The 2017 Science-A-Thon was a great success thanks to the hundreds of people who participated, donated, and spread the enthusiasm!
With your help, ESWN raised over $32,000! The power of Science-A-Thon came from individual days and lives in diverse countries, fields, and professions. Participants shared photos of morning routines, meetings, lab equipment, field research, computer screens, family, pets, and more! These posts gave glimpses into the lives of scientists around the world. #DayofScience was trending on Twitter, which inspired even more scientists to join in. Science-A-Thon captured the media’s attention, and was featured in an Upworthy article. We’re excited to see how this momentum energizes people for the 2018 Science-A-Thon!
Participants enjoyed their “I science!” t-shirts, which are available online, $10 from every shirt sold goes to support ESWN!
Science-A-Thon raised over $32,000 to support our endowment with the Madison Community Foundation! This is a huge success, but we need to get to $50K to reach our first match. Will you help us? Your gift will be MATCHED by the Madison Community Foundation at a 1:2 ratio, so your gift of $40 becomes $60 for ESWN. This funding will support ESWN into the future. When we reach $50K, the matching will kick in to create a $75K endowment. Depending on interest rates, this will generate up to $4K per year, forever! This money will be used to “keep the lights on.” It is enough to support our website, ensure we can host events at AGU, or support a student assistant for projects.
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ESWN is thrilled to host Science-A-Thon, a one-day celebration of science and scientists (like you!). Science-A-Thon will showcase the work of scientists over a single “day in the life.” Participants will post 12 photos over 12 hours on July 13. All participants will be raising money for ESWN. As you know, ESWN is free to join, with no dues or fees. So Science-A-Thon connects the public with the amazing scientists of ESWN and beyond, and raises much needed money to support our organization and help us maximize our impact. Science-A-Thon is open to people of all genders, any field of science, professionals, students, and folks who want to be a “#ScientistForADay”. We would love to have everyone sign up and celebrate science together! You can also encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to join and/or sponsor you.
Join ESWN for an exciting tour of the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), a leading planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum all in one! Our tour will be personally led by Executive Director Dr. Jon Foley. Jon has been a long-time supporter of ESWN, and hosted a fantastic tour for our group in 2015. He will talk about science outreach, his transition from a career in academia to museum director, the role of museums in research and public education, and more! This will be an excellent opportunity to meet other ESWN members and supporters, and you will go behind the scenes at one of the top science museums in the world! It will be an incredible experience!
This amazing event is for a small group (15 sign-ups max). A $100 minimum donation to ESWN is required per person. Click here to donate via PayPal. These contributions will be used to help fund other ESWN activities at AGU and beyond. Anyone is welcome to participate in the tour, whether ESWN members, guests, or others interested in science and diversity. The tour will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from 2pm to 5pm. Attendees are responsible for transportation to the museum, located in Golden Gate Park. We will help connect participants interested in sharing Ubers.
All spots for the 2016 tour of CAS have been filled. Thanks to all who signed up! We are looking forward to seeing you at this awesome behind–the–scenes tour!
ESWN hopes to jumpstart fundraising for their endowment campaign fund with short-term goals
ESWN is well on the way to reaching their May 1 donation goals! Over $3,400 has already been raised with contributions from more than 40 members. This brings the organization 15 percent of the way toward their goal of raising $20,000 from at least 60 member contributions this season.
The spring period will end May 1. Members and donors can track the progress for each term with a new online tracking feature at eswnonline.org.
The group is also seeking outside donors to help meet the $20,000 goal each term, and ESWN welcomes its members to spread the word and introduce the board to potential donors.
“With these interim goals, we are hoping to better track our progress, and recognize the generous supporters who make ESWN a success,” said Tracey Holloway, ESWN President and member of the Fundraising Committee.
The grant from MCF aims to engage both ESWN members and the broader public as donors, allowing each contributed dollar to go further. The organization has three main goals for the campaign: 1) Reach the $100,000 goal, which will yield a $150,000 endowment; 2) Engage the members as donors, with at least 10 percent of ESWN members contributing; 3) Increase the visibility of our organization and members.
“With increased press coverage and media engagement, we aim to change public perceptions of scientists, showcase role models for girls considering science and engineering, and raise awareness about opportunities and challenges for women in these fields.”
This endowment campaign is the second time in ESWN’s 13-year history where the organization has asked its membership to donate to a major fundraising effort. In 2014, ESWN raised nearly $14,000 in one month, from almost 300 donors, with most donors ESWN members.
All donations are tax deductible and eligible for donation matching programs run by many employers. To help ESWN reach the goal of raising $100K, visit https://eswnonline.org/give.
If you would like to introduce the ESWN to potential donors, please contact Tracey Holloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESWN is a peer-mentoring network, serving early-career scientists worldwide, and providing a community for women in science at all stages. The organization increases retention of women in the geosciences by facilitating and supporting professional person-to-person connections.