Mission: THE ORGANIZATION IS DEVOTED TO INSPIRING, MOTIVATING, AND EDUCATING STUDENTS TO PURSUE CAREERS IN SCIENCE; TECHNOLOGY; ENGINEERING; AND MATH (STEM) RELATED FIELDS.

Students 2 Science is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2009, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.students2science.org

 66 DEFOREST AVE
East Hanover NJ 07936-2811



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

97

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

97

out of 100

The score earned by Students 2 Science is a passing score

This V5 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

97

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

74.93%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

7/8 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

17.68%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



CATHERINE A NUGENT, VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL E

$133,221


PAUL WINSLOW PHD, PRESIDENT/CO-FOUNDER

$55,730


BILL BRENNER, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

$6,181


LAWRENCE S FOX, VICE PRESIDENT/CO-FOUNDER

$0


GARY PIERINGER, SECRETARY

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Students 2 Science reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

S2S had to make many financial, programmatic, and operational adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, we furloughed 24 members of our staff of 30 and closed both our Technology Centers in East Hanover and Newark, NJ. A minimum number of staff was kept on board to prepare for the 2020-21 school year, for which we shifted gears to focus solely on virtual STEM learning. The pandemic impacted our ability to secure new fundraising commitments, resulting in an operational loss for FY20. But our Development staff continued their efforts to fundraise and also worked closely with donors to ensure funds were diverted to support virtual programs while maintaining donor priorities. S2S applied for and received COVID-19 financial assistance, including SBA EIDL Loan, Garden State Relief Loan, and a PPP Loan, which impacted our Balance Sheet/Net Assets. The PPP Loan was helpful in bringing back limited number of program staff in September 2020 to resume delivery of virtual programs.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

To meet the increased remote learning needs of school districts, we focused solely on virtual STEM learning in the 2020-21 school year. We developed three separate versions for the V-Lab (Virtual Laboratory), our existing remote learning program. The versions comprised of both synchronous and asynchronous modes to allow us to adapt to the remote, hybrid, and in-person schedules of partner districts. All program staff were assigned to development, scheduling, and delivery of V-Labs. During the 2020-21 school year, we served over 33,000 students through 2,440 V-Lab classes. Additionally, we partnered with Cadence Learning, an educational non-profit with a national coalition of partners. Through Cadence, our V-Lab content was made available to more than 500,000 students in 20 states. We also implemented initiatives focused on expanding outreach, including a pilot program with the Boys & Girls Club to bring S2S programs intro after school and V-Lab expansion into schools in Pittsburgh, PA.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

In Spring 2020, we had to close both our Technology Centers, furlough most of our staff (24 out of 30), and manage our operations with a minimum number of employees. We also had to go fully remote and provide all working staff members with appropriate resources to be able to work from home. Later in the year, when virtual programming resumed, we had to adapt our program operations to the rapidly changing circumstances. We invested in technology to ensure smooth operation of the V-Labs in their new variations and to adapt them to work seamlessly with various virtual platforms used by school partners. Additionally, at our Newark Technology Center, we created V-Lab studios in homes of staff members as the City of Newark did now allow on-site return. We also implemented mitigation protocols in our East Hanover Technology Center to ensure staff safety when they returned to work on site.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

This past year, despite being challenging and full of uncertainties, allowed us to further develop and strengthen our virtual STEM programming. We adapted to the many technical and logistical challenges of hybrid/remote learning and learned to modify our programming accordingly. We would apply these experiences to improve our virtual programming capacity and expand our outreach. We have already implemented several initiatives focused on expanding outreach - including a pilot program with the Boys & Girls Club to bring S2S programs intro after school; V-Lab expansion into schools in Pittsburgh, PA; and a partnership to share our program content with Cadence Learning, a non-profit with national outreach - all with the intent to bring innovative STEM experiences to as many students as possible.


...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Students 2 Science cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Students 2 Science reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$2,025,150

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


THE ORGANIZATION USES INNOVATIVE LABORATORY PROGRAMS WITHIN CLASS CURRICULA. THE PROGRAMS PROVIDE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH PROFESSIONAL SCIENTISTS TO PERFORM HANDS-ON EXPERIM ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Students 2 Science is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Inspire, motivate, and educate elementary, middle, and high school students in economically disadvantaged communities to pursue careers in STEM and foster a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Our overarching goal is help build a strong, diverse, and qualified talent pipeline to support the 21st Century STEM workforce and create a more equitable and resilient society.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: • Serve 1 million students annually in school districts and communities across the country by the year 2030.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Establish three to five S2S Technology Centers in strategic locations across the country.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Expand to 10,000 V-Lab classes nationally, through partnerships with public schools, charter school networks, and after school/out-of-school programs.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Over the past 12 months, we have invested in leadership development by strengthening our Board. We expanded our Board from five members to twelve, while ensuring that our Board composition is now more inclusive, representative and diverse; appointed a new Board Chair; created new Board committees; and recruited a consultant to lead Board development training.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Our staff and the board are actively engaged in forming partnerships with other organizations and individuals, including school districts, corporate partners, volunteers, local and state leadership, and STEM experts. These partnerships ensure we have buy-ins from important stakeholders and are working collaboratively to bring hands-on, rigorous and innovative STEM education to our target audience, students in economically disadvantaged communities across NJ and beyond. We are also developing a comprehensive marketing and communication plan to leverage various channels and resources to raise awareness of our organization. Two key components of that plan are: 1) a new S2S website with a fresh look, including a user-friendly interface, secure design, and refreshed content, and 2) an Online Resource Center, comprised of essential program toolkits, college & career videos, webinars, and a wide variety of helpful STEM resources for educators, families, and other key constituents.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


We shifted programmatic focus completely to virtual learning to support school districts in their increased need for virtual, high-quality STEM experiences. Additionally, we expanded outreach to after school programs and made our program content available to another non-profit organization with a national outreach. We reallocated funding, in close collaboration with donors and supporters, and restructured our staff to accommodate the shift to all virtual learning. Operationally, we shifted to all-remote and provided our staff with the resources to work from home. When staff returned on site, we instituted mitigation measures to keep them safe. When program delivery from our labs was not feasible, we created make-shift labs at homes of staff members, to ensure continuity in program delivery. As the pandemic shined a spotlight on the severe educational disparity in our nation, it strengthened our resolve to serve the many students and teachers who need us. We are working closely with our many partners and collaborators to best leverage our programs and expertise to make an impact. We have invested in new technology to adapt our virtual programs to the shifting learning formats. We also invested in organizational capacity building, exemplified by our Board development efforts over the last year. All this is geared towards successfully meeting our larger, overarching vision – to increase annual outreach to 1 million students living in economically disadvantaged communities.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Students 2 Science is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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