What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The US Department of Education has plenty of thorough insights if you click here.
What is the best way to donate?
Whatever you prefer! However, there are a few things to consider:
–Online Donations: ~90% of your donation still makes it to the Scholarship Pool. However, the Crowdrise Starter plan charges 6% (platform fee) and then credit card processing is an additional 2.9% + $0.30 per donation. For more information, click here.
–In-person Donations: 100% of your donations make it to the Scholarship Pool. Please make all checks payable to:
Roots to STEM
925 Lewis Street
Bristol, VA 24201
–Buy Merch: 100% of all profits will go directly to the Scholarship Pool. For example, a $20 shirt may cost $5 to make. Therefore we can only add $15 to the Scholarship Pool. This is still a great way to spread the message!
Are my donations tax deductible? Will I receive a receipt for tax purposes?
Absolutely! This is the benefit of you donating to a federally approved 501(c)(3) non-profit. For online donations, Crowdrise will issue a receipt directly. For all other donations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have a receipt printed, mailed, or emailed.
How do I know my donations are really being used as you say?
We feel it all comes down to transparency. There are a number of ways we can earn your trust. First, both the state of Virginia and the federal government have approved us as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This is as “approved” as a non-profit can get! Click the APPROVALS link in the above menu to see copies of our credentials. Second, as you make donations, you will see the Scholarship Pool grow. Online donations will post instantly on Crowdrise. All other donations and merchandise profits will post on Crowdrise after we have deposited your funds in the Scholarship Pool bank account. Lastly, you will see this Scholarship Pool disbursed to future STEM majors each year in the form of scholarship checks written directly to their college’s bursars office. This ensures that all money goes to their education and nothing else.
Why is my county not on the eligibility list?
Given we are less than one year old and have full-time jobs as an engineer, teacher, and doctor, our availability is limited. We prefer to be effective in a small area instead of ineffective in a large area. As with any organization, as funding and interest grows, so will our footprint and impact.