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1 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 2013 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Phoenix, Arizona Cora Beth Abel Executive Director, MSSEF May 13, 2013

2 Intel ISEF Educator Academy “Why Fundraising for Science Fairs is Like a Science Fair Project!” 2 My thanks to Eleanor Tishler, MSSEF Director of Development, who created the forms in your handouts and developed many of the guidelines in this ShopTalk! © 2013 Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. (MSSEF)

3 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 3 The “Fundraising” Science Fair Project! Ask a question, research the topic and create a hypothesis What local companies and organizations care about the future STEM workforce? Develop a Research Plan What are the fundraising goals, timeline and approach for each company, and who will lead the effort? Collect & analyze data to use in a presentation Prepare a Case for Support and pilot-present it! Draw conclusions that raise new questions – begin again!

4 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 4 Ask a Question & Research the Topic What local companies and organizations care about the future STEM workforce? Research Sources: Website searches Local Biz News STEM Trade Associations Other local science education organizations that post their donor lists Friends, parents (especially science fair families) Craft your own question!

5 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 5 Create a Hypothesis In my LOCAL area, these organizations are likely to support STEM Education …and/or to partner with Science Fairs to achieve a common mission: Corporations - cash for operations and prizes, student internships, STEM teacher externships and special initiatives Colleges & Universities – scholarships, internships and partnerships for STEM teacher PD and student mentoring Science education organizations and museums – student prizes, internships, and mentoring programs, and teacher PD. Colleges: ADMISSIONS OFFICES STEM Companies: WORKFORCE Local Biz: COMMUNITY from the bank to the grocery store

6 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 6 Develop a Plan What are the fundraising goals, timeline and outreach strategy, and who will lead the effort? –Create Committee/Select Chair –Establish Goal(s) –Develop Timeline –Identify Donor Prospects from the research list developed in step #1 and build/expand relationships

7 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 7 Collect & Analyze Data for Presentation Your Case for their Support! Request Letter Introductions & “Importance of STEM Education” Where, when, # of students, geographic area Contribution amount - operations/awards Donor recognition Thank you for your consideration; “I’ll be in touch” Include Separate Science Fair Fact Sheet Goal & Mission – Why Science Fairs are important History of Science Fair/student & school participation Structure, including leadership, committees, SciFair host Projected budget Sponsor recognition & employee volunteer opportunities Sponsor donations – payee, address, tax-exempt info Contact for further information Past Science Fair photos (if good quality)

8 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 8 ShopTalk CD & Handouts Work on Your Plan! Overview of 5-point MSSEF Fundraising Plan Guidelines for Developing Plan Goals Fundraising Committee Budget Timeline Case for Support Worksheets: Budget Form & Case for Support Information about the Curious Minds Initiative (CMI) partnership & funding model.

9 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 9 Relationship Matters “Success in nonprofit fundraising relies largely on connections made, swift follow- up and a strong belief in the mission.” - Habitat for Humanity VP Development

10 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 10 Relationship Matters Volunteerism is a great first step! Judges, Speakers & Parents can create links to corporate sponsors & the media.

11 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 11 Relationship Matters Tell A Story that will be Remembered! Your Science Fair students have fascinating stories behind their research.

12 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 12 Relationship Matters Inspiring Students to Pursue STEM Encouraging Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Public Service

13 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 13 Relationship Matters Opportunities for Sponsor Recognition Fair flyers/book Program Ads Website Sponsor Banner Fair Media & Gov

14 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 14 Relationship Matters “Thank You” and “Please” are powerful words. Follow-up is Key

15 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs 15 Fundraising for Special Initiatives Support the Science Fair mission Foundation giving (not events) Create a model or address priority areas such as high-needs schools Programs with high-impact or leveraged impact on students in support of a common mission Partnerships enable larger initiatives

16 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs Curious Minds Initiative(CMI)  Tools & Resources for Schools, Students & Teachers  Professional Development for STEM Teachers  3-5 YEAR Support Commitment to Schools  Base Program Improvement on Evidence  Support “Next Generation” Science Standards © 2012 Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. GOAL: Increase School Participation in MA Science Fairs by 35% Over 5 years RESULTS: Up 31% after 4 years 200 teachers in CMI Courses $1.8M raised over 4 years Grants to 30+ CMI schools Learn more at

17 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs CMI: 3 Courses = 3 Steps to Great Fairs! Inquiry  Project-based Science  Science Fairs 3-Course Completion Earns New STEM Certificate in Inquiry !

18 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Intel ® Education Programs Stay Focused – Have Fun! Fundraising has its ups & downs! Stay upbeat Highlight rewards - working with SciFair students “Selling” an outstanding product Never forget -- YOU are making a difference! “Dry Mitt” glove to reduce arthritic hand pain Reducing children’s backpack-related injuries

19 Intel ISEF Educator Academy Work on Your Project! “Why Fundraising for Science Fairs is Like a Science Fair Project!” 19 Thank You for Your Participation in this Shop Talk! Cora Beth Abel, MSSEF Executive Director © 2013 Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. (MSSEF)

20 Copyright © 2013 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. Copyright © 2012 Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. *Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.


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