Support and Donate
Make a donation*
STARS To STEM, Inc. is seeking donations to support our organization's efforts to renovate the East Lyme Planetarium and renew it as a 21st Century learning experience.
We are currently accepting checks (pay to the order of STARS To STEM, Inc.).
To pay by check, mail your donation to:
STARS To STEM, Inc.
PO Box 616
Niantic, CT 06357
PayPal - Credit Card - Debit Card payments
We are happy to add the ability to make a donation through our website. The service is provided by PayPal, so you can make a secure and encrypted transaction through your PayPal account or a credit or debit card. We receive an email when PayPal receives your transaction and we complete the process and transfer the funds to our bank account. The funds are available to us the next business day.
Please note: PayPal charges nonprofits a 2.2% plus $.30 per transaction fee. Check with your tax advisor about your individual tax-deductible situation.
Donate through Guidestar or Facebook
Our organization is registered through Guidestar, an online database that lists all nonprofits approved by the IRS. This website publishes information about the organizations and offers this donation service to its members. Network for Good manages the donations for Guidestar. The fee our organization pays for each transaction is 5%. It can take up to 60 days until the funds are deposited to our bank account.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to STARS To STEM, Inc. when you designate our organization as your charity. This option is a simple and automatic way for you to support the planetarium effort whenever you shop. To shop - select the link that will bring you directly to shopping through Smile. In order for us to receive the donation, you must access Amazon through the smile.amazon.com link.
Amazon transfers the donations on a monthly basis directly to our bank account.
What will your donation support?
Start-up initial investment is the funding essential to restore the East Lyme High School Planetarium facility to functional operations with newest technology incorporated, currently projected for completion by September 30, 2019, the end of our current fiscal year. Now that our 501(c)(3) application has been approved, we are forging ahead full throttle with our fundraising efforts.
STARS To STEM, Inc. has developed a comprehensive business plan that outlines five years of budgetary needs. Start-up costs include the following:
- state-of-the-art projection system and necessary hardware,
- software that includes programs and licenses,
- full surround sound audio system,
- essential electrical and facility upgrades,
- furniture, and
- administrative essentials.
Our goal is to raise sufficient funds for start-up by June 1, 2019. This is to ensure that the facility is up and running for October 1, 2019. Ongoing fundraising is needed to sustain this project. In our first year of operating the planetarium, funding will also support staff and other necessary expenses.
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Other ways to support
A pledge to our annual fund allows STARS To STEM, Inc. to continue to develop new and innovative programs in STEM education. Annual fund gifts can be made in cash, credit card via PayPal (pending), or by check. For donations of non-cash gifts, please consult the Board of Directors for appropriateness. Contact us email@example.com to pledge a yearly donation.
Many employers will match all or a portion of your contribution. Retirees and spouses may also qualify for this program. Check with your company’s Human Resources department for participation.
Through planned gifts, you may be able to make a greater impact. In addition, tax benefits may be available by supporting STARS To STEM through philanthropic efforts.
SCHEDULE AN EVENT
Once we have completed our start-up phase, individuals and corporations can request customized presentations for their families or staff. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Planned fundraising efforts include special events hosted locally and open to all. Events are just one way of sustaining the work of our organization.
STARS To STEM, Inc. continually seeks support from community experts who can contribute their time and expertise to our overall goal. Local businesses can help by providing venues for events, donating administrative materials, or assisting with the room restoration, for example. Please consider joining our team to indicate how you can help.
*STARS To STEM, Inc., is a Connecticut nonprofit corporation in good standing and registered with the Department of Consumer Protection as a charitable organization (CHR.0062295). STARS To STEM was incorporated on May 4, 2018 and is tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) with Public Charity status 170(b)(1)(A)(vi). Please contact your tax consultant regarding your eligibility for personal tax deductions.