Centre with a gift of £10 million ($13,038,000), which was the largest contribution ever received from an alumnus.
Zones has also donated equipment and volunteer hours to support Pacific Gas & Electric’s renovation of a service center internet café for homeless veterans in Rancho Cordova, California. Zones has in total provided $2,780,000 in philanthropic initiatives, which includes the London School of Economics, United Way and University of Washington. All team members are encouraged to participate in volunteer opportunities with local charities.