Science center expansion made possible with massive donation
July 11, 2013
When an academic institution decides to expand its reach, a lot of money is needed to make this possible. There are so many things that are required to make this a reality - administrators need to hire more teachers and give each of them resources like paper, computers, books and dozens of other things enable more education.
The Connecticut Science Center will be able to grow thanks to a large donation from the Andrew J. and Joyce D. Mandell Family Foundation. The organization's money will go toward creating the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Academy for Teachers at the Connecticut Science Center, which will serve about 1,500 educators each year, giving them various tools and resources.
While the exact amount of the gift was not disclosed, the Philanthropy News Digest suggested that it was a seven-figure sum.
"Teachers have told me that what they learn here completely changes how they teach, and their students' test scores have risen as a result," Andrew Mandell noted. "Joyce and I, and our whole family, want to be sure that teachers all over Connecticut have access to the kind of training they need to help their students succeed."
The foundation wanted to help expand teachers' knowledge base and materials due to new state and nationwide regulations on curricula involving science, technology, engineering and math.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.