SAfG is a 501c3, created in 2014 with the sole purpose of removing systemic barriers to all girls’ participation in STEM starting in kindergarten, engage them through hands-on learning, increase their positive attitudes toward STEM, and equip them with 21st century skills. SAfG provides after school STEM programs intentionally designed for TK-5th children with a special focus on girls and underserved youth to increase positive attitudes toward STEM, bolster STEM identity, encourage lifelong learning of STEM subjects and increase self-efficacy.
In November 2014, SAfG was established to close the gender gap in STEM by creating programs that build capacity for family engagement in STEM. Drawing upon research and best practices SAfG uses an intersectional approach by:,
As of October 2020, SAfG has served 1200+ girls (many returning for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year) in its afterschool STEM programs.
As an SAfG Board member you will be supporting one of the few non-profits in the Bay Area specifically providing STEM programming for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Your board participation will help SAfG continue to grow and provide more young girls in the Bay Area with STEM programming designed to not only engage them in STEM for the long term, but to also teach them 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, perseverance and determination.
You will be joining a board of passionate supporters of STEM education for girls who want to change the face of science, and envision a more gender equitable society where women pursue and choose careers that provide them more economic freedom and opportunities to advance society.
You will also have the opportunity to attend SAfG after school classes, Family STEAM Nights, and special events with SAfG and its partners, including the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, the Chabot Space and Science Center.
1. Board Attendance and Sharing of Expertise. The Scientific Adventures (SA) Nonprofit board is a governance board, dealing with issues central to SA’s long term success. Consistent board meeting attendance helps provide critical governance oversight by the board and is required. The Board as a whole will meet quarterly. In addition to board work, directors contribute to SA through their work on special projects or by making themselves available for consultation with management or the board on issues on which they have special knowledge, experience, or expertise - this will be on a monthly basis. Directors may help arrange for donation of resources or management time from their companies or their network to assist management on particular issues or problems.
2. Fundraising. Fundraising is critical to SA and is a board responsibility. Directors are expected to attend at least one event / fundraiser and raise or contribute a minimum of $5,000 per year through helping with donor drives or assisting with a grant. All directors should be prepared to solicit contributions on behalf of SA from sources identified themselves or by the board.
6. Advocacy and Networking. Directors are expected to be strong advocates for SA within the community. Advocacy and networking are especially important when SA launches a new program.
7. Showcasing SA in the Community. SA wants to showcase its staff and its programs as widely as possible. Directors are expected to help with this effort by identifying groups and events at which SA staff might speak on behalf of SA.
8. Donor Cultivation Events. SA’s directors participate in donor cultivation events as planned by SA staff.
9. Building Support. Directors are expected to help identify potential new donors and to help build support for SA in the community, especially the corporate giving community.
10. Building the Board. Building the board is a continual process. Directors are expected to help SA find new directors who support SA’s mission, are willing to advocate on behalf of SA, who will work well with other members of the board, and who will contribute to the annual fund and endowment.
A. Length of Term
1. Each board member shall serve a one-year term from the effective date. A board member may serve up to five successive one-year terms.
B. Time Commitment Required
1. At a minimum Board Members meet quarterly for an average of 2 hours per meeting, with at least one meeting in person, a year, and will be available for occasional calls with the Executive Director a minimum of 1 hour per month.
2. Board members are expected to attend at least one SAFG event or fundraising event per year.
C. General Qualifications
Each board member should have each of the skills or attributes described below:
D. General Expectations and Responsibilities
SAfG is a 501c3, created in 2014 with the sole purpose of removing systemic barriers to all girls’ participation in STEM starting in kindergarten, engage them through hands-on learning…