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. GotScience Magazine is appropriate for all audiences.
Giving resources to science teachers. Science Connected provides free and discounted access to science labs, lessons, and educational games. Bring STEM education resources into your classroom or home 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 and beyond. 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 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, and science museums.
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.
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 are your sources of income?
Individual public donations: 58%
Program income: 20%
Foundation grants: 20%
Corporate donations: 2%
What are your expenses?
Program expenses: 88%
Operating expenses: 12%
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 our most recent impact statistics.
What communities do you serve?
Science Connected provides 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. We ensure equal access to scientific information and STEM education for women and underrepresented minorities.
How much do you pay your executives?
Nothing. None of our executives, including our Chief Executive Officer, receive 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
Independent contractors paid: 3
Skilled volunteers and advisors, unpaid: 30
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.