Our History


Obtaining sufficient access to computer technology and gathering information on how it could best serve students with disabilities was the challenge that originally led educator Yvette Marrin, PhD, along with financier and entrepreneur Bruce McMahan, to co-found the National Cristina Foundation in 1984. Thus, began the work of putting used computers back to work again for developing human potential. The Foundation was named in honor of McMahan’s daughter Cristina, who had met Marrin when she was a student in the Yonkers public school system.

The lessons learned over time have taught us that for donations of earlier generation computers and related technology to make a significant difference, proper and systematic planning, coordination and partnership is essential. And always for the National Cristina Foundation, our guiding objective keeps our work true—Linking Life to its Promise.