Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need a Foundation?

The Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education seeks to raise the resources necessary to give students at the New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School the competitive edge needed for 21st century jobs. It supports innovative programs and experiential opportunities to enrich the curriculum, inspire students and staff and enhance community involvement in one of the very few U.S. public, open-enrollment charter high schools devoted to science, technology, engineering and math education.

The Foundation is a separate nonprofit organization managed by volunteer Board of Directors. For a list of Board members, click here.

Where does the money go?

Dollars that come to the Foundation are either restricted or unrestricted. The restricted dollars support programs designated by the donor. The unrestricted contributions are allocated by the Foundation's Board of Directors to those areas of greatest need. Since 2006, the Foundation has raised more than $3 million to energize existing programs for students and staff and to promote community involvement.

How do you measure success?

In 2011-12, the Foundation provided over $400,000 in grants and other assistance to Sci High. Almost 80% of every dollar raised went directly to program expenses. The Foundation seeks to provide the school with the resources to educate students effectively and well. Nationally, charter schools raise about $1,500 per student to supplement public funds; our goal is to raise our level of support to meet or exceed the national average. Public funds are not enough to educate students to the high standard they deserve. Louisiana spends significantly less than the national per-pupil average. In a state that ranks near the bottom of most public education ratings, instead of spending less on our students, we should be spending more.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. The Foundation is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation will mail you a receipt for any contribution made.