How do you improve science education?
Providing public access to scientific research findings. We deliver accurate, research-based science news to the global public through our digital publication, GotScience Magazine, which can be read for free at www.gotscience.org. Content is appropriate for all audiences.
Giving resources to science teachers. The GotScience STEM Education Resource Center publishes supplemental science teaching resources for US grades 7–12. Bring the GotScience resources into your classroom with our free discussion guides and extension activities. Our research-based teaching guides may be downloaded for free through our STEM Education Resource Center program.
Creating curricula for schools. We create custom STEM literacy curricula for schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Science literacy can be fun and interactive, so we want students and teachers alike to enjoy learning about science. Contact us to discuss your needs for a custom STEM literacy education project.
How do you improve science communication?
GotScience reporting. Most academic papers are still tucked away in journals behind expensive paywalls. So how do we find that research and deliver it to you for free? Our team receives and reviews press releases about the latest scientific discoveries. Our writers start with the press releases, then read the research papers, reach out to the scientists with questions, fact-check everything, and finally write up the results for you to read. We do this in cooperation with scientists, universities, research labs, museums, and publishers.
Media publishing. We build collaborative partnerships to make even more science freely accessible to the public. Our partners include science and technology groups, research scientists, publishers, media distributors, natural history museums, and more. Click here to view our current partners or contact us today to discuss partnership opportunities.
How much of my donation goes to the cause compared to overhead costs?
Individual donations. 100% of individual donations go directly to our programs that improve science education and science communication. Donors may specify which program they wish to fund or allow us to choose a program in need of support.
Corporate and foundation grants. Approximately 90% of funds received from corporate donations and foundation grants are dedicated to our science education and communication programs. Up to 10% may be used for administrative costs, as needed and as agreed upon by the grantor.
What is your annual budget?
Our 2016 budget was less than $50,000. Our 2017 budget is approximately $175,000.
What are your sources of income?
Individual donations: 58%
Program income: 21%
Foundation grants: 19%
Corporate donations: 2%
What are your expenses?
Program expenses: 80%
Operating expenses: 20%
How do you measure your impact?
We track the number of science articles published, people reading our free publications, science journalists we have trained, teachers using our free guides, and partnerships established. This data is collected and recorded annually. Click here to view an infographic of our most recent impact data.
What communities do you serve?
Science Connected provides free public access to our digital publications and educational resources worldwide. Locally, we serve public schools and grades K–3 after-school science literacy programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
How much do you pay your executives?
Nothing. None of our executives, including our Chief Executive Officer, receive any compensation. Additionally, most of our team members are unpaid volunteers. This allows us to keep our overhead costs low and maximize the impact of donations.
How large is your staff?
Board of Directors, unpaid: 5
Staff members, paid: 3
Skilled volunteers and advisors, unpaid: 12–20 at any given time
Where can I learn more about your financials, management, and tax reporting?
More about our financial and managerial practices can be viewed on our GuideStar profile page. Science Connected is a voluntary GuideStar Platinum participant, demonstrating the highest level of transparency.
How can I get more information?
If you have read this page and have further questions, please reach out to the President and CEO of Science Connected, Kate Stone.