What is STEM?
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an educational program developed to prepare primary and secondary students for college and graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition to subject-specific learning, STEM aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills.
What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving. STEM education begins while students are very young:
* Elementary school — STEM education focuses on the introductory level STEM courses, as well as awareness of the STEM fields and occupations. This initial step provides standards-based structured inquiry-based and real world problem-based learning, connecting all four of the STEM subjects. The goal is to pique students' interest into them wanting to pursue the courses, not because they have to. There is also an emphasis placed on bridging in-school and out-of-school STEM learning opportunities.
* Middle school — At this stage, the courses become more rigorous and challenging. Student awareness of STEM fields and occupations is still pursued, as well as the academic requirements of such fields. Student exploration of STEM related careers begins at this level, particularly for underrepresented populations.
* High school — The program of study focuses on the application of the subjects in a challenging and rigorous manner. Courses and pathways are now available in STEM fields and occupations, as well as preparation for post-secondary education and employment. More emphasis is placed on bridging in-school and out-of-school STEM opportunities.
What is Social Return on Investment (SROI)?
SROI is the acronym for Social Return on Investment, a relatively new and interesting tool for communicating the value of a nonprofit’s impact on the community.
According to The New Economics Foundation, SROI “captures social value by translating outcomes into financial values.” The SROI is similar to ROI but shows the double bottom line: the financial impact AND the social impact of your donation and the nonprofit’s work.
Here is an example:
The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota has been using SROI for years to build its case for support. For instance, here is what it said in one report:
“Social Return on Investment (SROI) studies conducted by the Wilder Research and the University of Minnesota found that the Mentoring Partnership has a $2.72 SROI for every dollar spent on programs, and comprehensive Youth Intervention Programs have a $4.89 SROI for every dollar spent.” - Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
Is my contribution to the Going to Bat Foundation tax-deductible?
Going To Bat Foundation, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions to Going to Bat are tax deductible within the limits of the law. We recommend that you consult with your tax adviser for additional information regarding contributions you may make to Going to Bat.
Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. The Going to Bat Foundation is a Public Charity.
To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
Can I decide which cause I want to support?
The donation forms allow the donor to select from a dropdown of causes: After-school programs; STEM; Girls Sports infrastructure and Coaching; Boys Sports Infrastructure and Coaching; etc.
Choose your amount and choose your cause.
Are limits to how much I can deduct?
There are limits to how much you can deduct, but they're very high. For most people, the limits on charitable contributions don't apply. Only if you contribute more than 20% of your adjusted gross income to charity is it necessary to be concerned about donation limits. If the contribution is made to a public charity, the deduction is limited to 50% of your contribution base. For example, if you have an adjusted gross income of $100,000, your deduction limit for that year is $50,000.