SVGives increased the amount of funds that the Tech Museum of Innovation – The Tech for short – could devote to providing hands-on science labs for underserved Santa Clara County students last year. These are students who would not receive instruction like this without The Tech, and the team there says they could not offer these labs without the support of generous donors.
“The labs are one of the most valuable opportunities my students have and will experience," said a second-grade teacher at San Jose's Washington Elementary, where 89 percent of students are socioeconomically disadvantaged. "Students who were often shy, non-communicative and afraid to take risks in the classroom were suddenly boisterous and confident because they found themselves in a room where the playing field was leveled and all of their ideas were considered viable possibilities.”
Jessica Christie, Director, Individual Giving at The Tech, had this to say:
“The future belongs to those who can understand and use technology. Our donors' support means The Tech can continue inspiring the innovators of tomorrow, no matter their socioeconomic background. The Tech had a wonderful experience participating in SVGives 2014. We were able to acquire new donors, one of whom included a great note with her gift: ‘For the rich programs you offer, particularly Tech Challenge, giving our kids amazing learning opportunities.’ SVGives helped us engage people who clearly love The Tech, but had not yet been inspired to donate. Thanks SVGives!”
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