We do a lot with very little money, since the thousands of hours of volunteer time are free to the schools and students. Our expenses are met by a grant from the National Science Foundation and donations from local foundations, individuals donors, and board members.
However, we want to do more to stimulate, recognize, and reward those in the schools who devote efforts to trying to improve science learning. We want to build on our successful partnership with the schools.
In 2016 two of our long-time donors established a challenge grant. They will match, dollar-for-dollar, all contributions to SFAFS up to total of $80,000. Your $50 or $100 will become $100 or $200 to advance STEM in the schools.
With that additional support we are undertaking a new three-part program. Because science fairs are the largest part of our work with schools, we intend to build on that success in the following ways.
The Alliance is a non-profit organization registered in the State of New Mexico and can receive tax-deductible donations under section 501(c)(3) of the US tax code.
Incentives for students and teachers
Regrettably, most schools don't have adequate resources to give STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) the priority it should have to prepare students for the world they'll enter. We propose to provide incentives and rewards to students and teachers for their participation in science fairs.
Incentives for families of students
Schools recognize that student performance is improved when families have greater involvement in what is happening at school. Family science nights are one way to encourage this, and we participate. We hope to expand family participation in these coming years by:
Recruitment of new volunteers and renewal of SFAFS
Our programs depend on our volunteers, many of whom have been with SFAFS almost since its origin. We need to attract and qualify more volunteers to keep up with the demand we have stimulated in the schools--both to expand and to diversify by age, gender, or fields of science expertise.
Initially, the founders were able to draw from groups of scientists they knew, in many cases people who worked at or were retired from Los Alamos. Then existing volunteers began to recruit their own friends and colleagues, but as our volunteer population ages we need to attract people we don't already know. Our experience shows that there is still a large untapped body of potential volunteers and we need to use additional means to recruit them. These include:
How to Donate
Santa Fe Alliance for Science
7 Morning Glory Circle
Santa Fe, NM 87506