Science Club for Girls 9th Catalyst Awards Reaches New Heights

November 9, 2016 — Science Club for Girls (SCFG), a Cambridge-based nonprofit that provides free, experiential STEM mentoring programs for K-12th grade girls in Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Newton, and Brookline, announced that its annual Catalyst Awards celebration recently raised a record-setting $93,000.

The 9th Annual Catalyst Awards celebrated SCFG’s 22 years of excellence in addressing gender, racial, and socio-economic equity in STEM education.  The annual awards “recognize individuals and institutions who are strategic, innovative and effective in promoting diversity in STEM, and who embody those qualities that inpsire the best in us.”  Honored at the event were Diane Hessan, Chairman of C Space, Allison Mnookin, CEO of Quickbase, and Innovation Women, whose Catalyst acceptance speech was met with roaring applause as they described their organization’s mission to eradicate the “all male, all pale” panel.

Innovation Women also announced as part of their acceptance speech a new feature of their visibility platform: an opportunity for registered users to self-identify as mentors to give SCFG and other nonprofit organizations a ready supply of outstanding role models to connect with their participants.

The event attracted over 120 philanthropists, STEM advocates, and supporters to Boston’s District Hall on the evening of Tuesday, October 25th. Frequently tagged as #Catalyst9 on social media, the event raised over 20% more donations and attracted 25% more attendees than in 2015. The funds raised represent about 12% of SCFG’s total fundraising goal for FY17.

“The generosity of our sponsors and supporters continues to inspire and amaze,” said SCFG Executive Director Lonsdale Koester. “Catalyst is a night for celebrating the extraordinary impact of role models and mentors in the lives of the girls we serve. Our donors and funders are truly catalysts for our work to expand access and opportunity for underrepresented women and girls in STEM.”

Terina-Jasmine Alladin, Manager of Development and Communications at SCFG noted that the organization held its most successful paddle-raise to date, raising over $12,000 to support SCFG’s teen tech team and other programs. Guests were delighted by an impromptu pitch made by SCFG teen participant Hannah, who was a member of last year’s tech team that placed in the world semi-finals of the global Technovation Challenge.  Donations made during the live ask will be matched by an additional $10,000 “thanks to the immense support and generosity of Novus Laurus,” a digital business strategy firm led by CEO Pradeep Aradhya, who also serves on SCFG’s board of directors.

About Science Club for Girls:
Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has been providing free, fun after school programs for girls in STEM for over 20 years; what began as one kindergarten club in 1994 is now serving over 1,200 girls in grades K-12 annually in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Brookline and Lawrence, led by over 200 volunteer mentor scientists. 80% of SCFG participants come from racial or socio-economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM fields. SCFG’s mission is to “foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls, particularly from underrepresented communities, by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” For more information, please visit http://www.scienceclubforgirls.org

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