ASTC Diversity Challenge Fund

$1,340 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 9 people in 4 months
We need your help to loudly and proudly demonstrate your commitment to a future where the staffs, boards, and visitors at science centers and museums reflect their communities! Your gift now will help move us there.

Making Change

Science centers and museums are vital parts of our communities, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is at the forefront of supporting these institutions as they evolve, grow, and reach for their mission to change lives every day in rapidly changing communities.

ASTC values and celebrates the rich diversity that makes up the teams and organizations we serve and the broader communities we engage globally. Over the past decades, ASTC has invested in and will continue to invest in action for the science-center field in support of the foundational, essential values of diversity, accessibility, inclusion, and equity.  

For nearly 20 years, the ASTC Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows Program has been ASTC’s flagship effort to nurture inclusion and diversity among the science-center community. This program provides professional development, mentorship, and leadership training to science-center professionals who are on the leading edge of changing their institutions for the future.

From October 2017-March 2018, the ASTC community raised more than $85,000 towards the Diversity Challenge Fund. These resources have supported the 2018 Leadership and Diversity Fellows program—with the largest cohort of fellows in recent history—and ASTC’s planning efforts to prioritize diversity programs in our future strategy. Now, this Giving Tuesday,  we’re kicking off the next phase of fundraising to build on this strong foundation.

The Challenge
More needs to be done. The Diversity Challenge Fund is helping ASTC enhance and expand resources for science centers and museums committed to seeking out and engaging a diversity of ideas, perspectives, backgrounds, disciplines, knowledge systems, and approaches.

Expanding the impact of the Diversity Fellows Program is a starting priority. Additional programs will empower institutions to increase their cultural competence, nurture a pipeline of diverse leaders, help increase access to science and opportunity, and contribute to a more equitable prosperous, just, and resilient society.

You Make Change Possible
We’re setting a target to raise $50,000 by the end of ASTC’s fiscal year in March 2019. ASTC Board members and others have already contributed nearly $20,000 toward this goal, and our next milestone is to raise another $2,500 through November 27’s Giving Tuesday.  This funding will go to work immediately, making it possible for future leaders to participate in year-round professional development, and fueling new equity and diversity programs and resources in the months and years to come.

We are so grateful to the founding donors and additional supporters who stepped up last year to support the launch of the Diversity Challenge Fund. We’re looking forward to adding YOUR name to this list  this year!

Thank you for your support!
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$1,340 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 9 people in 4 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Association of Science-Technology Centers Incorporated
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