Financial and Operational FAQ

How does Science Connected serve science education?

We support science educators and parents in two key ways.
First, we provide free access to scientific research findings. We deliver accurate, research-based science news at US high-school reading levels through our digital publication, Science Connected Magazine. Second, we give free access to standards-aligned science education resources to science teachers, parents, and schools on request. Science Connected provides free and discounted access to science labs, lessons, and educational games.

What is your role in science communication?

We have built a global network that provides free public access to science news and information. 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. 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. 

Will my donation support a Science Connected program or operating costs?

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.

What are your sources of income?

Individual public donations: 70%
Program income: 5%
Foundation grants: 20%
Business and corporate donations: 5%
*estimates for current fiscal year

What is the impact of Science Connected and how is this measured?

We measure the positive impact we have had through providing increased access to science education and information. Click here to view annual impact reports

What communities are served by Science Connected programs?

Science Connected provides public access to our digital publications and educational resources worldwide. Locally, we serve low-income public schools science literacy programs in California. We ensure equal access to scientific information and STEM education for women and minority groups often underrepresented in the sciences.

How much do you pay your executives?

Nothing. Science Connected is a volunteer-powered organization and none of our executive officers receive compensation for leading our organization. This allows us to keep our overhead costs low and maximize the impact of donations.

How large is your staff?

Board of directors: 5
Independent contractors: 12
Volunteers and advisors: 100+

Where can I learn more about your financials, management, and tax reporting?

More about our financial and managerial practices can be viewed on our Candid Profile. Science Connected is a voluntary Candid Platinum participant, demonstrating our commitment to the highest level of financial transparency.